Moore Defends His Stand

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Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore joined in the Wednesday night prayer and worship service at Evangel Temple in Meridian.

During his visit, Judge Moore also visited WTOK for a taping of its public affairs program, On the Record.

The discussion centered on the Ten Commandments monument which he placed in the Alabama judicial building and has since been removed.

"The moral basis of our laws comes from the acknowledgement of a Judeo-Christian God. Our forefathers didn't sit around the table like this and say, well how do we determine right or wrong?" said Moore. "Let's just think up. It didn't happen that way. It comes from an acknowledgement of God. That acknowledgement is being then taken away from us and it's a very serious proposition."

Moore said he believes the controversy has two root causes.

"And I think much of it deals with political and much of it deals with spiritual. Certainly the politics of the thing gets involved in a presidential election and certainly there's been some avoidance of this issue in national politics by one, if not both, parties," Moore said.

Moore denies his action was an act of civil disobedience.

"You can't be civilly disobedient when you're sworn to uphold the constitution of Alabama and the Constitution of the United States," said Moore. "That's not called civil disobedience. Civil disobedience is where people who are not sworn to uphold the constitution disobey the lawful orders of a judge. I was upholding my oath."

"This case is about upholding the rule of law, which is the first amendment to the United States Constitution by the acknowledgement of God and to resist an unlawful order instead of blindly obeying an unlawful order and submitting to tyranny," said Moore.

On the Record airs Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on WTOK, Channel 11.