Moore Claims Ten Commandments Statue Is A "Viable Fetus"
Suspended Alabama Chief Justice and religious crackpot Roy Moore now claims that the 2.6-ton granite Ten Commandments monument taken hostage in the state judicial building's rotunda is a "viable fetus" and vowed to fight to keep the "evil courts" from "taking an innocent life" that is protected by the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee that life shall not be taken without due process of the law.
"I stand before the Court of the Judiciary because I cannot, in good conscience, allow this Ten Commandments monument which has, over the course of the weekend, become a viable fetus, a human life that should be cherished, not destroyed, to be removed from this judicial building which is, after all, the womb of this fetus. Right away, some will say that abortion is not a matter of life and death, arguing that a Ten Commandments statue-fetus is not a "person", or a "human being". Yet, medical research proves that the fetus is a living organism from the moment of conception. Clearly this statue was conceived, otherwise, it wouldn't be here today," Moore told cheering supporters outside the building Monday afternoon.
Other Moore supporters filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in Mobile in a last-ditch bid to prevent the carved stone monument from being moved, arguing that removing the monument would amount to a government endorsement of a "legislated abortion," according to the complaint.
U.S. District Court Judge William Steele has agreed to hear the case Wednesday at 3 p.m. (4 p.m. EDT).
Moore argues that the Ten Commandments statue which has become a human fetus is the foundation of the U.S. legal system and that forbidding the Judeo-Christian life form violates the First Amendment.
"It's not about a monument," he said. "It's not about religion. It's about killing innocent human lives, the unborn, even if it appears as a Ten Commandments statue, is a viable human individual and should not be killed by anyone other than almighty God," he said.
Last week, Moore's colleagues on the Alabama Supreme Court overruled his defiance of a federal court order demanding the 2.6-ton granite monument's removal, and the state's Judicial Inquiry Commission suspended him from office.
Monday afternoon, police put up their own statue of a metal fetus being sucked into a very large vacuum in order to scare people who have gathered in support of Moore.
"Christians are offended at many things in today's society," Moore told about 150 supporters. "They're offended at abortion, at sodomy in our streets, pictures and films depicting human beings engaged in sexual acts with farm animals and Southerners, at kids getting killed in school, at evil and insidious human beings like Democrats to be allowed to live...
"And yet, we seem to be ashamed at standing up and speaking the truth -- of acknowledging that this Ten Commandments statue was created in the image of God and endowed by him with our rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," he said.
The Judicial Inquiry Commission charged Moore with six ethics violations for defying a federal court order to remove the monument and have implied that he seek psychiatric counseling.
One of Moore's lawyers, a partial birth abortion survivor and former state Supreme Court Justice Terry Butts, said the chief justice's defense team will
"actively mount a very vigorous defense of the allegations that have been made against the chief justice."
Commission spokeswoman Margaret Childers said Moore has 30 days to respond.
The state's Court of the Judiciary could decide to punish Moore, and could even decide to abort him retroactively from his trailer park mother's womb by virtue of a special time machine created by Alabama state officials to go back in time and abort felons and other criminals before they are born.
Many backers waited outside the building through the weekend, threatening to block efforts to remove the monument.
Alabama could face $5,000-a-day fines until the monument is removed.
Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said one company contacted about removing the monument has refused to do so, and he urged Moore's supporters to boycott any company that took the job.
"Today let it be known that any multinational defense contractor or any company that would transport the viable human life from its rightful womb in the state judicial building's rotunda, if you move this monument, we will call for a nationwide boycott of you, or, if necessary, we will hire more anti-abortion assassins to hunt you down like critters and vermin" he said.
"We see the First Amendment to protect religious liberty, not kill innocent babies," Mahoney said.
Moore installed the monument in August 2001 without consulting the other justices and claimed it was an unborn fetus which could not be aborted.
Three Alabama lawyers who often had business at the judicial building sued, and U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled that the monument was an unconstitutional promotion of religion and not an unborn fetus.
Moore appealed the decision, but the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay Thompson's order demanding the monument's removal by midnight last Wednesday.
Moore refused to comply, prompting the state Supreme Court's other justices to overrule him.