Alabama’s Chief Justice Says Only Christians Should Have Freedom of Religion (Video)

RoyMooreI’m a Christian, but I’ll never understand this overwhelming obsession by so many people of whatever faith they might subscribe to that seeks to force everyone else to believe exactly how they do.  To me, faith and religion should be very simple things – just keep them private.  Imagine how much less violence and conflict we would have in this world (and throughout human history for that matter) if people worshipped their religions privately and kept those beliefs out of government.

That’s essentially why our Founding Fathers gave us our First Amendment rights.  As Americans, we’re free to practice whatever religion we want to without fear of prosecution for practicing that religion.  It also created a barrier between church and state to ensure that laws in this country weren’t created by our government based on religion.  This, of course, is the part of our Constitution that religious radicals continually try to violate.

I say this as a person who lives in a state where many counties still refuse to sell alcohol (based on religious beliefs dated back decades), where you can’t buy liquor on Sundays (you know, the “holy day”) and even on Sunday beer and wine purchases are only legal after noon – you know, after church lets out.

But it seems Alabama (shocked, I know) is taking it up a notch with their current Chief Justice Roy Moore proclaiming that essentially the only religion protected by the First Amendment is Christianity.  I wonder if he can point out the words “Christian” or “Christianity” anywhere in our Constitution?

Spoiler Alert: Neither appear even once.

During remarks he made during a speech at an event for the Pastors-For-Life in Mississippi, Moore said, “Everybody, to include the United States Supreme Court, has been deceived as to one little word in the first amendment called ‘religion.’  They can’t define it.”

He then went on to say, “They don’t want to do that, because that acknowledges the creator God.  Buddha didn’t create us. Muhammad didn’t create us.  It’s the God of the Holy Scriptures.”

“They didn’t bring a Koran on the pilgrim ship, Mayflower,” he said. “Let’s get real. Let’s learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.”

I’m not really sure what the Puritans on the Mayflower have to do with our Constitution.  Considering the Mayflower landed some 150+ years before the Revolutionary War that would be like us currently comparing our beliefs to those of slave owners of the 1860’s.

But Moore showcases the typical conservative ignorance we frequently see when it comes to religion.  They like to go on and on about how this is a “Christian nation,” yet can’t really explain why the words “Christian” or “Christianity” don’t appear even once within our Constitution.

You would think, as intelligent as these men were, that if they intended this nation to be based on Christianity they would have slipped that in there somewhere – but they didn’t.

Not only did they not do so, but they made sure that our very First Amendment says that we have the freedom of religion.

And the most baffling thing is, in the Treaty of Tripoli (written by one of our Founding Fathers, John Adams) it clearly states, without question, that this nation was not founded on Christianity:

As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…

You couldn’t be any clearer than that.

So when this judge says that we need to “learn our history,” he might want to take a long look in the mirror, because he sure as hell doesn’t seem to know much about it.  And the terrifying part is, this is a man who’s supposed to be an impartial judge when interpreting law as the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.  Something that these comments clearly show he’s incapable of being.

Watch his comments below:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • george w moron bush

    the south; America’s intellectual toilet. and white trash land. i feel sorry for all other people who are not pigment challenged that have to live with these retards . Morons!

    • DavidD

      Your comments say more about you than they do about us.Allen Clifton ,who wrote this article ,lives in a southern red state.
      Please take your hatred over to the other side.You will be more comfortable there.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        hey dave,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ive lived in Athens GA and Memphis ( 1977-78; 1997-98) and travelled all over the south FROM Memphis
        ……. its pretty bleak

      • DavidD

        I think we are on a cusp of a big change both down here and nationaly.Income inequality has become so great that all sorts of people are going to be pushing populist themes.
        Not that long ago FDR’s picture was in most people’s living room down here.
        The GOP is pushing an utopian vision of pure market capitalism that is becoming more and more self evidently bankrupt and void of any connection of reality.
        Nihilism ,gerrymandering,fearmongering and voter suppresion will only work so long.
        They will make gains in 2014 but will lose big time in 2016.
        Objective conditions and time are on our side.
        Whether progresives and other intrested parties can unite and do something effective about it is up to us.
        As Aunt Molly Jackson said,”When you find the dirt you’d better use your broom cause it won’t go away by itself.”

      • regressive teaparty trash

        now THAT is a superior reply!!!

  • Stephen Barlow

    Violating the Constitution one is SWORN to uphold, defend and protect IS an impeachable offense. It may also be a crime. But WHeRE the BAMAHOLE of the universe are we gonna find 2 intelligent people to make the motion and second it in the Alabama State house (of prostitution)?

    • DavidD

      Please see my comment above.Divide and conquer is the GOP game.Why do you practice here?

      • Stephen Barlow

        Done did dat! and you are stalling on the truth of the matter.

        TO Quote Jesse Helms.

    • Francine Anoia Price

      then all of the Republicans in Congress need to be tried for sedition.

      • Stephen Barlow

        BING oh!

  • CarnegieHall

    Wow, this dude got so many facts wrong. I almost feel sorry for him.

  • youmustbejoking

    Even worse is this guy- who we know is a bigot- sided with the birthers who have filed so many cases around the US, in a case that came before the Alabama Supreme Court. Fortunately, 7 of the 9 justices on the court decreed the lawsuit was justly thrown out in a lower court. Moore and another judge said the state’s Secretary of State should have to verify any individual’s birth certificate who is to be on the ballot for president. Since birthers don’t want to accept the birth certificate that the State of Hawaii has repeatedly verified this president’s birth certificate, each state is supposed to accept that as fact and not try to second guess each state’s verification. Of course, they only want to do that for the black president!

    • Jonathan Hines

      Bi-racial President

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        when we look at Obama we see an African first,,,,,,,,,,,, so don’t try that watered down crap. TEA PARTY trash see him as black with a UN American name

      • youmustbejoking

        I know he is bi-racial, but those who hate him so much only see the black.

  • Francine Anoia Price

    Oh, for Heaven’s Sake. Our Founding Fathers were not Christians. They were Deists or Atheists. Most had read Hobbes, Hume, or Locke and grew up on a diet of the Classics. Idiots like this justice really gripe me and it’s another reason our Education system in this country is in the toilet.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Emerson…
      You are PERFECTLY right!
      EDUCATED men (persons) …
      … the 4/10ths of one percent

      should be making education a “taxpayer immoral” issue.

      GOVERNMENT FUNDED law critters like Mitch McConnell….

      DO I REALLY have too explain it to you?

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        excellent post,…………. now we have those who CAN read; occasionally do read–
        yet still comprehend only what they want to see

      • Jonathan Hines

        What about Pilgrim’s Progress?

      • Stephen Barlow

        What about it?

  • surfjac

    Alabama, violating constitutional rights since forever.

  • regressive teaparty trash

    vote republican—- they love America and want equal rights for all***
    (,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, *** their constituents)

    • Jonathan Hines

      That’s why the hire illegals, globalize jobs, enrich the communist and Jihaddi Islamist, hide wealth overseas and pay no taxes, pay serf.dumb wages 2 patriots, overcharge 4 all goods, claim corporate welfare is their entitlement 2 create any job, tear up the roads and bridges 2 deliver any goods and services, overcharge 4 their labor, … And generally if U bring CHRIST n2 this behave like mammon.ites of St. Matthew 6:24 4 the love of money/mammon, and the lust 4 money/mammon. … Claiming that is the purpose of their wasE(Euro) founding heritage and their founding right as king.dumb and imp.pire builders of the human Genome.
      EducateUP and be not beguiled as they seek 2 change usa democracy n2 a MAMMON.ocracy!

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        praise jeeeesus!!

      • james phillips

        heavy!

  • John Patrick Lichtenberg

    Creepy.

  • Butch Coone

    I grew up in Alabama and still shake my head when I experience the misfortune of finding Roy Moore wandering through my thoughts. I do find it interesting though, that Moore who proudly presented a copy of The Ten Commandments in his courtroom and built a political career out of that move and never acknowledged that only three of those commandments are actually constitutional (those covering murder, lying and theft). Conversely, that means that 70% of The Commandments are unconstitutional. To illustrate: “No other Gods before me”, violates freedom of religion. “No graven images”, also violates freedom of religion and christian practices as it would not allow bowing to the crucifix, outlaw secular jewelry and symbols, etc. “Take the Lord’s name in vain”, violates freedom of speech. “Honor your father and mother”, simply not enforceable under the law. “Adultery”, no mention in the constitution. “Covet your neighbor’s belongings”, as the word covet means thought and not take, not constitutional. So, Moore’s argument that our founding fathers based the country’s primary legal document on The Ten Commandments doesn’t hold up under practice or scrutiny. They did however base the document on the tenets of governing a republic, the abuses the colonies had endured under the English monarchy, the natural doctrine of rights and English Common Law.

  • Boris Wigglebotton

    Scary that a man in such a high position could be THAT stupid!

  • levack

    These people are reading “freedom of religion” as “freedom to be christian” because Christians are always under an onslaught from all sides

    • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

      the pseudo Christians deserve to be attacked as the phonies that they are,,,,,,,,,,,,,as do all religious scumbag zealots
      ==========================================
      REAL Christian are quiet peaceful people who TRY 2 follow the real teaching of christ

  • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

    aging white trash regressives who hate all that are NOT white trash practitioners of VOODOO/superstition ( see: religion) ,,,,or at least not of THEIR VOODOO.
    white trash low IQ scum……I want them all to live long enough 2 twist in pain as our great nation FINALLY gives freedom/liberty and EQUALITY for ALL americans
    ,,,,,,,,,,,you may now pass the tax free tithe ; pastor

  • donte’ williams

    This is extreamly uneducated and rude, is he not consitering other religons? Is he really the religously intolorant? This arguement isolates the reader, prehaps he should be removed from office if he contenuces to be so religously intolorant