by Glen H. Jones
Roy Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is best known for his placement of a granite monument of the Ten Commandments in the Judicial Building in Montgomery, Alabama. This book recounts his journey before and after that momentous event.
Moore was born in Gadsden, Alabama, Feb. 11, 1947. His parents were hard-working Americans who instilled in him his American and Christian values. After graduation from high school he secured an appointment to West Point. Roy later served as commanding officer of a Military Police company in Vietnam. After his military service he worked his way through law school. Throughout his life Judge Moore has sought to acknowledge God in his private and public life.
He later ran for and was elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Judge Moore, as custodian of the judicial building, took the initiative and installed the Ten Commandments monument in the rotunda. The ACLU almost immediately took aim at Judge Moore and the monument.
The federal courts ruled that placement of the monument was "an establishment of religion," and as such was a violation of "separation of church and state." Judge Moore has contended throughout his career that acknowledgement of God was practiced by the founding fathers. He states that when one acknowledges God in the public arena, he is not establishing a religion any more than the founding fathers were when they repeatedly referred to God and implored His blessing on this new nation.
The final result of this litigation against Judge Moore and the Ten Commandments monument is well known. The monument was removed, and, finally Judge Moore was removed from his position as chief justice of the state supreme court.
Judge Moore, however, contends that the battle has just begun. He now spends his time traveling about the country promoting patriotism and the right of individuals to acknowledge God in the public arena.
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