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Roy Moore: An Alabama Judge Who Happens To Be Persistently Wrong

Many people consider persistence to be a virtue. But is it always?

It depends on what you’re being persistent about. A crusading attorney who spends 10 years bringing a polluting corporation to justice will be called a hero. An obsessed ex-boyfriend who stalks a former lover may go to jail. Read more

Ala. Chief Justice Orders State Judges To Reject Marriage Equality Ruling

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has attempted yet again to halt marriage equality in his state.

On Jan. 6, Moore issued an order seemingly out of nowhere that ordered Alabama probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples; the order also stated that an Alabama constitutional amendment and a law limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples remain in force – even though federal courts have struck them down. Read more

Roy Moore’s Latest Attempt To Block Marriage Equality In Alabama Is Doomed To Fail, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Calls On State Probate Judges To Ignore Chief Justice’s Order

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore’s latest attempt to block marriage equality in Alabama is a pathetic gesture that is doomed to fail, and it should be ignored by state officials, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
 
Moore today ordered all probate judges in Alabama to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and suggested that a state constitutional amendment and a law limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples remain in force.
 
Moore is flat-out wrong, says Americans United.
 
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Bible Belt Activist

Editor’s Note: Amanda Scott is an activist for church-state separation in a tough state – Alabama. Scott, a member of Americans United’s Youth Advisory Council, is currently studying to be a paralegal and hopes to become an attorney. She spoke with Church & State recently about her work on behalf of freedom of conscience in the heart of the Bible Belt.

 

Q. How did you get interested in advocating for separation of church and state? Read more

Ala. County Police Cars Lose Bible Verse Decals Following AU Intervention

Stickers with biblical verses will no longer be attached to police cars in an Alabama county, thanks to Americans United.

The Houston County Sheriff’s Department put stickers on its vehicles that read “Blessed Are The Peacemakers,” a Bible verse from Matthew 5:9. That message encircled the official badge of the department. After Americans United got word of this clear instance of government endorsing religion, it sent a complaint letter to the sheriff’s department in early August. (The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation later sent a letter as well.) Read more

Ala. City Cites Religion To Ban Saggy Pants

The Dadeville, Ala., City Council is considering an ordinance to ban saggy pants and revealing clothing, and some members claim the move is divinely inspired.

Council Member Frank Goodman said he drafted the ordinance after praying to God for a solution to the problem. “I prayed and asked God to show me what I should do, and the way I should go about it. What would God do? Did God go around doing this?” he told the Daily Beast website. “He would show me this saggy pant – it’s one of the things He did not do. It is not in His orders to do that to gain eternal life.” Read more

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