Sputter on, Roy Moore

Some people simply refuse to bear disgrace gracefully, and disgraced former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is one of them.

You remember Roy Moore, right? Under cover of darkness and with the able assistance of now-deceased theocrat D. Jimmy Kennedy, Moore installed a gargantuan 5,300-pound granite Ten Commandments monument in a common area of the Alabama Judicial Building. Moore then disregarded a federal court order to remove the monstrosity. The federal court took steps to enforce its order, prompting emotional demonstrations by idolaters that featured much wailing, praying, gnashing of teeth and carrying of “Keep Your Hands Off My God” signs.

One particularly entertaining aspect of the Moore circus was the Eleventh Circuit decision Glassroth v. Moore, 335 F.3d 1282 (11th Cir. 2003) (pdf, 50 pages), in which Judge Ed Carnes not only upheld the trial court’s holding that the monument violated the Establishment Clause but also delivered one of the finest lines ever to grace the pages of the Federal Reporter. 500 additional law geek points go to the first who identifies the line I’m talking about.

Moore’s lawless shenanigans led to his forcible ouster from office, and a 2006 run for the office of Governor of Alabama failed spectacularly.

But never let it be said that a public bitch-slapping or two can deter a True Christian like Roy Moore. Nowadays he spends his time running the Foundation for Moral Law, which “represents individuals involved in religious liberties cases and files amicus curiae briefs in state and federal courts” and “conducts seminars to teach the necessity and importance of acknowledging God in law and government.”

It will come as no surprise that Moore isn’t the only Matthew 6:5-violating jurist in Alabama. Covington County Circuit Court Judge M. Ashley McKathan recently made news by having some 100 people gathered in his[1] courtroom hold hands a pray for amicable resolution of a civil case involving access to a church’s financial records. At one point in the proceedings Judge McKathan reportedly fell to his knees. Thankfully, the story contains no indication of gibbering or rolling.

Moore loves this sort of thing, and was quick to defend McKathan in print. According to Roy, the good judge was merely following “his oath to the Alabama Constitution, which provides that in order to ‘establish justice’ we must ‘invoke the favor and guidance of Almighty God.'” As usual, Moore is quote mining the Alabama Constitution’s preamble, and doing it incorrectly (the word “invoke” appears nowhere in that document). And the preamble doesn’t come withing hollering distance of saying what Moore claims it says. Like all great religious leaders from Martin Luther to date, though, Moore knows that a lie in the service of Jesus is no lie at all.

You stay classy, Roy Moore.

[1] That’s right. “Ashley” is a dude. What the hell is his first name, Matilda? Mary? Mabel?

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  • maddog  On April 5, 2008 at 11:36 am

    It was not just invited error, it was invited error with a parking space. 😀

  • genghishitler  On April 5, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    And the 500 law geek points bonus goes to maddog! 😀

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