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Roy Moore plans to 'Return Alabama to the people'

“But I’ll tell you what I will do. I will defend the right of every citizen of this state – including judges, coaches, teachers, city, county and state officials – to acknowledge God as the sovereign source of law, liberty and government.”

— Roy “Ten Commandments” Moore, kicking off his run for governor of Alabama

Wifey and native Alabamian Kate just sighed as she heard the news. The bible-beating parade in “Heart of Dixie” continues as Roy got the phone call from God that he was waiting for to tell him to throw his hat in the ring. Things in the Cotton State won’t ever be the same. Boy, that’s going to be a fun race.

Roy Moore, who became a hero to the religious right after being ousted as Alabama’s chief justice for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the courthouse, announced Monday that he is running for governor in 2006.

Moore’s candidacy could set up a showdown with Gov. Bob Riley, a fellow Republican, and turn the Ten Commandments dispute into a central campaign issue in this Bible Belt state. Two Democrats, Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley and former Gov. Don Siegelman, are already running. The Republican and Democratic primaries are June 6.

Fun Roy fact: While Alabama’s highest judicial officer he declared homosexuality “abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature.” Gay sex, he wrote, is “an act so heinous that it defies one’s ability to describe it,” an “inherent evil” that “should never be tolerated.” And if homo-bamians continued to insist on fornicating? The state might have to use force, Moore wrote, wielding a biblical “power of the sword” to root out this evil once and for all.

Moore, 58, said that if elected, he has no plans to relocate the Ten Commandments monument from its new home at a church in Gadsden. In 2000, Alabama voters elected Moore as chief justice of the state Supreme Court, and the next summer he had a 5,300-pound granite monument of the Ten Commandments installed in the rotunda of the state judicial building. A federal judge ordered Moore to remove it as an unconstitutional endorsement of religion, but Moore refused.

His fellow justices had the monument moved to a storage site out of public view. And in November 2003, a state judicial court kicked Moore out of office for defying the federal court. Moore took appeals all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and lost at every level.

Since then, he has traveled the country, speaking to church and conservative groups and promoting his book about the controversy, “So Help Me God.”

To those who have criticized him as a one-issue candidate, Moore said Monday that his main issue is summed up by his campaign theme: “Return Alabama to the people.”

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Thanks to Blenders Holly and Oddjob for the pointers.

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