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    Filed at 9:07 pm under by dcobranchi

    This one may be controversial in the homeschooling community. Abandon all hope ye who enter here.

    A group of over 1000 people gathered in Alabama in support of Chief Justice Roy Moore’s standoff with the federal courts over a 5000 pound monument to the Ten Commandments.

    Darlene Beasley of Tuscaloosa brought her 14-year-old son, Jeremy, to the rally to learn about civics and history for his home school lessons. Jeremy said he believes Moore has the right to display the monument.

    “This is the time to take a stand,” said Darlene Beasley.

    I’m not sure what the lesson is here. Moore disagrees with a federal judge but he has nothing at stake. The federal judge will fine the state, not Moore personally. So, it’s not a case of civil disobedience. It’s not a state’s rights case, either. That argument was tried in the segregationist battles in the 50’s. It didn’t play then and it won’t play now, either.

    I also question the claim that our laws are based on the Ten Commandments. We don’t arrest people for taking the Lord’s name in vain, nor for violating the Sabbath, nor for worshipping idols. And, I’m pretty sure kids can dis their parents with impunity (at least as far as the courts are concerned). No, I think Chief Justice Moore is wrong. He was on the losing side of a unanimous decision. It may be politically popular in Alabama to defy the feds but Justice Moore and the people of his state are definitely going to lose in the long run. At $5,000 to $10,000 per day, Justice Moore should cut his (their) losses, declare victory, and go home.

    2 Responses to “CIVICS LESSON”

    Comment by
    Skip Oliva
    August 18th, 2003
    at 9:22 am

    Chief Justice Moore’s plight may prove to be a valuable argument *against* electing judges, especially appellate judges. Moore was elected Chief Justice in large part because he exploited populist frevor supporting his display of a Ten Commandmants monument when he was a lower court judge. Thus, Moore took his election as a mandate to carry on his Ten Commandmants crusade to the point that he has. I doubt you would see that, at least in today’s culture, from an appointed judge. For all the whining from conservatives and liberals about “activist” judges, the majority of appointed judges are, if anything, too timid in asserting judicial prerogatives.

    Comment by
    August 21st, 2003
    at 3:06 am

    Nice homeschooling site. I’m an attorney and we homeschool our kids.

    I’m wondering how a federal judge going to collect a fine against a state. I suppose now that we ship all kinds of money to the federal government, and have our state governments beg for some of the money back for education, roads, etc., the executive branch of the federal government could withhold some of those funds. But what if the president doesn’t feel like punishing the state at the behest of a federal judge? I don’t know the answers, but it’s somewhat interesting to think about.

    Of course, when our little experiment called the Constitution started, the federal government had little to no leverage over states. Today, states are little more than political subdivisions of the federal government.

    Ok, I feel better now. I’ll be back to read more about homeschooling!