Original story via email from Joe Maus
David Sadler For Congress (2002) 12th CD/Illinois

----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Maus
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2003
Subject: It's not about the 10 Commandments...

It's not about the 10 Commandments...
Joe Maus [jmaus@spdba.com]
August 22, 2003

Dear Editor:

I keep reading about how there is this massive fight to keep the 10 Commandments in an Alabama courthouse.

The placement of the monument is cursory to the issues behind the monument.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has crafted the legal equivalent of the 'perfect storm' in regards to the 'separation of church and state' doctrine. This has the high courts scared, to rule against the Chief Justice establishes, once and for all, that atheism is the official Federal religion and all States will be forced to practice it.

Recall that atheism is belief that there is no God - and indeed this is what the Federal Courts have been forcing down state's throats for some time now. To reverse themselves, as required by the examination of the challenge put forth so simply by Chief Justice Moore, is apparently unthinkable.

Why are they required to reverse themselves? It is simple really.

First, to require, by Federal Court Order, that Chief Justice Moore remove the 10 Commandments monument is clearly unconstitutional on its face as the First Amendment to the Constitution is quite clear that the "CONGRESS shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

Further, Amendment 10 to the Constitution CLEARLY specifies that those 'powers not delegated to the United Sates by the Constitution, not prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.' Thus the power to REQUIRE a STATE (or the PEOPLE) to either establish a religion or prohibit the 'free exercise' of any religion by a Federal Court is clearly extra-Constitutional! That is, the Federal Bench has no basis, and has NEVER HAD a basis to rule on this at the State level AT ALL.

If Chief Justice Moore's challenge to this monumental power grab is left unresolved then our acceleration to becoming a fascist state will increase. If the First and Tenth Amendments are added to the other casualties, those being the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments (see Patriot Act, et al) then it is only a matter of time before all of the others fall too - except, perhaps the Sixteenth Amendment, which I'm sure will forever exist.

As Justice Moore so eloquently states:

'...Have we become so ignorant of our nation's history that we have forgotten the reason for the adoption of the Bill of Rights? It was meant to restrict the federal government's power over the states, not to restrict the states from doing what the federal government can do...'

Joe Maus