Requires Separation of Church and State
By Tom Barrett,
For years I have
stated that "separation of church and state" does
not exist in the constitution. I was wrong. It does exist
- in the Constitution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
In Article 52: Religion, it states, "In the USSR, the
church is separated from the state." Fortunately for
us, we have the US Constitution to protect us. Unfortunately
for us, we have federal judges who interpret the Constitution
like the Episcopal bishops recently interpreted the Scriptures.
in Alabama, because of an unconstitutional ruling by a federal
judge, Eleventh Circuit Judge Myron Thompson, we face a
constitutional crisis. Constitutional attorney Douglas W.
Phillips, founder of the Witherspoon School of Law and Public
Policy, defines a constitutional crisis as "...a showdown
between competing governmental jurisdictions," in his
article supporting Justice Moore's stand. He continues,
"This showdown is all the more likely if the Governor
of Alabama sticks to his principles and supports Chief Justice
Moore against the unconstitutional order of the 11th Circuit
order is unconstitutional because under the United States
Constitution, each state has the right to govern its own
affairs. The Preamble to the Alabama State Constitution
reads, "We, the people of the State of Alabama, in
order to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility,
and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our
posterity, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God,
do ordain and establish the following Constitution and form
of government for the State of Alabama." Justice Moore
would violate his oath to defend the Constitution of Alabama
were he to fail to acknowledge God.
important, the order is unconstitutional because the federal
government (specifically the Congress) is prohibited from
regulating religion in any way. The First Amendment reads,
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment
of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise therof."
As Moore has pointed out, he is not Congress, and no law
has been passed. He is simply acknowledging the source of
law, God Almighty. That is what has many judges all across
the land red-faced with anger. They consider themselves
the ultimate authority. How dare anyone - even God - claim
to be a higher authority than they?
God is the source of all law and justice, and His Ten Commandments
are our heritage. Many people claim that our law is based
solely on English Common Law. In fact, the Ten Commandments
are the foundation of both English Common law and our American
system of law. Almost 3,000 stone monuments of the Ten Commandments
have been placed by elected officials in city halls, court
houses, and public parks all across America. There is a
good reason for this; the Scripture requires it. Read Deuteronomy
6:9: "And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy
house, and on thy gates."
take a look at the history of the current events in Alabama.
Most people think that this is a new story, but it actually
began in 1995, when the ACLU (the Anti-American Communist
Liberal Union) sued Judge Moore for having a Ten Commandments
plaque in his courtroom. At that time Moore was not the
Chief Justice of Alabama. He was just a simple Circuit Court
Judge who understood where all justice comes from - Almighty
God. He risked losing his job and possibly going to prison
because he believed God's authority is higher than man's.
Most Americans agree with Judge Moore. In national surveys
64 percent think the Ten Commandments should remain on display.
In Alabama, the percentage leaps to 88.
beating the ACLU, in 1999 Judge Moore faced anonymous ethics
complaints that could have resulted in a $10,000 fine and
twenty years in prison. The Ethics Commission refused to
name the cowardly anonymous complainants, and even refused
to tell the judge what the specific complaints were. It
developed that someone (the ACLU again?) didn't like the
fact that Moore supporters had put together a legal defense
fund. There were no claims of impropriety in the use of
the money; the anti-God forces behind the complaints simply
didn't like the fact that Moore had money with which to
defend himself. The ACLU has millions donated by socialist
and atheists, but they prefer their victims to be penniless.
I wonder why the ACLU didn't complain when Bill Clinton
used the power of his office to raise millions for his legal
defense fund. Clinton's fund was not needed because of a
moral stand like Moore's, but because of his immorality
with numerous women. Perhaps that is why the ACLU did not
object. In any case, this attempt to silence the judge also
2001 Roy Moore was elected Chief Justice of the Alabama
Supreme Court by an overwhelming majority. This is very
interesting, because liberals would have you believe that
all Americans are offended by any reference to God in public
places. That may be true of a vocal minority in big cities.
But in the real America, the vast majority understands that
without God, we are nothing. Every voter in Alabama was
well aware of Judge Moore's stand and his values. They didn't
elect him in spite of his stand regarding the Ten Commandments;
they elected him BECAUSE of his stand.
August 1, 2001, shortly after he took office, Chief Justice
Moore installed a granite monument bearing the Ten Commandments
as well as quotations from our Founding Fathers in the Rotunda
of the Alabama Supreme Court. At the unveiling of the monument
Chief Justice Moore stated, "To restore morality we
must first recognize the source from which all morality
springs. From our earliest history in 1776, when we were
declared to be the United States of America, our forefathers
recognized the sovereignty of God."
went on to quote U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas,
a staunch liberal, who declared in a 1961 Court ruling that,
"The institutions of our society are founded on the
belief that there is an authority higher than the authority
of the State; that there is a moral law which the State
is powerless to alter; that the individual possesses rights,
conferred by the Creator, which government must respect."
Moore commented that, "Today, a mere forty years later,
many judges and other government officials deny any higher
law and forbid the teaching to our children that they are
created in the image of an Almighty God, while they purport
that it is government - and not God - which gave us our
three months after the Ten Commandments monument was installed,
on October 31, 2001, the ACLU struck again. They sued Justice
Moore, demanding that the monument be removed. Interestingly,
the federal courthouse from which the order was given to
remove the Ten Commandments has on prominent display a monument
featuring the Greek goddess Themis and the scales of justice.
Somehow, the federal judge has failed to see the irony of
his court displaying the likeness of a pagan goddess, while
ordering the removal of a monument honoring the very foundation
of all American jurisprudence.
August 5, 2003, Federal Judge Myron Thompson issued an order
giving Justice Moore fifteen days to remove the monument.
Judge Thompson was "generous" on one point. He
told Justice Moore that he could keep the monument in the
Supreme Court building, but move it to a less prominent
location. Justice Moore commented that he felt the Supreme
Court of the United States of America had better things
to do than acting as the Alabama Supreme Court's interior
decorator. On August 14, Moore announced that he had "no
intention of removing the monument."
Moore stated that he will not obey this order because:
August 16, thousands of Americans traveled from all over
the nation and gathered in front of the Alabama Capitol
Building to offer their support for Chief Justice Roy Moore.
Former Ambassador and presidential candidate Alan Keys gave
a passionate speech. Responding to charges that displaying
the Ten Commandments and even demonstrating in favor of
the monument somehow broke the law, Keyes said, "Would
somebody point out to me the law that this judge is basing
his decision on? Because if I'm breaking the law, or if
Judge Moore is breaking the law, I'd like to know which
law it is. I'd like to know who passed it. I'd like to know
where it's written!" The crowd responded with cheering
God knows what the ultimate outcome of this particular battle
will be. But the Word of God is very clear on one thing:
God wins the war. I only wish that He had more soldiers
with the courage of Roy Moore.
Moore has made it clear that he believes everyone has the
right to practice whatever religion they choose. But no
one can deny Americans the right to acknowledge the foundation
for our greatness as a nation. As Justice Moore has said,
"This country was not founded on the Koran. It was
founded upon the Bible." I could give you hundreds
of quotes from our Founding Fathers that prove indisputably
that they considered God's law the very foundation upon
which America's laws were built. I will have to be satisfied
Ten Commandments ... are the sum of the moral law."
-John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence
and university professor who educated many of the Founding
Fathers, including James Madison, father of the Constitution.
pleased God to deliver, on Mount Sinai, a compendium of
this holy law and to write it with His own hand on durable
tables of stone. This law, which is commonly called the
Ten Commandments...was incorporated in the judicial law."
-William Findley, Revolutionary War soldier, U.S. Congressman
Pledge of Allegiance, our National Motto ("In God We
Trust"), our National Anthem, our currency, The Declaration
of Independence, and the Constitution itself all have one
thing in common. They acknowledge our utter dependence upon
President swears his Oath of Office on a Bible. Every session
of Congress opens with prayer. The Supreme Court of the
United States, to which Chief Justice Moore has appealed
his case, itself has several depictions of Moses with the
Ten Commandments on its premises.
then do these God-haters hope to gain by attacking every
reference to God and His Commandments at the state and local
levels of government? They hope to win a series of smaller
battles that will lay the foundation for their ultimate
goal. Harold Titus, a highly regarded constitutional authority,
is one who agrees this is their goal. "I know,"
he said. "I used to be an ACLU attorney. In the 1960's
there was a definite plan to rid this nation of all public
displays of any religious symbol of this nation's founding."
The case against Moore, he said, is "just part of that
plan," and the reason why the outcome is so critical.
enemies of America lay awake at night dreaming of the day
when they will be able to erase every reference to God from
every aspect of our public life. God's Word says, "Men
love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are
evil." God's Word shines light on these evil men, and
they afraid of it. Like rats, they scurry back into the
darkness, desperately longing for the day when they can
banish the light.
of the Ten Commandments story:
The story of
the Ten Commandments in Alabama:
Keyes' speech in Alabama: