Update: Ten Commandments Monument in Alabama Judicial Building

June 5, 2003

Source: Boston Globe

On June 5, 2003 the Boston Globe reported that "a lawyer for Alabama's chief justice told an appeals court yesterday that the Ten Commandments should remain in the state Supreme Court building because God is the 'source of law and liberty'... Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore had the 5,200-pound granite monument featuring the Ten Commandments installed in the state Judicial Building one night two years ago. 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 appealed... The judges could take months to rule, and both sides plan appeals if they lose."