"For God and County"
By Dr. William J. Cook

For God and Country

  • August 1, 2000. Chief Justice Roy Moore, unveiled a 5,280 pound granite monument in the large colonnade rotunda of the Alabama State Judicial building. Predictable, a lawsuit followed. On November 18, 2002, Judge Myron H. Thompson, United State District Judge, handed down an opinion holding that the monument violated both the first and fourteenth amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

    Immediately, what had been a quite but scolding public controversy erupted into a firestorm of vituperation from the so-called “religious right.” As it turned out there was a great deal of sound and fury, but not much of real significance .But the episode did serve as an impetus to examine once again the age-old question of the relationship between church and state.

    This essay is one man’s answer.