Roy Moore, the Christian constitutionalist judge who was unseated in 2003 as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court after he refused to obey a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state's judicial building, was re-elected to the position November 6. Moore, who had spent the last year traveling the state to gain support, defeated Jefferson County Circuit Judge Bob Vance to win back his old job. “It's clear the people have voted to return me to the office of Chief Justice,” said Moore as his victory was assured. “I have no doubt this is a vindication. I look forward to being the next Chief Justice.”
In the early 1990s Moore became a target of the ACLU and other atheist groups when, as a county judge, he took to displaying a homemade Ten Commandments plaque in his courtroom, and insisted upon opening court with prayer. In 2000, after being elected Alabama Chief Justice, he had a 5,280-pound granite monument of the Ten Commandments placed in the lobby of the state judicial building in Montgomery, “to invoke the favor and guidance of Almighty God in establishing justice as provided in the Constitution of the State of Alabama,” noted Moore’s campaign bio.
The ACLU promptly sued to have the monument removed, citing the First Amendment’s supposed separation of church and state. In 2003, after he refused a federal judge’s order to dismantle the display, arguing that the order itself was unlawful, Moore was removed from office.
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Photo: Judge Roy Moore rides his horse with wife Kayla and friends back home after they voted on Nov. 6, 2012 in Gallant, Ala.: AP Images