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Roy Moore's Christian America

By May 1, 2004

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Although his fifteen minutes of fame were technically over a long time ago, Roy Moore refuses to cede the stage to others - he is still traveling around, giving speeches about how America has turned away from God and how both law and society should be transformed into some sort of religious platform.

Jim Logan writes for The Advocate Messenger:

"I want to tell you ... something every American should know," he said. "It's not about the monument. It's not about the Ten Commandments. It's not about Judge Roy Moore. It's not about religion. It's about acknowledging the sovereignty of almighty God." In his keynote speech to about 200 people at the two-day Foundations Festival, Moore insisted that the Constitution of the United States was based on the "organic law" of God. He blamed "indoctrination in schools," a liberal media and "hypocritical" judges for perpetuating the "myth" of the Constitution's separation of church and state.
By turning away from God as sovereign, judges have become "empty-headed" and debased, deceived into thinking that the divine - and the Ten Commandments - have no place in the courtroom. He contends that his firing was solely because he refused to stop acknowledging God in the courtroom. Any other claim, he said, is false. "I do resent the fact that they lied to us," he said of the federal judiciary. "I resent the fact that they order us to do things, like deny God. It burns within my soul that Christians stand quietly by while another man tells them not acknowledge God." Moore closed his speech with a call for Christians to "heal your land" and "return to the Constitution and God."

Moore is described as having cited "the Bible, Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams" in his speech - but not the Constitution, which make sense because the Constitution contradicts Moore. Logan writes that "Moore also argued that Jefferson's second paragraph in the Constitution - "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights ..." - was directly inspired by 1 Romans 19," but if that is true then Moore is an even bigger fool than he usually appears because this comes from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

The Constitution makes it very clear that the people are sovereign, not God. In the United States of America, it is the people who decide the boundaries of our laws and the powers of the government, not God. In America, it is the people who rule, not God (or any self-appointed spokesmen like Moore). People like Moore would destroy popular sovereignty and transform the nation into one where ecclesiastical leaders hold true political power - exactly the sort of situation that the Constitution was designed to prevent.

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