Skip to comments.Ala. Judge Loses Ten Commandments Appeal
Posted on 07/01/2003 2:47:12 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian
ATLANTA - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a Ten Commandments monument the size of a washing machine must be removed from the Alabama Supreme Court building.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed a ruling by a federal judge who said that the 2 1/2-ton granite monument, placed there by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, violates the constitutional separation of church and state.
Moore put the monument in the rotunda of the courthouse in the middle of the night two summers ago. The monument features tablets bearing the Ten Commandments and historical quotations about the place of God in law.
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Whatever Kevin. Full blown hysterics doesn't help much does it? A Buddhist lawyer or a Hindu defendent might feel that by the court's endorsement of the 10 commandments, it is prejudicial against them or their clients.
A juror walks into the building, sees the religious monument, and then sees a defendant of a different faith, and a connection is made subconsciously, that the fellow is guilty, because he worships one of these heathen religions.
Nobody is stopping Alabaman's from worshipping God, the courts just don't like the undue influence this has on potential jurors who might take the person's faith in mind more readily, with the religious reminder of their faith when they enter the court house.
Oh.. but it is much more fun to run around and talk about statues of sodomites. Statues of Krishna is more apropos. Would you feel comfortable in a courthouse, where the population to begin with was mostly Hindu, you were accused of committing a crime against a Hindu, and the judge has placed a shrine to Krishna or Shiva in full view of the jury? Think outside the box. It works.
Think US Marshals. A whole bunch of them. With trucks and forklifts and whatever else they need.
That's your beyond-the-pale statement. If you want to call it an attack on Judaism, that's your own uninformed opinion. Perhaps you should actually READ the opinion - take special note of footnote #3 - and tell us how all of those parts of the opinion finding that the exaltation of Christian aspects of the monument above all others are violative of the Establishment Clause constitute an attack on Judaism.
You and your uninformed opinions deserve the respect of no honest man. And your statement that these judges want to participate in holocaust-style killing is low-class stupid drivel.
Given that he's a relatively young man, I'm sure he's already got the "Moore for Governor" committe formed.
I assume that body with the Ten Commandments on it's walls will...
...refuse to hear it LOL!
How does a copy of the Ten Commandments violate this clause?
Note: "separation of church and state" is not a constitutional principle...the "Wall" is not in the Constitution
Placing the Ten Commandments in a Courtroom can no more prohibit the exercise of other religions than displaying a Chevrolet sign can prohibit the purchase of a Ford. If you like Fords you will not be converted or threatened by a Chevy sign. This a ridiculous ruling. Furthermore, the Ten Commandments are an intricate part of both the Jewish and Christian faiths, and Muslims also raise Moses up to the level of "chosen Prophet" in thier Koran, including the story of his parting of the Red Sea, the 40 days on Mt. Sinai, etc. So exactly which religion is "prohibited" by the display of the Mosaic Law? It won't be long before Christianity will be forced underground into modern 'catacombs', and we'll need another Emperor Constantine to make it legal again to practice in public.
Did you read the last two or three pages of the ruling? It basically takes the argument that such things as the pledge, daily prayer, national motto, etc. are not subject to the Establishment Clause because "rote repitition" has stripped any religious meaning out of them, and they are simply done to convey the solemnness of the situation. What a load of crap. The Founders would hang these justices for treason.
The door of the Supreme Court building depicts great events in legal history-- Moses, Hammurabi, Justinian, the Magna Charta, etc. The Ten Commandments are not singled out as representing one true religion, to the exclusion of others. (The 11th Circuit's decision in fact discusses permissible and impermissible displays of the 10 Commandments.) In fact, the Supreme Court doesn't even show the text of the Commandments, only the outlines of the two tablets.
Think lots of Christians standing in the way. Think Christian U.S. Marshals who refuse to enforce the order.
I can dream can't I? Maybe a couple of news outlets will carry the picture of a couple of Christians trying to stand in the way of this tyranny. These Christians will simply go limp, have the plastic zipties placed on their wrists, and will be carried to a nearby bus for processing and be released later. Meanwhile the Marshals will gleefully remove the granite and by the next day the nation will be more interested in Laci's murder or J. Lo & Ben Affleck's relationship.
We're all a bunch of wimps. America will not go hollering and screaming and fighting under the boot of tyranny, they'll fall under that boot to the sound of clicking TV remote controls during a commercial break.