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Church-State Separation Ignored

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 2, 2002
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial Board

With his injudicious diatribe on the "inherent evil" of homosexuality, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has earned the label of judicial activist, a tag thatís usually and unfairly applied to more liberal brethren.

Mooreís career as a jurist should be derailed, lest he ever be considered for a position in the federal judicial system where his poisonous beliefs could impact us all.

Many members of the judiciary have deeply held views on controversial subjects, such as abortion and capital punishment, but they wisely refrain from airing those views. Even more important, they succeed in setting their personal views aside when considering cases because their job is to apply the law of the land to the specific situation at issue.

Not Moore, and not for the first time. His religion guides him always as a judge. Despite federal and state separation of church and state, he has repeatedly proclaimed that the laws of God are "higher laws" than the laws of the United States.

As a county court judge, Moore routinely opened official proceedings with prayers but would not allow people of a different faith to offer their own. As the courtís top (elected) jurist, he has proclaimed in a case that "homosexual conduct is, and has been, considered abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature, and a violation of the laws of nature, and of natureís God upon which this Nation and our laws are predicated."

Mooreís attempt to buttress his discriminatory beliefs with English and American common law fail miserably. The law matures as people evolve; witness the right of children of all colors to equal education as decided in Brown v. Board of Education.

A remedy is at hand. A complaint asking that Moore be removed from office has been filed with the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission by state Rep. Alvin Holmes, who rightly says, "The statutes of Alabama, the constitution of Alabama and the Constitution of the United States do not designate blacks, Hispanics, gays, Jews, lesbians, Asians, Muslims or others as evil.

"Itís almost inconceivable the chief justice of the state would take a position like that."

Moore should be rendered an ex-judge.

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