Former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore is drumming up support for legislation to rein in what he calls a "runaway judiciary.''
Moore asked several Republicans for hearings on a proposal that would prohibit federal courts from curbing state courts that allow a public "acknowledgment of God.''
Moore was forced out office for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state Supreme Court building.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch's committee spokeswoman said Hatch agrees with Moore's concerns and may schedule a hearing.
Moore's "Constitution Restoration Act" mandates that public promotion of religion is not a legitimate subject of review by courts.
Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said, "Moore's crusade appears to be an act of unconstitutional revenge."
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