If I hadn’t already had a suspicions that the fall of western civilization as a free society is well under way, the hub bub around this Moore character pinned a rose on it.
This guy is a classic case of give him an inch and he’ll take a mile. He is the very essence of why we must not let religion encroach upon government. But it already has, so I should have used the past tense.
Chief Justice(fired) Roy Moore started his notoriety by becoming the “Ten Commandments Judge” back in 1997, when he was a district judge in Alabama. Nobody much noticed, cause we were busy in Bosnia. It seems he had carved the ten commandments on a piece of wood and mounted it behind his bench. He was ordered to remove it, and refused.
At that time, the Governor Fob and Attorney General Pryorcame to his rescue, to the point where they were ready to call out the National Guard. He became so popular because of his contempt for the Constitution that he was able to run for and win the position of Chief Justice.
Since he was rewarded for his contempt, he felt obliged to again put up his concept of morality, hence the massive misuse of stone in the Alabama courthouse. Right there in the center of the lobby, where you had to walk past to get inside.
People again complained, and eventually, the Moore was ordered to remove the monument. Remember, this is a COURT HOUSE, not a CHURCH. Sorry about the caps, but the people who write newspeak want you to start thinking they are the same thing. They are not, I assure you, and the death of Freedom for America will begin when the issue is thoroughly obfuscated and dissembled.
The First Amendment reads:“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof … .”
The case is quite simple, really. Moore was violating the law in actually two separate areas. He was violating the First Amendment, and he was violating fair labor practices. He also refused to allow a marker for Martin Luther King, Jr's “I have a dream’ speech to be placed next to it, so there are other discriminations going on, as well. I used to live in Alabama, and they love this crap. This is the state that their governor (Wallace) stood on the steps of a state university and swore he would never let a ni**er on the campus. They elected him three times, and then his wife.
The First Amendment quite simply, means that Congress can neither embrace or discriminate against any religion.
That is why this amendment is sometimes referred to as the ‘separation clause’, even though the separation of church and state is not mentioned.
Moore, and many other Christians and right-wingers, will tell you that the intent of the founding fathers was for the morality of America be legislated, and it be christian. They will argue that the Founding Fathers were christian, and that they proved it when they talked about ‘Our Creator” and ‘…by their Creator’. They say that this shows that faith is written into the Constitution.
Yes, some of the founding fathers were christian, but some were not. Jefferson, Franklin, And the ones who were not, well, I think they were the real movers and shakers in the revolution and in the wording of the Constitution. I think some Christians today are a little bit like sheep. If Christians back then were like Christians today, they never could have pulled off the revolution. That is another ramble…
So anyway, the founding fathers were of differing religious opinions, but they all had one thing in common, and that is that they were victims of religious discrimination in England, or knew someone who had been. They knew a simple truth: there can be no freedom of worship unless there were a permanent ban on state sponsored religion.
“The United States is not a Christian nation any more than it is a Jewish or a Mohammedan nation.”– Treaty of Tripoli (1797), President John Adams
John Adams was not only the second president of the United States, he was a Founding Father. His stated religion is Unitarian, so he did believe in a Higher Power, but not the Jehovah of Christian litany. He was known as the ‘Atlas of Independence’. Now look me in the eye and tell me that the Founding Fathers were all Christian and they had INTENDED America to be a Christian Nation, or even that the Constitution is based on Christian morality.