Tuesday, June 28, 2005

A win-win situation for Moore

Despite what divided analysts may say, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore couldn't lose Monday.

If the U.S. Supreme Court's pair of Ten Commandments decisions did anything short of allowing the monuments on public property everywhere and for any purpose, he got to keep riding his one-trick pony. And if the decisions did just that, then he could paint himself as a great warrior who battled activist federal judges and won for God and states' rights.

As it is, the decisions leave Moore room to rally his base for a likely gubernatorial run by calling for his supporters "to stand up for their inalienable right to acknowledge God" and howling that the Court "is simply ignoring the words of the First Amendment and ruling by their own feelings" and continually rallying anger against the nebulous "them."

Other Alabama political notables weren't content to let Moore monopolize the outrage after the decisions, though. Gov. Bob Riley used the occasion to call for more conservative judges on the federal bench. Attorney General Troy King, meanwhile, "flogged the high court" and griped about the separation of church and state. U.S. Reps. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, and Spencer Bachus, R-Vestavia Hills, got their licks in, too.

State Christian Coalition President John Giles chimed in with a suggestion that Moore's monument may have been constitutional, despite Moore's repeated assertions that the display was meant to acknowledge God and the Court's explicit warning that displays meant to tout a particular religious agenda are unconstitutional. Giles also talked about executioners using jackhammers.


Blogger Redoubt said...

Hizzonner Judge Roy is damaged goods. Regardless of how the Supremes sang, his position is the same. Basically, no matter how honorable his intentions, he defied the law he swore to uphold and defend. He was dethroned and defrocked and is now left to weigh his worth in the unholy arena of politics.

Personally, I don't have a problem with the Ten Commendments being displayed anywhere. But I do have issues with a Judge who cannot respect the same laws that we, the average Joe and Joettes, must obey. Judge Roy comes across as ingenuine and in conflict.

6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that the Judge is to be honored for his courage. Where it's true he broke the law (but for a higher good; shouldn't you run a red light to save someone bleeding to death?), he did so because he was paying homage to a higher law, God's law.

"I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world."
Jesus Christ John 16:33

8:44 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Good observations, Redoubt.

Anonymous, would you feel the same if the judge had broken the law to pay homage to Islam or Buddhism or Hinduism?

1:45 PM  
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7:54 PM  
Blogger SJ said...

Ba-zing? (okay, whatever) If Moore runs for governor, my god, I think he'll win. That would be tragic beyond belief.

11:08 AM  

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