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Court ruling denies freedom of religion

Sept. 2, 2003

Letter to the editor

I am greatly distressed by a recent ruling of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals against Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore. The court has stated that it is unconstitutional for a marble monument of the Ten Commandments to be publicly displayed at the courthouse.

This is a travesty of justice and an abuse of the authority of these justices.

They are ruling according to the First Amendment, yet it was created so that Congress could not establish any sort of a national religion. The amendment does not prohibit states from exercising their religious rights.

An Alabama Supreme Court Justice respects and honors the Ten Commandments, which are upright moral principles, and the most succinct and powerful set of laws ever created, yet he is now forbidden to display them publicly.

Justice Moore is being denied his freedom of religion. Furthermore, it is a sad day in our nation when the Ten Commandments and every other reference to God or morality are prohibited in our society.

The Founding Fathers knew the important principles of honoring God and through maintaining personal integrity and adhering to moral principles.

If this is not so, then only the shifting sands of public opinion or a judge's personal bias is allowed to rule the day.

This abuse of power by non-elected judges must cease. I urge you to contact your senators and encourage them to exercise the checks and balances afforded in the Constitution to bridle the uncurbed power of the courts.

Natalie Butler

English '05