Update: Ten Commandments Monument in Alabama Judicial Building

May 1, 2003

Source: The Associated Press


On May 1, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "supporters of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's fight to keep a Ten Commandments monument in the state Judicial Building marched to the site Thursday as a rally organizer called for a 'crusade to reclaim America for Jesus Christ...' Moore had the 5,300-pound granite monument installed one night two years ago because he believes the commandments represent the moral foundation of American law... The Southern Poverty Law Center, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of three Alabama attorneys who claimed the monument violated their constitutional rights... A federal judge has ruled that the monument must be removed from the rotunda because it promotes religion in a government building, violating the constitutional separation of church and state. Moore has appealed to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals."