FOUNDATION OBJECTS TO MISLEADING COVERAGE
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MONTGOMERY: The Foundation for Moral Law, a Montgomery-based legal foundation dedicated to strict construction of the Constitution according to the intent of its Framers, denounced as erroneous media claims that the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) charged Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore were in any way related to the Foundation.
Foundation Senior Counsel John Eidsmoe noted that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) had filed numerous complaints against the Chief Justice, including at least one concerning the Foundation. However, Eidsmoe said, the six charges filed against the Chief Justice do not even mention the Foundation. All six charges relate to the Chief Justice’s actions in Ex parte State of Alabama ex rel. Alabama Policy Institute et al., in which the Alabama Supreme Court ordered the State’s probate judges to follow the Alabama Constitution rather than the order of a federal judge in regard to the issuance of license for same-sex marriages. None relate to the Foundation.
In Eidsmoe’s words, “To avoid confusion, the media should carefully distinguish the SPLC’s complaints from the JIC’s actual charges, and even the JIC’s charges are only that — charges.”
“In reality,” Eidsmoe said, “the charges stem from the fact that the Chief Justice holds a philosophy of constitutional law that differs from that of many of his critics. From the days of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the relationship of the states to the federal government, and especially that of state courts to federal courts, has been sharply debated. That debate should continue. Many throughout the nation, and especially in Alabama, believe the states should have a greater voice in the federal/state relationship than is currently afforded them. That’s why the people of Alabama have twice elected Roy Moore to be their Chief Justice. It is regrettable that the advocates of federal supremacy want to silence their opponents by removing them from office, effectively nullifying the voice of the people.”
Foundation President Kayla Moore declared, “The Foundation operates by the highest ethical standards, and the Foundation will continue to defend the Constitution, traditional marriage, and the right of the people to acknowledge God in the public arena.”