Voters in Alabama gave Roy Moore his seat back as chief justice after being thrown out of the office ten years ago. Moore easily defeated Democratic Jefferson County Circuit Judge Bob Vance.
“It’s clear the people have voted to return me to the office of chief justice. I have no doubt this is a vindication. I look forward to being the next chief justice. Go home with the knowledge that we are going to stand for the acknowledgment of God."
The controversy surrounding Moore came when he installed and later refused a federal judge's order to remove a two and a half ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Judicial Building in 2000.
Moore was removed from his office, and still maintains the order from the judge was unlawful, and that he should not have followed it. Moore promised he wouldn't return the monument to the courthouse when he returns to the bench. He states his point has been made, and it is not about the monument, but about the acknowledgment of his God.
Moore has two failed bids for the Governorship of Alabama, and was politically irrelevant for a long time. He turned to grassroots support, along with name recognition to get his old seat back. Judge Moore also had the benefit of a base of voters who associated him with the Ten Commandments.
Alabama is one of the most religiously oriented states in the nation. A replica of the Ten Commandments adorned a table at Moore's party.
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