The vanity of Rev. Roy Moore

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 9, 2004

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court finally delivered the long-awaited word on former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's appeal.

For three years, Moore has fought to keep the Ten Commandments monument in the judicial building rotunda, but lately has been focused more on getting his job back.

For once in a blue moon, the court took the right course of action, and has well protected the idea of separation of church and state. Moore's attempt at shoving his own idea of faith down the throats of Alabamians was a gross breach of our legal foundation.

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What was the basis here?

It's simple.

Moore's job was to interpret and uphold the Alabama Constitution and the U.S. Constitution.

Instead, he quickly realized that through the televangelists backing him, he could make a lot of money and catapult himself into a national arena that otherwise would have never known who he was.

His judicial position did not give him any more rights than everyday citizens have.

He cannot supplement, change or amend our laws with his own brand of faith.

Let's think about this.

If Roy Moore was Hindu and put a statue of Buddha in the rotunda, the outroar would have been the same.

While God wrote the stone tablets that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai, we, like Justice Gorman Houston, could not abide with what was carved on the bottom of Roy's monument.

It read simply: "Copyright Roy Moore."

Now, Moore has run up $500,000 in legal bills and you guessed it, the people of Alabama will pay it.

Maybe people who run the Christian Coalition, Trinity Broadcasting Network and James Dobson will like to pass their own offering plate and collect this money.

Since they seemed so concerned about the issue and were so for the "people of Alabama," then maybe they'll be happy to pay Moore's legal bills instead of Alabama's people.

The great thing about this whole situation is that it shows that our system of government truly works for all the people.

It does not matter whether you are President of the United States, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative or even the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, if you break the law, you are not above the law.

That is a lesson that Moore simply didn't pay attention to during his climb up the ladder of fame.

As Al Pacino, who portrays the devil in the movie "Devil's Advocate"

says at the end, "Pride, it's my favorite sin."

Moore should take note.