By Michael Ware – BarbWire guest contributor
As I reported earlier, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore sent an open letter to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. In this letter, Chief Justice Moore asks that Bentley resist a recent ruling by a federal appeals court. This ruling stated that the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment was unconstitutional. Now there has been an answer from a known anti-Christian organization.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that become notorious for creating its list of Christian “hate groups,” has filed a judicial ethics complaint against Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore after he sent a letter to Gov. Robert Bentley, asking that he uphold the state’s Sanctity of Marriage Amendment.
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Moore used the Bible and American history of law as support for his reasoning. His letter is reported to have said.
Moore pointed to the Scriptures in his letter, as Jesus declared in Mark 10:6-9 that “from the beginning of creation God made them male and female, [and] for this cause, a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and they twain shall be one flesh.” He also noted a U.S. Supreme Court ruling from 1885, which was reiterated in 1908, which stated that the foundation for marriage and family is “the union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony.”
The Southern Poverty Law Group has long opposed Christianity and its culture. This group is known for citing as “hate groups” those who would oppose homosexual agendas. Christiannews.net adds:
The Southern Poverty Law Center, filed a judicial ethics complaint against Moore, requesting that charges be brought against him in the Alabama Court of the Judiciary.
They quote them:
It’s clear that Moore is more interested in being the chief pastor of Alabama than the Chief Justice of Alabama,” President Richard Cohen, who co-signed this week’s complaint, told the Montgomery Advisor. “I would hope he would be removed from the bench, but I don’t know the full range of measures the Court of the Judiciary in its wisdom might take.
This is where we have sunken. It continues to amaze me that people refuse to see the level of hypocrisy that these people reach. This man wants what he thinks is liberty at the expense of another’s freedom of expression.
Chief Justice Moore is fulfilling his responsibility. In answer he wrote:
(It was his) duty to advise the lower courts when their jurisdiction is threatened by an unlawful mandate by a federal district court.
Our law and Alabama Supreme Court precedent are clear that lower federal and appeals court decisions carry only persuasive authority but are not binding on state judges also sworn to the United States Constitution, and who have equal authority to rule on such matters.
May God give victory in this fight for truth and liberty. Please put Chief Justice Moore in your prayers.
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