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federal judge orders ten commandments display removed from courthouse

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  • thekoba@aztecfreenet.org
    The following article, attributed to Bob Johnson of The Associated Press, appeared on page A3 of the Wednesday, July 2, 2003 edition of The Arizona Republic.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 2, 2003
      The following article, attributed to Bob Johnson of The Associated Press,
      appeared on page A3 of the Wednesday, July 2, 2003 edition of The Arizona
      Republic.

      --Kevin Walsh

      JUDGE LOSES SECULAR MONUMENT APPEAL

      Montgomery, Alabama--A federal Appeals Court ruled Tuesday that Alabama Chief
      Justice Roy Moore is not above "the rule of law" and must remove a Ten
      Commandments monument the size of a washing machine from the lobby of the
      state judicial building.

      A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta
      unanimously affirmed an order from U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson that
      the monument violates the Constitution's prohibition on government promotion
      of religion. Thompson had ordered the monument removed from the building
      but delayed the order while Moore appealed.

      A spokesman for Moore said the chief justice would appeal to the U.S.
      Supreme Court. It is unclear whether the monument will stay in place during
      further appeals.

      The Appeals Court panel cited U.S. Supreme Court rulings saying that
      government may not promote or affiliate itself with any religious doctrine
      or organization.

      "If we adopted his position, the chief justice would be free to adorn the
      walls of the Alabama Supreme Court's courtroom with sectarian religious
      murals and have decidedly religious quotations painted above the bench,"
      the panel wrote.

      Moore put the monument in the building in the middle of the night on July 31,
      2001. The 5,300 pound monument features tablets bearing the Ten Commandments
      and historical quotations about the place of God in law.
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