- The Washington Times - Friday, August 3, 2001

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A 5,280-pound monument dedicated to the Ten Commandments was introduced in the Alabama Supreme Court rotunda on Wednesday.
The 4-foot-tall monument holds two tablets with the Ten Commandments. Engraved on the granite are quotes from the nation's forefathers supporting the Commandments' basis as the foundation for law.
"To restore morality, we must first recognize the source from which all morality springs," Chief Justice Roy Moore said after presenting the monument. "From our earliest history in 1776 when we were declared to be the United States of America, our forefathers recognized the sovereignty of God."
Chief Justice Moore, who has long displayed the Commandments in his private office, was among the donors who paid for the statue. The question about whether the Ten Commandments may be displayed in schools or on public property has become a source of contentious debate throughout the country.
In May, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case testing whether public display of the Ten Commandments violated the principle of separation of church and state. The decision left in place a ruling that a display of the Ten Commandments on public property in Indiana was a constitutional violation.
Judge Moore achieved national prominence on this issue when, as a circuit court judge for Etowah County in the central part of Alabama, he refused to remove two redwood plaques of the Commandments from his office walls.



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