Chief Justice Ray Moore at Senate Concerning 1st Amendment Controversy

June 9, 2004

Source: First Amendment Center

Wire Service: AP

On June 9, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "The Alabama chief justice ousted from office for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from his courthouse urged Congress yesterday to make a clear a distinction between government’s legal acknowledgment of religion and illegal promotion of it. Moore is seeking congressional approval of a measure he helped write that would strip from the federal courts any power to abridge a public acknowledgment of God, such as the display of the Ten Commandments... But Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Texas, warned that Moore’s proposal could open a 'Pandora’s box' of religious expression, from Islamic militant groups to Wiccan."