Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (photo), who was unseated nine years ago after refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse, has secured the Republican nomination for the office and is considered the favorite to win back his seat in November. Moore defeated incumbent Chief Justice Chuck Malone and a state circuit judge in the primary March 13, winning in 62 of the 67 Alabama counties to take the GOP nomination.
As reported by The New American, Moore drew the ire of the ACLU and other atheist groups back in the early 1990s when, as a county judge, he displayed a homemade Ten Commandments plaque in his courtroom, and insisted upon opening court with prayer. After being elected Alabama Chief Justice in 2000, 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,” notes Moore’s campaign bio. The ACLU led a law suit 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. He has spent the past several years as director of the Foundation for Moral Law, an Alabama-based legal advocacy group.
The Birmingham News reported that Moore’s victory in the Republican primary amounted to the “political resurrection of a career that just two years ago was thought by many to be dead after Moore — for the second time in four years — ran a lack luster campaign for the GOP nomination for governor.
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