Looks like Roy’s Rock will have to stay in the closet for the foreseeable future:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a long-disputed bid by Alabama’s top judge to display a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments at the state judicial building.
Without comment, the high court refused to hear two appeals by Judge Roy Moore, who was suspended after refusing to comply with a federal judge’s order in August to remove the granite monument because it violated constitutional church-state separation.
Moore, who has strong support from fundamentalist Christian groups for his championing of public displays of the Ten Commandments, vowed on Monday to continue his struggle in the court of public opinion.
“The United States Supreme Court may turn a deafening ear to the people of Alabama, but they will not be able to avoid the thundering roar that’s going to be heard across this country,” Moore said in a news conference outside Montgomery.
Moore’s supporters also pledged to place the issue on the national agenda.
“The wildfires of California may have just died down, but the Ten Commandments fire will now sweep and engulf this nation,” the Christian Coalition of Alabama said in a statement after the Supreme Court decision.
I would’ve been surprised if the Supreme Court had bothered to take on the case as they’ve been pretty clear about this sort of violation in the past so there’s little question about their feelings on the issue. Also not surprising is the Religious Right’s promise to try and make an issue of it. Hopefully this will convince some of the other cities and states that have been slapping up TC monuments that it would be in their best interests to quit before they find themselves in court as well.