The monument of the Ten Commandments that became the center of controversy in 2001 will return to Alabama, this time at the Foundation for Moral Law founded by Roy Moore and his wife Kayla.
Moore, who was chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, installed the monument in 2001 outside the state Supreme Court building, which caused multiple lawsuits. Eventually a court ordered that the monument be removed, and Moore was removed from the bench in 2003 for refusing to do so. He regained the seat in 2013 before being suspended for going against the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.
Moore resigned in 2016 to run for Senate, but his candidacy was marred by accusations of sexual misconduct and he lost to his Democratic opponent. He currently is seeking the Republican nomination for a second run, and the monument now appears on at least one of his campaign billboards, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.
"One of the most important issues affecting our Country is a lack of morality," Moore said during a speech on Tuesday. "The Ten Commandments represent the 'Laws of Nature and of Nature's God,' upon which our Nation began in 1776."
He added, "Why do you think we have political corruption? Why do you think in Iowa they can't even find out who won? Ladies and gentlemen, we have corruption because we've forgotten morality."
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