Alabama Chief Justice Defends Ten Commandments Monument
MONTGOMERY, Ala. ‚ÄĒ The chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court said he installed a 5,300-pound monument to the Ten Commandments in the state Judicial Building because he was concerned about the moral decline of the nation.
Chief Justice Roy Moore testified for a second day Thursday in the trial of a federal lawsuit seeking to remove the monument he had installed in the building's rotunda in the middle of the night.
"The basic issue is whether we will still be able to acknowledge God under the First Amendment, or whether we will not be able to acknowledge God," Moore said.
The lawsuit was filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Americans United for Separation of Church and State on behalf of three Alabama attorneys. They contend the monument promotes Moore's religion in violation of the Constitution.