...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.
That was in 2003 and Moore's future prospects looked dim. But as we've learned, in the conservative cosmos, if you just hang around long enough, you'll often get another chance. And so it was for Moore, who ran for Chief Justice last year, won that race, and last Friday in Montgomery was sworn back into his old office nine years later. Not everyone is thrilled by Moore's return.
Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, said Moore’s return to the court marked a sad day for the state. Cohen said he was concerned that Moore never admitted error on the refusal to follow the federal judge’s order to remove the Ten Commandments. “He’s unrepentant,” Cohen said. “He’s never said, ‘I learned a valuable lesson.’ Instead, he says he’s proud of what he’s done, despite the fact this his conduct was ruled to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution and the integrity of the state courts.”
“I’m proud to join this court. I think it’s a good court. I think this court is poised to make a difference, not only in our state but in our nation. Alabama has always led our nation. We've led in civil liberty, the restoration of civil liberty. We've led in religious liberty. We've led in state’s rights. And most recently, we've led in college football the last four years.”
BCS title, or no BCS title, the rest of America would like to know what "poised to make a difference" means. Roll, tide.