Alabama Judge Defiant on Commandments' Display. Hundreds applauded Chief Justice Roy Moore's refusal to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the State Supreme Court. By Jeffrey Gettleman. [New York Times: NYT HomePage]
I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand the situation is out of control and counter-productive. On the other hand there is a strong backlash against the judicial branch for ignoring their religous heritage and for supporting the “Hollywood” morality. For better or for worse, the programs we watch on television have become our primary influence in helping us distinguish the differences between right and wrong. The results have not been pretty. Instead of clinging to moral principals that have worked for centuries, the courts have gradually succumbed to our present fad in which no one is responsible. Instead of embracing a useful part of our heritage and using it to reduce crime, the courts have opted to throw the baby out with the bath water. Several years ago the judicial system got after Judge Moore for displaying his wooden plaque with the Ten Commandments in the courtroom. Now they are fighting over a large granite slab with Ten Commandments on it in the State Supreme courthouse rotunda. There is too much pride at work here! I guess this is another reason why pride is considered a sin.