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"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song!" - Psalm 28:7

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Moore for Govenor!

Roy Moore, former circuit judge, and ousted Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is now running for the Republican candidacy for Alabama governor. I believe that we should strongly support him.

In 2003, then Chief Justice Roy Moore, was on trial in his own courtroom. His crime? Publicly displaying a monument of the Ten Commandments in his own courthouse, and refusing to comply with orders that it be removed. He was then removed from his position, simply for honoring God rather than man.

This was not the first time he'd been sued for displaying the Ten Commandments. In March of 1995, the ACLU sued Judge Moore over the Ten Commandments plaque he had hanging in the courtroom where he worked as circuit judge. He won this case, but the ACLU kept going after him with different complaints, including prayer in the courtroom, and of course the display of the Ten Commandments on public property. This went on quite a bit while he was working as a circuit judge.

Moore was happy with his job as circuit judge in Etowah County, but in 1999, when the job as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court opened up, people began urging him to run. After much prayer, Judge Moore put in his candidacy for Chief Justice. It was a hard race, and many people tried to discredit him, but Moore won the race. The people of Alabama understood what he stood for, and had seen him go through many trials steadfastly, and they wanted him as their Chief Justice.

Moore had just been a little circuit judge when the ACLU went after him, and because of all the publicity he had received, he was elected to the highest judicial office in the state of Alabama! The ACLU however just couldn't seem to leave him alone. They went after him again for displaying the Ten Commandments, and this time they were successful in getting him fired.

Many people supported Moore. Many people, including my family, went to rallies to support him in the days leading up to his trial. Yes, he lost his job, but now he was extremely well known and supported, not just state wide, but nationally!

And now, Roy Moore has decided to run for the highest office in Alabama, that of governor. He is running a platform to Return Alabama to the people. First, he is hoping to stop the power of special interest lobbyists and return control of the government to the people of Alabama. Secondly, he wants to reform education, recognizing the freedom in it, and returning the control of it to the parents. Thirdly, he is for restoring a conservative policy of government, saying "no!" to irresponsible taxes and wasteful spending. Fourthly, he wants to secure Alabama citizenship, closing U.S. borders to illegal aliens. And finally, and in my opinion most importantly, he will work to preserve our moral heritage. He will work hard to uphold God and Biblical morality in the public arena.

He is a dedicated family man, and has proven experience. I believe that he is the right man for the job of Governor of the state of Alabama.

Now, I realize that a lot of you, like myself, are too young to vote! Others, don't even live in Alabama! If nothing else, you can still pray, and pray hard for Roy Moore and his campaign. And, if you can vote, make sure that you turn out to vote for Roy Moore in the primary elections on June 6th, 2006.

May God bless Roy Moore in this campaign for governorship, and give him wisdom, courage, and perseverance!

For more information on Roy Moore, you can visit http://judgeroymoore.net/ or read his excellent book, So Help Me God!

Moore for Governor!


  • At 1:16 PM, March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually - it is in violation of the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution for a judge to promote one religion over another. It is also unconstitutional for a courthouse to promote one religion over another. Roy Moore is a christian, which is fine, but as a public official he cannot promote his religion over others.

    I pray heartily that he will not be elected.

  • At 2:45 PM, March 22, 2006, Blogger Samantha C. Brooks said…

    I just let my sister read this, and she said "America was built on Christianity, yet they don't let us show it anymore." I believe you're right in all you wrote. While I also believe you can't force a person to follow Jesus, you shouldn't get in trouble for publicly showing your love for Him. I do pray Roy Moore become governor; maybe he'll help turn this state around a little.

  • At 3:49 PM, March 22, 2006, Blogger Anna Naomi said…

    I wasn't saying that he was trying to force his religion on another. He was allowed to decorate his court room, and I don't think he needed to get in trouble because of a public acknowledgemnt of God.

  • At 9:09 PM, March 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That's exactly the point - he was decorating the COURT HOUSE. A courthouse is a public building. it represents the judicial branch of government. There can be no state-sponsored religion. Had Mr. Moore simply hung the cross on his wall, or had the monument in his office, that's fine. but to publicize it on the front steps of the courthouse, where ALL citizens have a right to have their case heard, absent any bias whatsoever....buddhists, muslims, christians, jews, atheists....everyone. that's the first amendment of thiis nation's bill of rights.

    The monument was a symbol of his Christian faith. A public servent cannot, in a professional capacity, show preferential treatment for one religion over another.

  • At 2:35 PM, March 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well, "anonymous" if you want to argue that the court house should not be decorated with Christian symbols, then it shouldn't be decorated with any other type of symbol, either. This country was founded on Christianity. It wasn't built on Buddaism, atheism, etc. It is an historical issue as well as a religious one.
    As far as public servants not being biased, that argument may be true in theory, but in actuality it is obviously not true. You can look at the Supreme Court and know which ones will vote a certain way based on previous decisions. Just because Moore had the Ten Commandments in his courtroom did not prove he would be an unfair judge just as having an American Flag in any other courtroom would prove bias of a judge against a non-American in his/her courtroom.
    Michele, Anna's sister-in-law

  • At 2:42 PM, March 23, 2006, Blogger Anna Naomi said…

    Thanks Michele for commenting!

    As for "anonymous", you might be interested in knowing that in the Supreme Court of the United States, Moses is etched in stone, holding the Ten Commandments. There are also other references to God. Are those unlawful?

    And outside the Alabama supreme court, there stands a Greek god. So, does that mean that the supreme court is showing preference for Greek mythology?

    As for the monument, it was not on the front steps of the Alabama Supreme Court. It was actually near the back of the rotunda. You had to walk to the back in order to see what was written on it.

    As for keeping ones religion separate from ones job, that's just not right. Being a Christian is being one with Christ, you can't separate the two. You shouldn't force people to convert, but you should be allowed to express your faith, publicly or privately.

  • At 2:57 PM, March 23, 2006, Anonymous Beverly Brooks Westbrook said…

    Hello, I'm Samantha's sister, and we have been discussing this issue for a couple days now. I am 25 years old, and I just want to say for the record, that I can still remember as a child the following: "One Nation, under God," and I remember learning about money, "In God we trust" and I remember actually PRAYING aloud before football games. I am still quite young, and it BURNS ME UP that we have actual human beings that think we can't have God in "public places" anymore. What happened people? What is going on with the world today? I'm more than willing to fight this battle with ANYBODY who wants a battle, because He is on my side. More power to you, Anna, and May God Bless you. You keep the Christian faith going.

  • At 5:12 PM, March 23, 2006, Blogger Alexander Blair said…

    Anonymous: The ten commandments, while promoted in the Bible, are not strictly Christian in interperetation. Show me a religion that encourages murder, or false testimony, and I will show you a religion that does not deserve the title "religion."

    And - while it has not been mentioned yet - I will argue this anyway, as a "preemptive strike." :D If anyone tries to say that Moore acted illegally in disregarding the court ruling, consider this: Moore is a West Point grad. Thus, he was taught that, in a conflict between law and orders, law wins out. Lt. William Calley tried to defend his involvement in the My Lai massacure by saying he was only "following orders." Needless to say, that did not hold, and he is still in the brig at Leavenworth. Moore knows this. So when the judge gives a ruling that he believes to be blatantly unconsitutional, he refuses to obey it. Oh that we had more men like him!

  • At 7:52 PM, March 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am not a Christian. And therefore, as an American, I have the right to a fair hearing before a judge that is not biased against me.

    So Judge Moore can practice his faith all that he wants....but his force-feeding it down the citizens throat by publicizing his faith is jsut a symbol to non-Christians that they cannot get a fair trial.

    His actions were offensive to me, as a non-christian.

  • At 5:04 AM, March 24, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "anonymous" I think I speak for all Christians when I say it is a disappointment to us that our faith can't be publically displayed while your unbelief can. However we are told in the Bible that we will share in the same discrimination that was shown to our Savior, Jesus Christ. So in that it is an honor to suffer discrimination as He did because He did so much for us. Noone can compare to God. He is perfect. But all of us are not. Because He loves us He became a man, Jesus, and died on a cross so that we could have a relationship with Him. After He died He became alive again and overcame death. He is the only One who can save us from eternal separation from God. He is the only One who can make us truly happy.
    Anonymous, I sincerely do pray that you will see that it isn't about what is displayed on the outside, but that you will realize you need God. If you have been offended by what I've written, then I thank God for working in your life because that means He has pricked your heart. I would be more concerned if what I've said had no affect on you.'

    Michele, Anna's sis-in-law
    p.s. Anonymous, you said in your first blog that you "pray heartily". Who do you pray to?

  • At 6:04 AM, March 24, 2006, Anonymous Beverly Westbrook said…

    Michele, you said exactly the words I wanted to say in my response yesterday. Let's pray that God pricks more hearts out there because it saddens me that more and more people are pushing Him away. I was taught as a little girl that God loves everybody, even the crazy ones, so let's pray that even the crazy ones learn to love Him.

    Looks like Miss Anna's Roy Moore blog has turned into a deep conversation. Keep this going; I am enjoying this. Hopefully, we can get some people to realize there is GOD Almighty who created us, and that it's okay to "sing and shout" for Him whether you're a janitor, a bus driver - or even a public official.

  • At 6:20 AM, March 24, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    a. I am not a "crazy one" - i simply choose not to believe in the myth of christianity.

    b. you think its wrong that you can't practice your beliefs, but i can show my unbelief? THe difference, you see....is that by you (and Judge Moore) showing his beliefs in a public position or a public courthouse it is OFFENSIVE and DISTURBING to non-Christians. As i said, i do not question his love/relationship/faith in God. However, as a man wearing the robe in the United States - a nation with the strong principals of separation of church and state - he SHOULD NOT express those beliefs at the public courthouse. Now, as far as expressing my "unbelief" - the difference is my "non-public" display of my religious beliefs does not offend you.
    c. God has not "pricked my heart" - trust me. What has "pricked my heart" is the disappointment in seeing how aggressive and misguided you all are re: American judicial bodies and the right to fair trials.

  • At 6:21 AM, March 24, 2006, Blogger Anna Naomi said…

    My mom just pointed out that the statues of Greek gods are actually outside and inside the Federal Judiciary Building in Alabama, not the Supreme Court building. My mistake. However, the effect is the same.

    Thank you both Michele and Mrs. Beverly! I also had been thinking of writing something like that, but Michele, you did it wonderfully!


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