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?