Another day of changing events at the Alabama Judicial Building. Barricades were moved into the area as supporters continue to gather in support of Judge Roy Moore and the Ten Commandments monument.
Building Superintendent Graham George says he is concerned about the glass in the building because it "goes up two stories and it's suspended. That glass is scaring us." George says people have been shaking the glass doors and he doesn't want to take any chances. Monument supporters agreed to cooperate with the building manager after being assured the monument was not going to be moved.
Later in the afternoon supporters heard from Justice Roy Moore.
Invoking the name of Patrick Henry, Judge Roy Moore told gathered supporters Monday that Christians are being offended by the actions of many of Alabama's elected officials. (Listen to the Audio)
To shouts of hallelujah, Moore said, "We should be offended when the elected representatives of this state, the governor, attorney general, and the justices of this court fail to acknowledge God as the basis of our justice system, simply because one federal judge says we can't."
Moore also said that "Christians are offended at many things in today's society - abortion, sodomy in our streets, kids getting killed in school."
Moore said the issue was simply the ability of the state to "acknowledge God." "We're offended at many things . We've allowed the acknowledgement of God to be taken from us because three lawyers walked into this building and were offended at looking at God's word."
John Giles of the Christian Coalition of Alabama said Moore was being attacked. "The treatment that has been given to the chief justice is less than professional and condescending. There are all the earmarkings of a coup and this coup must stop now." Giles said the suspended chief justice was not allowed access to his office or his staff. However, acting Chief Justice Gorman Houston says that is simply not true.
Moore said Houston and the other associate justices of the Alabama Supreme Court were "reduced to placing a shroud around God's word to hide God's word."
"I stand before the Court of the Judiciary ... because I've done my oath. I've kept my oath. I have acknowledged God as the moral foundation of our law. That is my duty," proclaimed the justice.
Elsewhere in the state, a lawsuit was filed in Mobile asking federal Judge William Steele to block the removal of the monument. Steele says there will be a hearing on Wednesday.
A Mobile woman and a Tallassee pastor filed the suit claiming to remove the monument violated the first and fourteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
The complaint states, "The plaintiffs believe that any attempt to remove the Ten Commandments monument is an affront to their religious freedom and an attack on their Christian beliefs."
updated August 25, 6:10 p.m.Justice Moore Says Fight Goes OnMore>>
Chief Justice Roy Moore has been temporarily suspended with pay and removed as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Prayers for mercy could not persuade the commission not to forward the complaint to the Court of the Judiciary.
* Listen to EXCLUSIVE interviews. * Text of Charges and link to ruling.More >>