Crazy Alabama Supreme Court Justice Says God’s Law Is Enshrined In ‘Pursuit Of Happiness’

The Declaration of Independence contains these words: “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.” According to Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, this means following biblical law. Seriously.

That is a dangerous and frightening position for any judge to hold, but Moore presides over a state’s supreme court. He should know better than to preach views like this, as they are in direct conflict with the law he’s sworn to uphold.

Roy Moore’s wife, Kayla, is the president of a group called the Foundation for Moral Law, which is fighting for a right that nobody has lost (they’re fighting for their right to recognize their god). While that, just by itself, shouldn’t reflect on Moore, he himself held that very post before being re-elected to the Alabama Supreme Court.

This is also the judge that has openly, and willfully, defied the order of a federal court to allow same-sex marriages to proceed in the state. In fact, CNN reports that U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade has again ordered the state to allow probate judges to marry same-sex couples, but put that order on hold pending the outcome of the marriage equality case in the Supreme Court.

Moore ordered the probate judges to follow Alabama’s existing law, creating a lot of confusion in the state. The probate judges are generally required to follow orders from the state supreme court, but U.S. district courts are higher than state supreme courts.

Besides being at the center of that fustercluck, Moore spoke at an anti-marriage equality rally in Texas. He said that the states had a duty to stand up to the federal government, and the federal courts, on the matter, and that state courts have equal authority to federal courts. If that were true, the conflicts between state and federal courts would be absolutely astonishing.

Moore was removed from the bench in 2003, after he refused to remove the 10 Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery. How is it that someone with as skewed a legal view as his ended up back on the bench? According to the Washington Post, he ran for election to the seat, and won.

He seems to think that state law overrules federal law, which is another unfortunate position for him to take since it’s flat-out wrong. In fact, all the views that are most central to how he rules are in conflict with U.S. law. That includes believing that the Declaration of Independence encourages us to follow biblical law in the pursuit of happiness.

Why that’s a problem is because, given his history, it means he would likely rule in favor of biblical law, even in direct contravention to the U.S. Constitution. He has a warped view of history, and a warped view of law, and he should never have been allowed to run for the Alabama Supreme Court a second time.

Watch a video of Moore’s remarks below:

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