Friday, August 23, 2013

Alabama, Oh My!

by Edd Doerr

Roy Moore, the  Alabama supreme court chief justice who was removed from that bench for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building a decade ago but who was returned to that office by the voters in 2012, is up to his old tricks. In a WFSA TV interview on August 21 Moore said that putting up the monument was "the right thing to do." He added that "the Constitution ... and the First Amendment [state] basically we must acknowledge God to have a moral basis for our society and to retain [our] freedom of conscience." Moore  evidently has not read the Constitution or the First Amendment.

Dean Young, one of nine candidates running in the September Republican primary to fill a vacant House seat, is pushing his rivals to sign a pledge that they will oppose same-sex marriage and that they belong to a church whose "tenants" [sic] oppose same-sex marriage. Moore is evidently not familiar with Article VI of the US Constitution and Article I,  Section 3 of the Alabama constitution, both of which prohibit religious tests for public office.

Is there something strange in the water in Alabama?

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