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"Ten Commandments Judge" Beats $550,000 Lawsuit: Judge Roy Moore's Battle for God

A $550,000 lawsuit against Judge Roy Moore — the former Alabama Chief Justice who was removed from his post for displaying the Ten Commandments in his courthouse — has been dismissed.

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For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproach thee are fallen upon me. Psalm 69:9
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake … Matthew 5:10

A $550,000 lawsuit against Judge Roy Moore — the former Alabama Chief Justice who was removed from his post for displaying the Ten Commandments in his courthouse — has been dismissed.

Left-wing legal groups (the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State) sued Moore for the legal expenses they incurred in their action against him. A federal judge on September 28 dismissed the suit as being without merit.

"The real story here is what they were trying to do to me," Judge Moore told Chalcedon. "I see the same pattern in all these cases where religious liberty is at stake."

The Fight Goes On

In Moore's case, and others, the Irreligious Left has pursued the politics of personal destruction. For another example, see, Oct. 1, 2004, " Back to the Battlefield: Christian Lawyers Face New Challenge.”

Moore is out from under the $550,000 lawsuit, but the plaintiffs are also seeking to have his law license revoked. That case has yet to be heard.

"They don't just want your job, your livelihood, your family's health insurance; they want to take away everything you have," Moore said. "When you stand up for your right to acknowledge God, they want to embarrass you, humiliate you, and finally destroy you. They want to make an example of you.

"Without my law license, I can't practice my profession. I can't run for election as a judge.

"They want to scare people so they'll just cave in and give up their religious rights. But you have to choose the things of God over the things of this world."

Will He Stop?

At the time of this interview, Judge Moore had just returned from a two-week speaking tour covering South Dakota, Alabama, Washington D.C., Texas, Ohio, Iowa, and Georgia.

"I get big audiences wherever I go," he said. "All over this country, people are being more aware of the Left's assault on our religious heritage and our constitutional right to acknowledge God, publicly, as the source of our nation's morality and law," he said. "People are waking up to the threat."

In addition to his speaking engagements, Judge Moore has written a book, So Help Me God, which will be released in March. He has also appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the decision that removed him from office.

The Supreme Court on October 4 refused to hear the case. “I am disappointed but not surprised,” Judge Moore said. “Today the court allowed the highest judicial officer of a state to be subjected to a religious test. If we continue on this course we will continue to suffer a loss of national morality.” Article VI of the U. S. Constitution forbids subjecting public officials to a religious test as a requirement to hold office.

“I have no regrets,” Moore said. “God is sovereign and shall remain so despite what the Supreme Court and federal district courts of this land say.”

No he’s not stopping. He may even run again for public office.

"We'll have to see about that. It's in God's hands," he said. "Whether I run or not, I'll keep on doing what I'm doing now. They won't stop me. It's vital to our nation's future that we acknowledge our debt to God and reclaim our right to express it."

To this end, Judge Moore and his supporters have created the Foundation for Moral Law. For more information about the foundation, see its website,

Lee Duigon
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Lee is the author of the Bell Mountain Series of novels and a contributing editor for our Faith for All of Life magazine. Lee provides commentary on cultural trends and relevant issues to Christians, along with providing cogent book and media reviews.

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