Say it with me: Sep-a-ra-tion of Church and State

The latest from the Alabama judge who is refusing a federal order to remove the stone monument to the Ten Commandments that he personally installed in the rotunda of the judicial building two years ago.

Ten Commandments Ruling in Ala. Appealed (AP, 20 Aug 2003, originally linked to, then

"This case is not about a monument, it’s not about politics or religion, it’s about the acknowledgment of God," he [Judge Moore] said during an interview on CBS’ "The Early Show."

"We must acknowledge God because our constitution says our justice system is established upon God. For (the judge) to say ‘I can’t say who God is’ is to disestablish the justice system of this state."

It’s not about religion, it’s about god. Say what? And I’d like to know which Constitution this guy thinks he’s being governed by, because the Constitution of the United States of America says no such thing. The full text is on-line, and the character string "god" is not in it. On, "God" or any other reference to a deity is specifically mentioned on the "Things that are not in the U.S. Constitution" page.

The Declaration of Independence, at least, has one reference, to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God," and one to the "Creator" of all men, but I think many pagan gods have a better case for being called "Nature’s God" than the god of Abraham ;-).

(by Morgan, 20 Aug 2003 8:53 AM)

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