Heart to Heart




What an honor it is to have Chief Justice Roy Moore with us this year. Before you come, it would be good to read the following information so that your children have an understanding of the great sacrifice he made in standing for his faith in God’s sovereignty.


Restored Ten Commandments Judge Roy Moore: “What We Do in Court Comes from Scripture”


Montgomery, Alabama –After being sworn in again Friday as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, known as the “Ten Commandments Judge,” gave a speech to a packed room about the origin of law and justice. “We’ve got to remember that most of what we do in court comes from some Scripture or is backed by Scripture,” Moore told the overflow audience, some of whom watched from another room on closed circuit television.


According to reports, Moore explained that the court system was created by God, and that the basis for law is outlined in the Book of Deuteronomy. He quoted from Founding Fathers Madison and Washington as well, and talked about the importance of acknowledging God, just as he did in 2003 when he was removed from the bench.


“It was right then to acknowledge God,” Moore said. “And it will continue to be so.”


As previously reported, in 2000, Moore ran for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court after serving as a circuit judge in Etowah County. Upon winning his bid and setting up his office in the courthouse, he arranged for a two-ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments to be displayed in the building’s rotunda, which was installed the following year.


Soon after, Moore was slammed with two lawsuits from three separate groups: the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Civil rights attorney Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center soon emerged as the central opponent to Moore’s display, arguing that the chief justice “placed this monument here to acknowledge the sovereignty of God over the affairs of men.”


Following a battle in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, who ruled that the display was unconstitutional as it violated the Establishment Clause, District Court Judge Myron Thompson then ordered Moore to remove the Ten Commandments from the courthouse rotunda within fifteen days. Moore refused, but the monument was later moved to a room that was not open for public viewing.


Days later, the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission filed a complaint against Moore. His position as Chief Justice was suspended, and he was placed on trial. During his hearing in November 2003, Moore firmly defended his decision to place the Ten Commandments in the courthouse, stating, “Without God there can be no ethics.” However, the assistant state attorney general argued that Moore’s defiance would have an adverse impact on how others treated court orders. “What message does that send to the public, to other litigants?” he asked. “The message it sends is: If you don’t like a court order, you don’t have to follow it.”


On August 23, 2003, a unanimous panel of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary removed Judge Moore from the bench. However, in running again for chief justice last year, Moore edged out his Democratic opponent Bob Vance to regain his old seat. He had also run for governor two years prior, but lost in the primaries. He thanked the now Governor Robert Bentley for beating him in the race on Friday. “If he hadn’t beaten me, I wouldn’t be here today,” Moore remarked, recognizing the hand of God. Bentley also delivered a speech to the hundreds that had gathered, including acquaintances from when Moore attended West Point Academy in New York.


We have common beliefs, and we believe in the same God,” the governor said, referring to Moore and Tommy Bryan, who was sworn in as associate justice. “And we worship that same God. And I am honored to serve with two men like this and men and women on this court. It is a true honor. And I truly believe that the people of Alabama are better off when we have men and women who believe there is Someone else who controls their lives and controls this state.” www.christiannews.net


“So Help Me God” Highlights of the Book about Judge Roy Moore


So Help Me God describes the providential events in Chief Justice Moore’s life leading up to his removal from office, as well as providing a thorough explanation of “separation of Church and State” and the true “rule of law.” The book is part biography and part explanation of law. The book is about the perspective of life and beliefs of Roy Moore and the battle over the Ten Commandments. Reasons and explanations are given of why Judge Moore did what he did. The book contains 17 pages of photographs from different years of Moore’s life.


Roy Moore earned an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. During the Vietnam War he served as a Military Police Company Commander. Soldiers under his command called him “Captain America.” The name of “Captain America” was not necessarily meant as a compliment, but as a description of Captain Roy Moore who closely followed military regulations and who promoted discipline in the ranks.


Concerning the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Supreme Court: “I knew that this monument would be difficult for them to understand,” he wrote. “And I wondered if I could stand the pressure of being sued and how my fellow justices would react to such a situation.”


As Circuit Judge in Etowah County, one of his first acts was to make a small wooden plaque of the Ten Commandments that was displayed in his courtroom. Concerning the Ten Commandments in the Etowah County Courtroom, “I knew there would be political and spiritual consequences. “On the other hand, I reasoned what a hypocrite I would be if I failed to acknowledge the God who was responsible for my new job.”


In the book, Judge Moore quotes extensively from historical documents and figures, such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, which he uses to prove his position.


During Roy Moore’s early life, his father moved the family around following after construction work. During early childhood, the family spent several years in Texas. In the first and second grades, Roy Moore changed schools 6 times.


The family moved back to rural Alabama and did some farming. “We plowed with mules. Cut wood with a crosscut saw.” When Roy Moore was in high school, the family did not have an indoor toilet. To earn pay for food in high school, Roy Moore spent time cleaning tables. His classmates admired him and elected him president of the student body.


In the ninth grade, Roy Moore saw a movie about the United States Military Academy. “It just aroused something in me.” He set a goal for an appointment to West Point. His parents encouraged him; he worked diligently on his studies and prayed for a miracle. The miracle happened, and the appointment to West Point became reality. “I remember very distinctly my daddy hocking his toolbox to get the $300 to get me physically to the academy,” Moore said.


Roy Moore’s father was a very hard working man, who would give the shirt off his back to help others. He was a firm believer in Jesus Christ, and he was a role model to his family of his faith in Christianity.


Judge Moore believes the greatest problems in America are caused by judicial activism caused by the courts. The problem is the courts, and that’s why this Constitution Restoration Act is the solution. To remedy the problem, Judge Moore and his legal team put together the Constitution Restoration Act, a bill that would restrict the courts through the authorization of Article III of the Constitution. Congress is clearly given the power to restrict the jurisdiction of the federal courts. Using the authority of Article III, this bill would restrict the power of federal courts to weigh in religious-expression cases like his. Judge Moore testified before Congress in September 2004 and explained the constitutional background of the act. For more information, visit http://www.helpsaveamerica.com/ten-comm-defense-petition.htm.  


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A Poem by Alabama Judge Roy S. Moore, Ten Commandments Judge


America the Beautiful, or so you used to be.
Land of the Pilgrims’ pride; I’m glad they’ll never see.


Babies piled in dumpsters, Abortion on demand,
Oh, sweet land of liberty, your house is on the sand.


Our children wander aimlessly poisoned by cocaine,
Choosing to indulge their lusts, when God has said abstain.


From sea to shining sea, our Nation turns away
From the teaching of God’s love and a need to always pray.


So many worldly preachers tell lies about our Rock,
Saying God is going broke so they can fleece the flock.


We’ve kept God in our temples, how callous we have grown.
When earth is but His footstool, and Heaven is His throne.


We’ve voted in a government that’s rotting at the core,
Appointing Godless Judges who throw reason out the door,


Too soft to place a killer in a well deserved tomb,
But brave enough to kill a baby before he leaves the womb.


You think that God’s not angry, that our land’s a moral slum?
How much longer will He wait before His judgment comes?


How are we to face our God, from Whom we cannot hide?
What then is left for us to do, but stem this evil tide?


If we who are His children, will humbly turn and pray;
Seek His holy face and mend our evil way:


Then God will hear from Heaven and forgive us of our sins,
He’ll heal our sickly land and those who live within.


But, America the Beautiful, if you don’t then you will see,
A sad but Holy God withdraw His hand from Thee.





A Poem by Alabama Judge Roy S. Moore, Ten Commandments Judge


One nation under God was their cry and declaration,

Upon the law of Nature’s God they built a mighty Nation.


For unlike mankind before them who had walked this earthen sod,

These men would never question the Sovereignty of God.


That all men were “created” was a truth “self-evident,”

To secure the rights God gave us was the role of government.


And if any form of government became destructive of this end,

It was their right, their duty, a new one to begin.


So with a firm reliance on Divine Providence for protection,

They pledged their sacred honor and sought His wise direction.


They lifted an appeal to God for all the world to see,

And declared their independence forever to be free.


I’m glad they’re not here with us to see the mess we’re in,

How we’ve given up our righteousness for a life of indulgent sin.


For when abortion isn’t murder and sodomy is deemed a right,

Then evil is now called good and darkness is now called light.


While truth and law were founded on the God of all Creation,

Man now, through law, denies the truth and calls it “separation.”


No longer does man see a need for God when he’s in full control,

For the only truth self-evident is in the latest poll.


But with man as his own master we fail to count the cost,

Our precious freedoms vanish and our liberty is lost.


Children are told they can’t pray and they teach them evolution,

When will they learn the fear of God is the only true solution.


Our schools have become the battleground while all across the land,

Christians shrug their shoulders afraid to take a stand.


And from the grave their voices cry the victory has been won.

Just glorify the Father as did His only Son.