Judge Myron Thompson stands near the Ten Commandments monument in Montgomery, Ala, in this
fundamental, if not sole, purpose in displaying the monument was non-secular; and the
monument's primary effect advances religion. Chief Justice Moore's actions and intentions
crossed the line between the permissible and impermissible." - U.S. District Judge
|The Ten Commandments Money
How Roy Moore profits from controversy.
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Him The Money.
By JUDITH HANEY
(USNewsLink) - - September 1, 2003
You can't live in Alabama
without having Roy Moore's spectacle shoved down your throat by every media outlet in the
state. Even if one isn't interested in Moore's various trials and tribulations, it is
impossible to escape the hyped up pseudo-religious extravaganza he has adroitly
manufactured and exploited for personal gain.
Moore's well planned and
orchestrated "resistance" to U.S.
District Judge Myron Thompson's order to remove the 5280-pound granite statue from the
Alabama Judicial Building's rotunda has evolved into what his supporters call a national
movement to "take back the courts."
"stay in the battle with us through your generous financial
support" - Roy Moore's website.
would characterize the dynamics of the Moore Money Machine as an informal group of
opportunists who have unified around a counter-culture issue, i.e., "us" (the
pseudo-Christians) against "them" (the federal court). Everyday the lists grows
with new opportunists like James Dobson, Patrick Mahoney, Paul and Rob Schenck, Jerry
Falwell, and John Anderson adding their support (their various websites hype the Ten
Commandments controversy and solicit money).
So far, the Ten Commandments
con is working, and working beautifully. Money is flowing in, media outlets can't seem to
get enough of "that ol' time religion", and Roy Moore, the anti-hero, is riding
high on a new wave of popularity.
All is well in Ten
Or is it?
Where is all that money going?
While the financial channels
are convoluted, multi-tentacled, and implemented in such a way as to disguise their true
objectives and purpose, the money raised from Moore's high profile "God before
Law" roadshow has, or will, eventually end up in the personal bank accounts of Roy
Moore and his band of opportunists.
How much money has Moore
made so far from his high profile exploitation of his official capacity as Chief Justice
of the Alabama Supreme Court? A conservative estimate is between $300-500,000. But
Moore won't reveal exactly how much, or where the money is being spent. He has
shrouded his money machine with five layers of "employees" and a
"foundation" in an effort to prevent anyone from ever knowing the actual dollar
amount that is flowing into his and his wife's personal bank account.
Only a formal investigation
into his earnings and sources of income will enable the public to learn who Roy Moore
really is, and what role he is playing behind the scenes of his Money Machine. However,
the signs are posted for those who are willing to read them.
To begin with, he is openly
soliciting money from his website. And, he is involved with others who are soliciting
money on his behalf from newly created Internet websites. Most of these money raising
websites have become active within the past three weeks - beginning with Patrick Mahoney's
high profile appearance in Montgomery, Alabama, which coincided with Moore's refusal to
obey a federal court order to remove the Ten Commandments statue from the public building
That the Ten Commandments
controversy was purposely manipulated and exploited by Roy Moore & Company for the
purpose of raising money is undisputed.
Moore carefully set the stage
for the ultimate showdown two years ago when he put the religious monument in the Alabama
Judicial Building during the middle of the night.
And by undertaking that
specific act in defiance of legal convention (which is to keep non-secular religious
symbols out of government buildings), Moore set in motion a series of events that
fell predictably into place like dominoes, i.e., he violated the law, he unsuccessfully
defended his unlawful conduct, and the "payoff" came when he refused to obey a
lawful order of the federal court which catapulted him into the national spotlight
(essential for a serious fundraiser).
As was recently cited in an editorial,
Moore purposely chose to resist the federal court order on flimsy, unprecedented,
grounds, i.e., on the premise that Moore as Alabama's Chief Justice is somehow
required by law to use his office to acknowledge God in ways that the chief justice
By refusing to appeal the
federal court ruling based upon tried and true precedent, Moore guaranteed his fight
would be protracted and inflammatory, and in so doing he invented the perfect con: (1) lie
about his motives to gain favor with the faithful, (2) stick to his story to recruit new
followers to his roadshow, (3) cloak the con in religious rhetoric, (4) bank the money and
exit stage right to the religious lecture circuit as a magnet for the disenfranchised.
In sorting out the controversy,
it is important to "watch" the actions of Moore & Company, rather than
"listen" to their religious rhetoric. For by watching, one can interpret Moore's
underlying motives which have, to date, been disguised by his contemptible exploitation of
the faith and beliefs of Alabama's citizens.
Moore is no Christian. He is a
cold-blooded con man, and a bad one at that!
"The Spirit of Liberty is the
spirit which is not too sure that it is right ... that seeks to understand the minds of
other men and women ... which weighs their interests alongside its own without bias. ...
The Spirit of Liberty is the spirit of him who near 2,000 years ago taught mankind that
lesson that it has never learned but has never quite forgotten, that there may be a
kingdom where the least shall be heard and considered side-by-side with the
greatest." - Learned Hand, 18721961, American jurist
Attempt to vilify is contemptible
Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore and
Company's "attempts to vilify good, honest and courageous public officials who are
simply trying to fulfill the oath of office they took are beneath contempt."
" Moore and his supporters are entitled
to their opinions about the monument. But when they start to pull the good names of the
eight associate chief justices and the state attorney general through the mud for simply
doing their sworn duty to uphold the law, they go too far."
"A primary reason the Ten Commandments
is no longer on display rests at the feet of Moore and his attorneys."
"In other parts of the nation, similar
displays of the Ten Commandments have been successfully defended in federal court. If this
display had been defended using similar arguments, the results here could very well have
"But Moore rejected the
involvement of the state attorney general and the appointment of outside counsel Jay
Sekulow, who has won religious freedom cases in the Supreme Court and who, with Attorney
General Bill Pryor, won a ruling protecting student-led prayer from the same appeals court
that consider this case."
"Instead, Moore chose his own
outside attorneys, and he and they pursued a legal strategy built around the premise that
the state's chief justice is somehow required by law to use his office to acknowledge God
in ways that the chief justice himself determines. It seemed a strategy designed to
lose." Excerpted from an Editorial, Montgomery Advertiser, 09/01/2003
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