I feel for ya, Alabama, I really do. You voted for him, and now you’re gonna have to live with Roy Moore as the Chief Justice of your Supreme Court.
Moore, who was removed from that office in 2003 for refusing a federal judge’s order to uninstall the gazillion-pound Ten Commandments monument he’d installed in the courthouse, was sworn in Friday in a return that was triumphal for his fundamentalist conservative supporters and embarrassing for everybody else.
Moore wasted no time in strumming the same harp he was strumming nine years ago: “Weâ€™ve got to remember that most of what we do in court comes from some Scripture or is backed by Scripture…It was right then to acknowledge God, and it will continue to be so.â€ Never mind that Moore is 180 degrees away from the truth: one would be hard-pressed to find anything in American or Alabaman law that can’t be traced to a secular origin or that isn’t unique to the Old Testament.
Moore has said he doesn’t intend to revive the issue of the Ten Commandments monolith, but he doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy that can keep his mouth shut for long. I predict that, sooner or later, he will find himself in another Constitutional tangle.