Essential Baptist Principles™ Misc items of interest
Reading the following questions and answers of this excerpt from the trial of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is a chilling reminder of what may lie ahead for us here in America. Whether we agree with the exact tactics used by Judge Moore, it is strikingly similar to the accounts we find in the book of Daniel. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow down to the Kings idols defying the law of the land. Daniel purposely defied the law decreed by Darius to not pray to any God or man excepting himself. When Daniel knew the writing (law) was signed he purposely defied the law and acknowledged the true and living God in prayer. I hold no special attraction to the stone Judge Moore had the Ten Commandments carved on. But I do strongly believe that our fore fathers in the faith and our civil authorities believed and held sacred the truth that our nation was founded on Godly principles (the Ten Commandments) and without fanfare the public acknowledgement of them has been and still should be permissible and we should not allow a federal judge to make the final decision.
Cross examination of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore by Attorney General Bill Pryor
Q [Atty. Gen. Pryor:] And your understanding is that the Federal court ordered that you could not acknowledge God; isn't that right?
A [Chief Justice Moore:] Yes.
Q And if you resume your duties as Chief Justice after this proceeding, you will continue to acknowledge God as you have testified that you would today --
A That's right.
Q -- no matter what any other official says?
A Absolutely. Without -- let me clarify that. Without an acknowledgment of God, I cannot do my duties. I must acknowledge God. It says so in the Constitution of Alabama. It says so in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It says so in everything I have read. So --
Q The only point I am trying to clarify, Mr. Chief Justice, is not why, but only that, in fact, if you do resume your duties as Chief Justice, you will continue to do that without regard to what any other official says; isn't that right?
A Well, I'll do the same thing this Court did with starting with prayer; that's an acknowledgment of God. Now, we did the same thing that justices do when they place their hand on the Bible and say, "So help me God." It's an acknowledgement of God. The Alabama Supreme Court opens with, "God save the State and this Honorable Court." It's an acknowledgment of God. In my opinions, which I have written many opinions, acknowledging God is the source -- a moral source of our law. I think you must.