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Judge Roy Moore became a judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama in 1992 and served until his election as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000. In 2003, Chief Justice Moore was removed from office for standing up for the inalienable right to acknowledge God. Today, he serves as chairman of the Foundation for Moral Law.
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When the acknowledgement of God is removed from public life,life itself is not defined as a gift of God,but it begins when the government says it does.
Since man,s law must be based on God,s law,it cannot contradict God,s law.
I have lived a long time (Ben Franklin) and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth that God governs in the affairs of men,and if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice,is is probable that an empire can rise without His aid??
God is not finished with our country yet,the United States was a special nation founded on the laws of God,and not just any God.We were not founded on the faith of buddah,or the hindu faith or the faith of Islam,but on the faith of Jesus Christ.
A just law( Dr.King) is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God.
They are saying you can acknowledge God only so long as you do it in the manner in which the federal courts say that it can be done.
If the 10 Commandments are removed it will be because they are "too religious,but if they are permitted to stay it will be because they are "historical"and have little or no religious value.You can never reach the right result when you start from the wrong premise.
The irony of this battle is that Roy Moore declaired the 10 Commandments to be special and not to be surrounded by other distracting historical documents.The government was saying in effect worship God is ok but add him to the other things we worship not set apart as this brave believer did.Many other displays of God are allowed by the government and the aclu because they mix spiritual with secular--this is dead wrong.
This man is today an active speaker on tour in churches and crowds and has founded "The foundation of moral Law"that can be found on facebook and on the net.
Why did Moore, a sitting Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, refuse to obey an order of a federal court Judge? This is where the book gets really interesting. Moore argues that the court order was not a valid, lawful order. Moore had a moral and ethical obligation to disobey the order. It would be similar to how a soldier might be compelled to disobey his commanding officers' order to destroy an entire village of innocent civilians. His conscience simply would not allow him to do it. Blind loyalty and obedience to a person would lead to the kind of atrocities committed by the Nazi's during World War II, but loyalty to one's oath toward God and the Constituion leads to freedom and liberty for all. This is the theme of "So Help Me God." Our founding fathers meant to create a new kind of government, a Constitutional Republic, in which oaths are made to uphold the Constitution which comes from God, rather than oaths to obey a person, such as the King. It is the preservation of this form of Constitutional government, and Moore's integrity not to violate his oath of office, and the importance of acknowledging God in his duty as a judge of the people, that led Moore to disregard Judge Thompson's order. We simply do not see many men of principle like Roy Moore. It truly is refreshing and amazing to find such a man.
Moore's understanding of the law, as well as his understanding of his oath of office, is directly tied into his acknowledgement of God. This concept is very difficult for the less erudite to understand, but it is essential if one is to understand Moore's actions. Human rights, Moore argues, are given by God, not man. Such is reflected in the Declaration of Independence when it says all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. Government also is given by God rather than men, but it is formed with the consent of men. The role of government is to protect these God given rights of the people. The validity and rightfulness of law, therefore, emanates from God. This understanding is paramount for Moore, as it leads to the distinction between the RULE OF LAW and the RULE OF MEN. Moore argues that through Judicial activism, the courts have been destroying our Constitutional democracy and leading us down a path of tyranny where men rule instead of law. The courts now are treated as hierarchically above the Executive and Legislative branches of government even though the Constitution establishes a system of checks and balances that allows Congress to limit the courts power through various means. Furthermore, the Constitution restricts the power of the federal government over the States and the people through the Tenth Amendment. Moore argues quite well that a federal Judge has no right to restrain a State Judiciary from acknowledging God. Moore also points out their hypocrisy by the fact that the federal courthouse where Judge Thompson ruled on this has a monument of the Greek goddess Themis. Also, although Moore does not mention this, I have noticed that the federal courthouse also has a cornerstone engraved with an acknowledgement to President William Jefferson Clinton. So the Greek goddess Themis can be acknowledged, and President Bill Clinton can be acknowledged, but not the God of the Jews and Christians? Perhaps Moore's contention is right, that the courts have led us down the path of being ruled by men rather than being ruled by law.
In "So Help Me God," Moore brilliantly makes the disctinction between the idea of establishing religion, which is something government should never do, and acknowledging God, which government must do to prevent tyranny. In the end, Moore's life has proved his thesis. The federal court violated Moore's right to acknowledge God, leading an ethics committee to bring disrepute upon the Judiciary by removing an honorable and ethical man like Moore from office.
My primary complaint with this book is that it is kind of like two books in one. The book is both a biography of Moore's life and an explanation of law and why Moore disobeyed a federal court order. The young lawyers who really need to consider the legal information in the latter part of this book need something else. They need a book which clearly lays out all the legal perspectives of Moore without all the biographical information. It needs to be better organized and brief enough that it will be read and discussed. The kernel of truth needed to save our nation lies within this book, but who will have the ability and time to search and find it? We need something else that will directly address the Constitutional freedom of State officials to acknowledge God in their governmental positions. Such a work should be required reading at every law school in the nation.
Although I rate this book as five stars, there is a lot of room for improvement. It is somewhat slow reading unless one is already interested in the subject matter. I give it five stars primarily because of the great importance of its subject matter and the intriguing legal content not often found elsewhere in regards to understanding government and its role in relation to religious liberty. Roy Moore opened my eyes to understanding how the strength of our U.S. Constitution was founded in our Creator. He also opened my understanding of the Constitution and how the Constitution strives to protect the rights not only of individuals but of the States. Furthermore, he helped me understand the importance of acknowledging God, why it is done in oaths of office, and the distinction between acknowledging God and establishing religion.
The judicial trend for the last 50 years seems to be to strip any mention of God at all from government and public places. How can any true and honest theist ever serve in public office if he must not acknowledge God's hand in law and justice? How does that in any way encompass the freedom of religion written about in the First Amendment to our Constitution? Justice Roy Moore in "So Help Me God" articulates a clear understanding of the First Amendment that leads to "freedom of religion" rather than "freeedom from religion." Moore rightly argues that acknowledging God is a Constitutionally protected right of State officials. If only the rest of the world could come to see the truth embraced by Roy Moore, the world would be a much better place, with liberty and justice for all. I highly recommend Roy Moore's book, "So Help Me God."