While lawyers clearly have the agenda of representing their clients in mind, judges are supposed to be the beacon of impartiality and interpretation of law. They’re not supposed to advocate from the bench based upon their personal opinions, they’re simply supposed to interpret our laws – based on our Constitution.
That’s a fact that Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore apparently doesn’t seem to understand. You see, Justice Moore seems to believe that it’s “foolish” for Huntsville, Alabama’s city council to allow non-Christian religions to hold prayers at meetings.
“We’re having prayers by theists? We’re having Wiccans say prayers? How foolish can we be?” Moore asked.
“I’ll say this in Huntsville because I think it needs to be said in Huntsville,” Moore continued. “There is one God and it’s the God on which this nation was founded. And it’s the God of the Scriptures. I don’t need applause for that. It’s a truth in history and it’s a truth in law.”
I think it’s safe to say that this guy has no business being in any position to impartially interpret law.
First, I would like to point out that nowhere in our Constitution do the words “Christian” or “Christianity” appear even once. So there’s absolutely no proof or evidence to support the notion that this country was founded on the Christian religion. In fact, our First Amendment clearly states that Americans have the freedom of religion.
I would love to see Moore explain how laws based on Christianity being forced on those who aren’t Christians doesn’t violate the Constitutional rights of those who are having those laws forced upon them based on religious beliefs they don’t follow. Then again, this isn’t the first time that he’s insisted that only Christians should have the freedom of religion.
And that’s the issue these conservatives who continue to try to force religion into places it doesn’t belong face. As Americans we’re given the freedom of religion, therefore if you allow one religion to be represented you must allow all religions to be represented. That’s why we need a strict separation of church and state – because no American should ever be forced to abide by laws based on a religion that they do not follow.
Which is why I believe that judges who say comments such as these by Moore should immediately be removed from power. By making these comments, he’s admitting that as a judge his rulings are not based on a strict interpretation of the law, or our Constitution, but rather his own personal beliefs.
And that’s unconstitutional.