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No Moore, Please: Ala. Chief Justice May Be Removed From The Bench

Word broke late Friday night that Roy Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, may be on the verge of losing his job – again.

When we last left the Ayatollah of Alabama, he was throwing a hissy-fit over marriage equality. That mean old U.S. Supreme Court had issued a ruling that had the effect of making marriage equality the law in all 50 states. Moore, channeling his inner Jefferson Davis, decided to nullify the decision.

Moore Shenanigans: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Alabama High Court’s Latest Bid To Undermine Equality

Spare a thought for Roy Moore.

Moore likely thought that as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court he’d finally have the authority to enforce God’s moral law. Theocracy has, after all, been the raison d’etre of his career. But our secular legal system – or Satan, depending on who you ask – has thwarted him at every turn.

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.

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.

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?

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.)

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