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Moore: U.S. was founded on belief

By Staff
IN THE SPOTLIGHT – Roy Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, speaks to hundreds of people Wednesday night at Evangel Temple on Highway 45 South. Moore placed a granite monument to the Ten Commandments in the Alabama State Judicial Building last year, sparking debate about the separation of church and state. The monument was later ordered removed and Evangel Temple was among Meridian congregations that advocated its return. Photo by Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star
August 12, 2004
By Georgia E. Frye/staff writer
The judge who attracted nationwide attention last year when he defied a federal order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from his courthouse spoke Wednesday in Meridian.
Roy Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, says it is hypocritical to ban governmental promotion of religion when the U.S. Constitution recognizes God.
Moore said prohibiting the acknowledgement of God in a courthouse or in any house is a threat to the security of America and its people.
Moore spoke to a crowd of about 500 people Wednesday at Evangel Temple in Meridian. He was removed from office in November for refusing to remove a 2-ton, granite Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.
A federal judge ruled that the monument violated the U.S. Constitution's ban against government promotion of religion. Moore refused to comply with an order to move it, a decision that ultimately cost him his job.
The monument was removed and is currently on tour across the country.
Moore now spends most of his time speaking to church groups all over the U.S. He spoke for about 11⁄2 hours on Wednesday, during which the crowd often stood, applauded and shouted "Amen." His speech focused on the founding fathers of America and how, he said, they depended on God to start a new nation.
He said his message may be simple, but it's important.
Mary Boles, a retired Burlington employee, said she was one of many local residents who flocked to Montgomery, Ala., last year to attend a vigil in support of Moore.
Dr. Gary Gibson said he is glad someone is willing to stand up for God.
Moore said he will not be discouraged because he is determined to stand up for his beliefs.

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