|Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court (second term)|
From: January 15, 2013 – April 26, 2017
|Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court (first term)|
From: January 15, 2001 – November 13, 2003
|Predecessor||Perry O. Hooper, Sr.|
|Successor||J. Gorman Houston, Jr.|
|Former Circuit Judge of the Sixteenth Alabama Circuit|
From: 1992 – 2000
Roy Stewart Moore (born February 11, 1947) is a conservative candidate for U.S. Senate from Alabama, where the primary is being held on August 15, 2017. He also served as the elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, having served two nonconsecutive terms on that court. Prior to that, he served as a circuit judge and as an attorney.
Moore is a Christian and a conservative, best known for refusing to comply with the secular agenda of federal judicial supremacy in regards to the display of the Ten Commandments on public ground and the issuing of "marriage licenses" to homosexual couples and instead choosing to stand by Alabama state law on the matters, acts which caused him to be improperly suspended from his position twice.
Early life and education
Moore was born in 1947 in Gadsden, Alabama. He graduated from West Point in 1969. Moore served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a military police company commander, and after his service finished he earned a Juris Doctor from University of Alabama School of Law in 1977.
Moore served as Deputy District Attorney in Etowah County, Alabama from 1977 to 1982. In 1984 he took up a private law practice, but in 1992 he "became a judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama and served until" 2000, when he was elected to the Alabama Supreme Court.
Supreme Court of Alabama
On August 1, 2001, Moore installed a 5,280-pound monument of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama judicial building. His action caused an uproar, particularly among liberals, who claimed the monument violated the separation of church and state, and in October three attorneys supported by the leftist organizations SPLC, ACLU, and AUSCS sued Moore.
On November 18, 2002, a U.S. district judge ruled against Moore, and later the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta also ruled against him. Moore rejected the orders to remove the monument, and was suspended and eventually removed from office on November 13, 2003. Moore unsuccessfully appealed his removal to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004.
Moore presided as Chief Justice the same time as homosexual "marriage" was being "legalized" across the nation via judicial fiat and corruption. A federal judge had illegally ruled Alabama's gay marriage ban "unconstitutional", and its "legalization" was set to take effect on February 9, 2015. The day before, Moore ordered the state's probate judges and their employees to continue to enforce Alabama law, disregarding the court ruling. After the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, on January 6, 2016, Moore ordered the probate courts to stop issuing same-sex "marriage licenses".
On May 7, 2016, Moore was illegally suspended from the bench by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission for continuing to uphold Alabama law—which, despite the illegal claims otherwise by the five liberal judges of the United States Supreme Court, outlaws same-sex "marriage" and is still in effect. His suspension was based upon the filing of frivolous complaints filed by leftist hate group and terrorism-enabler the Southern Poverty Law Center and a number of other homosexual agenda-supporting groups and individuals who support the illegal imposition of same-sex "marriage" by the US Supreme Court—via the unconstitutional Obergefell v. Hodges ruling in 2015—and other corrupt federal judges. Supporters of same-sex "marriage" and the illegal suspension of Moore have taken to making childish and immature attacks and false allegations against Moore and his character at the Facebook pages of both the SPLC and the fellow leftist "Human Rights" Campaign in response.
On September 30, 2016, Alabama's Court of the Judiciary, which also chose to ignore Alabama law like the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission before it, illegally acted to suspend Moore for the remainder of his term, which ends in 2019, without pay. Moore appealed the suspension on October 4, and his lawyer noted that one month prior, the COJ suspended a probate judge merely six months for sexting.
Attempts by conservative media outlets to get an explanation from J. Michael Joiner, a criminal appeals judge and the head of the Court of the Judiciary panel that imposed the illegal suspension on Moore, were ignored by Joiner's office, clearly indicating that Joiner knew what he and the panel had done was wrong. Liberty Counsel, which represents Moore in the legal proceedings over the suspension case, have accused the COJ of bias, abuse of political power and breaking the law for their actions against Moore, adding that the SPLC's attack on Moore which led to his illegal suspension was politically motivated (an accusation also leveled against the Judicial Inquiry Commission), based on nothing more than Moore's position on marriage.
Moore resigned from his second term as Chief Justice on April 26, 2017, in order to run for U.S. Senate.
Moore unsuccessfully ran for Alabama Governor in 2006 and 2010, and he considered running for U.S. president in the 2012 election. Moore served as the president of the Foundation for Moral Law from 2004 until 2013, and since 2013, he has served as President Emeritus of the foundation. Moore also has ties with the paleoconservative Constitution Party, and CP activists have attempted to recruit Moore to run for president under their party in 2004, 2008, and 2012.
In April 2017, Moore announced he would run for U.S. Senate in a special election to be held later that year. He ran on the right in the GOP primary. On the eve of the first primary election, Moore was gaining in the polling of republican voters. In the Republican primary held on August 15, 2017, Moore won first place with 39% of the vote and advanced to the runoff against incumbent Senator Luther Strange. President Donald Trump congratulated Moore along with Strange, whom he endorsed.
Moore "worked as a cattle rancher in the Australian outback" in the early 1980s.
Moore is married to his wife Kayla, and together they have four children. Moore is a strong Christian, and he attends First Baptist Church in Gallant, Alabama. Moore has written a book entitled So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom.
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- Moore, Roy S.; John Perry (2005). So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom. Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman and Holman. ISBN 978-0-8054-3263-3.