Michael deHaven Newsom
mnewsom at LAW.HOWARD.EDU
Fri Aug 10 14:34:39 PDT 2001
Indeed, the "defiance of law" reference was to those cases. I thank Joel for
pointing it out.
JLSatty at AOL.COM wrote:
> At Jim's invitation, I will point out that no action has yet been taken
> against Justice Moore's display. I suspect the "defiance of law" reference
> was to the many other cases holding Ten Commandment displays
> unconstitutional. As an aside, there is another issue here - that of a Chief
> Justice doing something knowing that it will cause religious divisiveness
> across the state. Many Catholics are "unhappy" with a display that uses the
> "no graven images" language, not found in their version of the comandments.
> The display uses the Protestant "Thou shalt not kill" rather then the Jewish
> "Thou shalt not murder". Anyone on the list want to argue there is no
> Justice Moore has done more to undermine relations between various religious
> groups than anyone other then the Southern Baptist Convention. Is that a
> role for a judge. He told no one of his plans, I suspect because of the
> objections he would have gotten forn some of the other appellate judges who
> have offices in the building. One Justice, Doug Johnstone, did release a
> critical statement, to which Dean Young, Moore's "ex" spokesperson refered to
> as a "political mistake", and pointing out that "Johnstone is in his last
> term on the Court" (note: Johnstone is rather young and has given no
> indication of an interest in retirement). McCarthy had communism. Moore has
> anyone who disagrees with his position.
> I agree wholeheartedly that the God-given Ten Commandments are higher than
> the all too human Alabama Constitution, which Judge Moore has sworn to
> uphold. But I wish Judge Moore would make an effort to clarify his meaning
> when he
> talks of the Ten Commandments being a "higher law". His words are clear, but
> their meaning is fuzzy.
> Reading the sacred words of scripture, does he mean for the State of Alabama
> to outlaw idolatry and graven images? Does he mean for the State of Alabama
> to destroy any depiction of that which is in the sky above, or on the earth
> below, or in the waters below the earth? What should our government do to
> those who commit adultery or refuse to honor their parents? Should those who
> violate the Sabbath be put in prison? And what about those who covet that
> which belongs to their neighbors?
> Joel Sogol
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