Governor Bob Riley issued the following statement concerning the rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court on the display of the Ten Commandments:
"Like most Alabamians, I continue to be disappointed and concerned by judicial action to remove references to God and faith from public arenas. For most of the life of America, the Ten Commandments were accepted as a document containing moral, ethical and legal principles that any person of any religion, or even no religion, could recognize and appreciate. They played an essential role in the development of our civilization.
Today, we've come to a point where public displays of the Ten Commandments are almost forbidden and expressions of faith are virtually banned at public events. Even the phrase 'under God' in our Pledge of Allegiance is under attack.
I disagree with the court's ruling today because I don't believe the placement of the Ten Commandments in a public building is an endorsement of religion. I have consistently taken the position of supporting the public display of the Ten Commandments. As Governor, I will continue to do so.
Today's 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court also shows how important it is to have more conservatives on the court."