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AL Chief Justice under fire for comments on religion in politics

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (Source: Youtube) Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (Source: Youtube)
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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is under fire again, this time because of comments he made at a luncheon in Mississippi earlier this year.

Moore was addressing the group in Jackson when he went into a long aside about the role of religion in politics.

He said his stand over the Ten Commandments was a ploy to get the U.S. Supreme Court to define the word "religion," when it comes to the First Amendment.

He then said he believes the First Amendment only applies to Christians, based on the way previous court cases have played out.

Moore became known as "Alabama's Ten Commandments judge" in 1995 when the ACLU sued him to remove a homemade plaque of the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the state judicial building. The Alabama Supreme Court threw out the suit, but the legal battle helped him win the race for chief justice in 2000.

A state court for judges kicked him out of office three years later when he refused to abide by a federal judge's order to remove the monument.

He won his job back as Chief Justice in 2012.

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