A campaign is underway to restore the Ten Commandments monument to its rightful place in the Alabama Judicial Building ,following its removal in 2003. With recent acknowledgments of the right to honor God in the public square, proponents are now urging the Alabama Supreme Court to rectify the removal and reinstate the commandments.
Dean Johnson, spokesperson for RestoreTheCommandments.com, expressed gratitude for the U.S. Supreme Court’s recognition of the right to honor God, citing it as the foundation of liberty in the public sphere. The Ten Commandments monument was removed through what is now deemed an unjust and unconstitutional court order.
The campaign is riding momentum of a significant shift in religious liberty, largely unbeknownst to many Americans. In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Kennedy v. Bremerton, upheld Coach Joe Kennedy’s right to pray after football games. The court’s ruling marked the end of the infamous “Lemon Test,” established in 1971’s Lemon v. Kurtzman, which led to the removal of religious symbols such as the Ten Commandments, crosses and nativities across the nation. The recent decision effectively restored the constitutional right to honor God in the public square.
While these legal developments have implications far beyond Alabama, it remains to be seen how the Alabama Supreme Court responds to the call for the reinstallation of the Ten Commandments, a crucial juncture in the ongoing discourse surrounding the intersection of religious freedom and public spaces.