2001 July 31

Ten Commandments Installed in Alabama Court House


Judge Roy Moore of Alabama, a justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, on this day installed a 5,280-pound granite block inscribed with the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Judicial Building. In November  2002, the U.S. District Court declared the monument a violation of the Establishment Clause and ordered it removed. Judge Moore announced he would not obey the decision.

In November 2003, Judge Moore was removed from office for violating the Alabama Canon of Judicial Ethics. In 2012, Moore was reelected to his old job. The controversy was one of several involving efforts by Christian fundamentalists to have the Ten Commandments displayed in public buildings.

Learn more about religion in the public square: https://www.aclu.org/religion-belief/public-square

Watch Judge Moore announce his plans to run for president: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOgvHx410YU

Learn more about the Establishment Clausehttp://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/category/religion

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