Last updated on: 5/28/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Roy S. Moore, JD Biography

Title:
Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“[The Foundation for Moral Law] believes that the phrase ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance constitutes one of the many public acknowledgments of God that have been espoused from the very beginning of the
United States as a nation. The Foundation believes that the government should encourage such acknowledgements of God because He is the sovereign source of American law, liberty, and government. This brief primarily focuses on whether the text of the Constitution should be determinative in this case, and whether the school districts’ policies violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment…

The text of the Establishment Clause states that ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.’ U.S. Const. amend. I (emphasis added). When these words are applied to the Pledge policies, it becomes evident that the policies and the phrase ‘under God’ in the Pledge do not dictate religion to anyone and do not represent a form of an establishment. The First Amendment was intended to protect religious freedom, but the district court’s departure from the constitutional text perpetuates the already inconsistent manner in which the Establishment Clause is applied and foments hostility toward religion by unnecessarily excising a recognized acknowledgment of God from the public schools.”

“Brief Amicus Curiae of Foundation for Moral Law, On Behalf of Defendant-Appellants, In Support of Reversal,” Jan Roe, et al. v. Rio Linda School District, et al., June 12, 2006

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairman, Foundation for Moral Law
  • Columnist, “Our Moral Foundation” column, WorldNetDaily.com
  • Recipient, Doctor of Divinity Ecclesiastical Degree, Methodist Episcopal Church, 2003
  • Recipient, National Hero of Faith Award, Vision America, 2002
  • Chief Justice, Alabama Supreme Court, 2001-Nov. 13, 2003
  • Recipient, National Spirit of Life Award, African American Family Association, 1999
  • Recipient, American Heritage of Faith Award, Freedom Flyer Ministries, 1999
  • Recipient, Liberty & Union Award, New Hampshire Center for Constitutional Studies, 1998
  • Recipient, God and Country Award, American Family Association, 1997
  • Recipient, Christian Statesman of the year Award, D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship, 1997
  • Recipient, Christian Citizenship Award, Samford University
  • Recipient, George Washington Honor Medal, National Freedom Foundation, 1995
  • Judge, Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama, 1992-2001
  • Deputy District Attorney, Etowah County, 1977-1982
  • Former Company Commander, Military Police Corp in Vietnam, US Army
Education:
  • JD, University of Alabama School of Law, 1977
  • BS, US Military Academy at West Point, 1969
Other:
  • Ran as a Republican candidate in the 2006 Alabama gubernatorial election and lost against incumbent Governor of Alabama Bob Riley
  • On Nov. 13, 2003 the Alabama Court of the Judiciary removed him from his position as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for his installation of and refusal to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments in the state judicial building
Quoted in:
  1. Should the US President Say "So Help Me God" with a Hand on the Bible When Taking Office?