An Eye-Witness Account Of Chief Justice Roy Moore's
Sat Nov 15 00:13:02 2003
An Eye-Witness Account Of Chief Justice Roy Moore's Ten Commandments Inquisition
By Chuck Baldwin -
I was in attendance at Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's trial in Montgomery
this past Wednesday and Thursday. "Trial" is not really the proper word,
however. A better word is "inquisition."
There was never a doubt that the "judges" had made up their minds to remove
Chief Justice Moore from the bench before the proceedings ever began. They sat
like wooden Indians throughout the trial, taking few notes and, with only one
exception, making no comments, and asking no questions.
Furthermore, Moore's attorneys had some 20 pieces of evidentiary material that
they could have presented. This was denied. There were also several credible
witnesses, including former Alabama Governor Fob James, that could have been
called to testify on Moore's behalf. This was also denied.
The trial took upon itself a distinctive tone of inquisition when Alabama
Attorney General Bill Pryor questioned Chief Justice Moore. Here is an exchange
between Pryor and Moore taken from the official transcript of the trial:
Pryor: Mr. Chief Justice? And your understanding is that the Federal court
ordered that you could not acknowledge God; isn't that right?
Pryor: And if you resume your duties as Chief Justice after this proceeding, you
will continue to acknowledge God as you have testified that you would today —
Moore: That's right.
Pryor: — no matter what any other official says?
Moore: Absolutely. (Chief Justice Moore then elaborated.)
Pryor: The only point I am trying to clarify, Mr. Chief Justice, is not why, but
only that, in fact, if you do resume your duties as Chief Justice, you will
continue to do that [acknowledge God] without regard to what any other official
says; isn't that right?
Moore: (He responds by listing numerous examples of the public acknowledgement
of God, and concluded answering the question.) I think you must.
Does any reader of this exchange not see what Bill Pryor was demanding? He was
demanding that Chief Justice Roy Moore not acknowledge God! Pryor did not even
refer to the Ten Commandments. He repeatedly asked Moore if he would continue to
acknowledge God. To acknowledge God was deemed an impermissible activity and for
this Roy Moore was removed as Alabama Chief Justice.
Watching Bill Pryor examine Roy Moore in such a fashion reminded me of the movie
"Luther." It was shockingly similar to the moment when the great reformer stood
in front of the Roman council and heard the inquisitor shout, "Will you recant?
Will you recant? Will you recant?"
It is more than interesting that Bill Pryor asked Chief Justice Moore three
times whether he would continue to acknowledge God, because Satan asked the Lord
Jesus three times to fall down and worship him, and Simon Peter denied Christ
three times. There does seem to be a pattern!
The point that all Americans must understand is that Chief Justice Roy Moore was
removed from the bench, not for committing any crime, not for participating in
unethical conduct, and not even for posting the Ten Commandments in the Alabama
Judicial Building. He was removed from office for acknowledging God!
Americans must understand that people such as judge Myron Thompson and Alabama
Attorney General Bill Pryor actually believe that the public acknowledgement of
God is illegal activity. Even more dangerous, they believe that a federal
judge's order, not the U.S. Constitution, is the supreme law of the land. Pryor
said as much during the trial.
There is yet another similarity of Roy Moore's trial to a Dark Ages-style
inquisition. Not only was he commanded to recant his public acknowledgment of
God, the trial itself was conducted out of public view. No television cameras or
recording devices were allowed. Obviously, the inquisitors did not want the
American people to see and hear for themselves what took place inside the
Alabama Judicial Building on that day.
However, reminiscent of Dark Ages-style punishment, while the trial took place
in obscurity, TV cameras were allowed in the courtroom the next day when the
verdict to remove Moore from the bench was announced, so all America could
witness the "hanging."
The removal of Chief Justice Roy Moore as Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice is
a travesty of justice, a reproach upon our national honor, and an insult to the
voters of Alabama! It is also painfully obvious that since the American
inquisition has begun, it is now time for an American reformation!
The American reformation should begin with the voters of Alabama electing Roy
Moore to the highest office of that state and by the American people electing
men and women to Congress who will immediately put a stop to these black-robed
Let the reformation begin
Here is the instigator of the original action against Judge Roy Moore
Steven R. Glassroth, Glassroth & Associates, P.C., Montgomery, Alabama
The Glassroth Law Firm, P.C.,
615 S McDonough St
Montgomery, AL 36104
The Glassroth Law Firm, P.C.,
PO Box 910
Glassroth vs. Moore
Opponents of Roy Moore to characterize him as 'religious nut'
The American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for the Separation of
Church and State, and the Southern Poverty Law Center brought the lawsuit
because they want the Ten Commandments Memorial that Moore erected in the
rotunda of the state judicial building removed.
American Civil Liberties Union
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Birmingham, AL has around 100
million dollars in his bank account, which he uses to destroy Christian
Southern Poverty Law Center
Morris Dees -- Child Molester, Pervert, and Liar
Many Americans Oppose Dees
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Published: Nov 13, 2003 - 11:20:26 pm CST
Alabama chief justice Roy Moore removed
By Clif Lusk, The Messenger
A nine-member Court of the Judiciary Thursday removed Roy Moore from his
position as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for defying a federal
court order to remove a statue of the 10 Commandments from the State Judicial
The chief justice was suspended in August for refusing to obey an order from
Judge Myron Thompson directed the 5,280-pound granite monuments moved.
The panel comprised of judges, lawyers and residents "Š found that Chief Justice
Moore not only willfully and publicly defied the orders of the United States
district court, but upon direct questioning by the court, he also gave no
assurances that he would follow that order or any similar order in the future.
In fact, he affirmed his earlier statements win which he said he would do the
same. Under these circumstances, there is no penalty short of removal from
office that would resolve this issue," according to the court's final order.
Moore, reading from the court transcript, said: "It's about whether or not we
can acknowledge God as the source of our law and our liberty," he said. "That's
all I've done. I've been found guilty."
Dr. Edwin Walter, pastor of First Baptist Church in Troy, has been following
"I think what they did was wrong," he said of the court's decision.
"I expected it to happen, but it still upsets me. I don't think the decision was
fair," Walter said.
Walter said be believes the issue, at the outset, was an overreach of federal
"I don't think a federal judge can dictate to the sovereign state of Alabama
what it can and can't do in this regard," he said.
However, Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor believes the court order does
extend to Moore's actions as chief justice.
Pryor prosecuted the case against Moore, arguing the judge should be removed
because he intentionally and publicly engaged in misconduct, and because of he
remains unrepentant for his behavior," according to court transcripts.
Moore has maintained that his oath of office prevented him from following an
illegal court order.
Moore supporter John Giles, president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, in
a prepared statement faxed to media, said: "The action taken today by the Court
of the Judiciary has reduced the oath of office to a frivolous and meaningless
ceremonial exercise that now has no value."
Troy attorney Joel Lee Williams disagreed, however.
"It's an incredible shame that this guy was laying off with his $180,000-year
job when we don't have the money to pay court clerks in the state and we're
having to lay off people," he said.
"When anyone defies a court order there are repercussions, and when the chief
justice defies a court order there are repercussions," he said. "He made his bed
and now has to lie in it."
Williams said religion was important, but ought to be taught at home rather than
in government buildings.
"When Gov. Wallace stood in the doorway, we had a 100-year old law on
segregation," Williams said. "Moore Š fabricated this issue Š and it smacks of
snake oil and I resent it."
Gov. Bob Riley, also speaking in a prepared statement, said he always believed
the Ten Commandments were appropriate to display in public place.
"Like many Alabamians, I am disappointed and concerned that the federal courts
continue to attempt to remove references to God and faith from public area. All
of us must, however, respect the workings of our legal system and trust that it
remains the best in the world," Riley said.
"In the event that Chief Justice Moore chooses to appeal this decision, I trust
that his appeal will receive a full, fair and expeditious review Š"
According to the Associated Press, Moore said he had consulted with attorneys,
politicians and religious leaders and would make an announcement next week that
could "alter the course of this country."
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