By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Friday, December 9, 2016, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore (R) addressed the fall National Meeting of the Constitution Party at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. The two-time Chief Justice is presently under suspension by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary for violating the canons of judicial ethics. Moore discussed constitutional principles and the controversial Obergefell versus Hodges US Supreme Court decision that forced all of the states to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Chief Justice Moore did not pull any punches in a lengthy keynote address. Moore called the Montgomery based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC ), “Truly an apostate organization.”
Moore said that we have foreign enemies; but we have domestic enemies as well. “They have come after me and removed me essentially.” Moore said that if the debate were about the law he would prevail. “This is not a legal fight, it’s a political fight” Moore stated. “I don’t know that we can overcome the politics of this.”
Chief Justice Moore said that Obergefell versus Hodges was a 5 to 4 US Supreme Court ruling. Moore said that the Obergefell ruling, “Is completely wrong.” Moore added that is was “Completely not constitutional and completely not law.”
Moore said that his outspokenness is, “Why they are coming after me.” “Just for saying what four US Supreme Court Justices said.”
On the election of Donald Trump, Moore said, “We put too much faith in the people that we elect President,” but that his election means, “I think God has given us a reprieve,” from where the liberals wanted to go.
Moore quoted heavily from the Declaration of Independence: “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Moore said that even lawyers and judges have forgotten the Declaration of Independence and don’t understand what he is talking about when he tells them that the Declaration is law. We have got to know what God is relevant in our country. Moore said that the Declaration is the purpose and mission statement of American government and the Constitution is the actual bylaws.
Moore also quoted from Washington’s farewell address where the First President warned us to avoid foreign entanglements and the development of political parties. Moore said that we failed to heed his warnings.
Moore said that the Founders understood the fallen nature of man. If men were angels we wouldn’t need government or if angels were governing there would be no need for limits on government; but man is a fallen creation thus government is necessary and limits on that government are also necessary.
Chief Justice Moore said, “We don’t need a new Constitution.” Justice Ruth Ginsburgh called it ‘old and outdated.’ They have a modernist world view. They think that we are better than our founding fathers. “Are we better than they were? No.” The courts, the police, even the President have corruption. There is corruption everywhere. These is even corruption in the Church. You wonder why we are having murders. Why people are killing police and why police are killing people? We are losing more people to violence in Chicago than we are in Afghanistan. In the 1828 dictionary religion is the first table of the law. A distinction must be made between God and religion. “God is not religion.” The authority of God is something that Madison talked about in the Federalist papers. “We have been asleep too long. We have forgotten the God of our forefathers.
Moore said that we are under the worst attack in our country’s history. You will be removed from office for opposition to the secularists. Justice Kennedy appointed by Reagan was the writer of the Obergefell ruling. Chief Justice Roberts (who dissented from Obergefell) said that, ‘Five lawyers have enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law.”
Moore said that Obergefell is based on an interpretation of the 14th Amendment that no one who was alive at the time it was written would have agreed with and few people since then. Moore said that Congress, “Should be impeaching these justices or at least Kennedy. The others did not even have the courage to write a concurrent opinion.” Moore said that Congress should have impeached and removed the Justices for the Obergefell verdict; but too many Congress are more interested in protecting their careers rather than doing their constitutional duty.
Moore suggested that an Article V constitutional convention might be necessary for the states to rein in the federal government.
In closing, Moore said that in 1863 before the battle of Antietam the US Senate asked President Abraham Lincoln to call for a day of prayer and thanksgiving. Moore said, “If I were Governor it (calling for a day of prayer and thanksgiving would be the first thing I would do.” Moore said that crime, incest, violence, strife are punishments from God for our choices. We have let sin grow to such an extreme and we have let families fall apart. We have taken fathers out of homes. Chicago is one of the strongest gun laws cities and it hasn’t helped. This is not the first time that we have forgotten Gods law and become too proud to pray.
Moore is appealing his suspension from the State’s high court.