MONTGOMERY, Ala. â€” A judge refused to delay a trial Tuesday when an attorney objected to his wearing a judicial robe with the Ten Commandments embroidered on the front in gold.
Circuit Judge Ashley McKathan showed up Monday at his Covington County courtroom in southern Alabama wearing the robe. Attorneys who try cases at the courthouse said they had not seen him wearing it before. The commandments were described as being big enough to read by anyone near the judge.
Attorney Riley Powell, defending a client charged with DUI, filed a motion objecting to the robe and asking that the case be continued. He said McKathan denied both motions.
"I feel this creates a distraction that affects my client," Powell said.
Perhaps, the rest of the court isn't Jewish? Only the two commandments that contain all law would be needed to be on the judge's robe. However, being a secular society, one that believes in separation of church and state, I find the judge's behavior not in that spirit. I think that will put up the URL of my pastor's sermon on the Sabbath.
If people, in this case the jurors, are offended by the Ten Commandments, then they should be equally offended by the Laws that govern them. Why do they not petition to have Law removed altogether, and then no-one will be bothered by them?