ADL Applauds Federal Court Ruling on Ten Commandments Monument in Alabama
Atlanta, November 18, 2002: The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) applauded the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama ruling today that the presence of a Ten Commandments monument in the rotunda of the Alabama State Judicial Building violates the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson gave Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who had had the 5,300-pound granite monument installed in the state building, 30 days to remove it.
The ADL had signed on to the amicus curiae brief filed by over 40 multi-faith Alabama clergy, the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, The Interfaith Alliance and the Interfaith Alliance of Alabama. "We are gratified that the federal court agreed with our position that true religious liberty means freedom from having the government impose religion on its citizens," commented Deborah Lauter, Southeast Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League.
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