Lubbock Debates Monument Removal - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/27/03

Lubbock Debates Monument Removal

Several members of Lubbock's Church on the Rock filed into Wednesday night services with a sense of sadness about this day. "I think it's a real shame," says Barb Johnson.

Johnson is just one of several on this night who viewed the removal the 10 Commandments monument as terrible news. "Anytime you leave God out, that's a super mistake," says Church on the Rock member Karen Young.

But others disagree. Lubbock ACLU President Harvey Madison says the monument violated the U.S. Constitution's ban on government promotion of religion. "The founding fathers who wrote the Constitution made it clear that the government was not to dabble in religion. That the government is not to be recruited by any particular religion or group to promote their religion," says Madison.

Madison calls Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore a loose cannon. Moore installed the monument two years ago and was unwilling to compromise his principles when ordered to take it down. "He unfortunately appeals to the worst instincts in those who would exercise religious intolerance toward others," says Madison of Moore.

But millions view Moore as a hero with enthusiastic resolve. They argue the moral foundation of our laws are faith based, and the acknowledgment of God is built into the Constitution.

We likely haven't heard the last of this case. Moore's attorney plans to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.

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