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Wednesday, August 13, 2003
First Amendment Hijinks

Perhaps you recall the two-ton monument to the Ten Commandments installed in the Alabama courthouse by Judge Roy Moore? The one he said was " intended to teach the citizens of Alabama that God's law trumps laws ordained by men, such as the U.S. Constitution, if the two are seen to be in conflict," then was incensed when the courts said it was a violation of the First Amendment and had to be removed? Well, Rep. John Hostettler (R-IN) has decided that since he doesn't like the court's decision in the matter, he should be able to take care of it:

U.S. Newswire - The Hill: Hostettler Could Block Marshals on Ten Commandments: "He added: 'I do think the 11th Circuit opinion is unlawful,' referring to the unanimous appeals panel ruling that affirmed U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson's order that Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore remove the 5,280-pound monument from the rotunda of the building by Aug. 20."
His amendment would forbid spending money to remove the monument. One wonders if Rep. Hostettler has any inkling of what the term "separation of powers" means.
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