Roy Moore & Foundation Defend Dixie County Decalogue in Brief
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Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and the Foundation for Moral Law, a religious liberties legal organization in Montgomery, Alabama, filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (http://www NULL.ca11 NULL.uscourts NULL.gov/) today, urging the Court to uphold the constitutionality of a granite monument of the 10 Commandments installed and maintained by a private citizen in front of the courthouse in Dixie County, Florida.
Roy Moore stated:
“Each Ten Commandments case seems to bring us a different outcome than the last, depending only upon the particular judge or judges involved. The only consistency is inconsistency. Are we a nation under God and law, or an oligarchy under judicial tyranny? The Ten Commandments are the moral foundation of our law and the First Amendment lays out our religious liberties under the Constitution—and neither has been altered since they were first enacted. If usurping federal judges continue to hold that God’s law violates the Establishment Clause, then it is those judges that need to be removed, not the Ten Commandments.”
In their brief, Judge Moore and the Foundation urge the Court to rule based upon the words of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment as it was understood by its framers at the time of its ratification. The question is not whether the display violates some court-created test like the “Lemon Test” or the “Endorsement Test,” but whether it is a “law respecting an establishment of religion.” The Foundation argues that the Dixie County Ten Commandments monument is not a “law,” it does not dictate to anyone what their “religion” must be, it does not “establish,” recognize, or fund any particular religion, and therefore it is not a violation of the First Amendment.
The Foundation for Moral Law, a national non-profit legal organization, is located in Montgomery, Alabama, and is dedicated to restoring the knowledge of God in law and government through litigation and education relating to moral issues and religious liberty cases.