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AL Chief Justice Roy Moore reflects on Ten Commandments removal decade later

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama's Supreme Court Chief Justice is no stranger to the spotlight. It was ten years ago when controversy cost him his job.

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Chief Justice Roy Moore was forced from the bench after he refused to follow a court order and remove his Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building in Montgomery.

A decade later, Moore is reflecting on the ordeal that caused a national debate about the separation between church and state.

Once again Alabama's chief justice, Moore continues to maintain that putting the Ten Commandments monument on public display was the right thing to do.

Moore won re-election to the state's highest court bench in November 2012 following failed bids for governor and president. 

"You know, when I look back, I was proud to uphold the law, the Constitution of the United States and the First Amendment," Moore said, "which states basically we must acknowledge God to have a moral basis for our society and to retain that freedom of conscience which every person in this state and in this country recognizes is very important."

The final chapter ended with a denied appeal to the United States Supreme Court.

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Judge Moore, to this day, maintains he was right and that the federal court was wrong. He says federal judge Myron Thompson's order to remove the monument even had questionable legality.

"I'm not sworn to an unlawful order of a court," Moore explained, "and we should recognize courts do issue orders, but the Constitution is the supreme law of the land."

Even though Moore has gained back control of the state's court system, he says he has no plans to return the monument to the building.

The 5,280 pound granite monument ultimately found its way to CrossPoint Community Church in Gadsden.

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