Governor's Statement on Ten Commandments Monument

"I have a deep and abiding belief that there is nothing wrong or unconstitutional about the public display of the Ten Commandments and disagree with the court's mandate to remove them. The fact that the Ten Commandments are chiseled into the wall of the U.S. Supreme Court, yet, according to this ruling, cannot be displayed in the Alabama Supreme Court is a direct constitutional contradiction.

It is a sad commentary on the current culture when the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed in public and, at the same time, my cabinet and I have been criticized for gathering in my office and holding voluntary Bible study before work hours. Holding Bible studies and reflecting upon the very foundation of our moral traditions should be encouraged in today's society, not discouraged.

I have talked with Attorney General Bill Pryor and he shares my determination to pursue every course of legal action to protect the First Amendment rights of all Alabamians, including Chief Justice Moore, while, at the same time, ensuring that the rule of law prevails.

Chief Justice Moore is filing extraordinary petitions with the U.S. Supreme Court. This is the right way to challenge Judge Thompson's ruling. I call on the Court to act quickly to consider these filings."

Press Release from the Governor of the State of Alabama