Thou Shalt Be Removed

Alabama's Ten Commandments judge is tossed from office. Did he want this all along?

When the court of the Judiciary in Alabama tossed state supreme court Chief Justice Roy Moore out of office last week over his refusal to remove the Ten Commandments from his courthouse, you had to wonder whether his fondest wish had been granted. After all, if his goal were simply to reaffirm the spiritual foundations of the law, he could have done that the way countless other judges and lawmakers have been doing it for decades. Sessions of Congress open with prayer, the Attorney General holds prayer meetings each morning in his office, the Supreme Court routinely asks that "God save...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!