In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling last Friday legalizing same-sex marriage across the country, the remaining states where it wasn’t already legal have, for the most part, gone ahead and grudgingly joined the 21st century. Even here in Louisiana, despite the initially defiant tone by Bobby Jindal that quickly became a whimper, couples can now get married in nearly every parish in the state with no problems.
Alabama has turned out to be an entirely different matter altogether. While Texas governor Greg Abbott has told county clerks that they could refuse to issue marriage licenses if it conflicted with their religious beliefs, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is trying to drag out the opposition to marriage equality for as long as he possibly can.
Alabama’s governor Robert Bentley has stated that the state would comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, but Roy Moore’s attorney Win Johnson, who is the director of legal staff at the state’s Administrative Office of the Court, isn’t having any of it. He went so far as to send a letter to the governor’s office, warning that the governor needed to choose between “God or Satan” and that “public officials are ministers of God.” Win Johnson even invoked Nazi Germany, because no religious fanatic’s homophobic diatribe is ever complete without mentioning Hitler or the Nazis.
This isn’t the first time Chief Justice Roy Moore and his office have defied the separation of church and state. As you may remember, he was previously removed from the Alabama Supreme Court with his Ten Commandments stunt that was too much, even for Alabama’s judicial ethics panel.
Moore took his dogma a step too far in 2001 when he commissioned a massive granite monument to the Ten Commandments to be placed in the Alabama State Judicial Building. (Moore actually copyrighted the monument’s design.) The ACLU and other civil liberties groups brought suit, arguing that the monument violated the Establishment Clause. In 2003, a federal judge agreed, ordering the Decalogue removed. Moore refused—and was swiftly removed from office by Alabama’s judicial ethics panel. (Source)
No stranger to hypocrisy, Roy Moore recently also said that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be impeached for performing a marriage ceremony, along with claiming that freedom of religion in the United States only applies to Christians. While this letter probably won’t cause him any legal issues personally, there is a potential conflict of interest where his wife Kyala is the president of The Foundation for Moral Law, a non-profit “religious liberties” organization he previously headed that opposes marriage equality. Roy Moore has made a very successful career of inserting his fanatical religious beliefs into Alabama politics, and defying the United States Supreme Court personally or through his attorney is yet another stunt Alabama will waste taxpayer dollars on while trying to defend in court.
Below is the entire letter from Chief Justice Roy Moore’s attorney Win Johnson, via AL.com:
Time for Public Officials to take their stand one way or the other
Jesus Christ is Lord of all. He came to save the world by His death and resurrection. That world includes you, me, the family, the civil government, all the institutions of life. He came to advance His Father’s kingdom, not watch man run rampant upon the earth as if Christ had never come. As if it were the days of Noah!
Public officials are ministers of God assigned the duty of punishing the wicked and protecting the righteous. If the public officials decide to officially approve of the acts of the wicked, they must logically not protect the righteous from the wicked. In fact, they must become protectors of the wicked. You cannot serve two masters; you must pick – God or Satan.
The criminal laws against homosexual sodomy are for the protection of the righteous, particularly the young, the weak, the vulnerable, who need the law to teach them right from wrong when in a vulnerable state. The U.S. Supreme Court, although it claims to have done so in 2003, cannot take something that God calls a crime and declare it not a crime.
We’re facing something even worse now, the civil government taking a new step and actually requiring the approval and sanctifying by the state of an evil behavior. Five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court have now opined that the States of this country and all of us must approve of so-called marriages of same sex couples.
Therefore, the civil government must now become a persecuting power; you cannot avoid it. The civil government must protect what it approves of. It must protect the advocates’ employment, their business dealings, their lives in every way. Against whom? Against those who think their lifestyle is evil. That’s you and me, bible-believing Christians, the Church, etc.
Public official, what will you do? Will you stand up for the law of Alabama, for the people, for the weak and vulnerable, for the law of God? Or will you capitulate? Will you become complicit in the takeover by the wicked?
“I must follow the law,” you say. Law? What law? There is no law anymore, there’s just opinion. One day this, one day that. When the law becomes merely the opinion of a handful of people on the courts, there is no longer any law. There is tyranny. There is chaos. But there is no law.
The young and the weak, those that are caused to stumble by courts that approve of what is evil, are those whom Jesus referred to when he said, “It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” Luke 17:2. You don’t want to be complicit in allowing such stumbling blocks.
Don’t use the Nazi war-crimes trial defense: “My superiors (or the courts) told me to do it.” You’re not standing for the rule of law when you capitulate to a law that defies God and exposes people to the wicked. You’re just a coward making excuses!
Or will your conscience cause you to resign? Why would you leave the people of this State, their children, your children and grandchildren to the wolves, those who would rend the society apart with their denial of what’s good and evil?
Your duty is to stand against the ravages of a superior authority that would go beyond its rightful power and force upon the people something evil. That’s what the founders of our country did when Parliament exceeded its powers. That’s what the Puritans in civil government in the 1600’s did when the King exceeded his powers.
On Judgment Day, you won’t stand in front of the media, the advocates of “Equality,” or even the federal courts; you’ll stand before the King of Kings, the Judge and Ruler over the Kings of the Earth, Jesus Christ. His law is not subject to the vote of man, and He, asthe good and loving author of that law, does not exempt any nation from it. The law’s author, speaking of Himself as “the stone which the builders rejected,” said, “Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.” Luke 20:18.
What can you do? You have authority as an elected official. You also are sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution and Alabama Constitution. Find a way to do so. Don’t acquiesce to the takeover (actually the takedown)! Use your authority and every legal angle to oppose the tyrants! If necessary, just say, “No.” It is not rebellion for you to say, “Your interpretation of the Constitution is wrong, beyond your authority, and detrimental to this nation.” In fact, it’s your duty. You’re not opposing the rule of law, you’re upholding it by saying that. (Source)
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