Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore told a fundamentalist Christian group this weekend that “America is under attack,” and he praised the assembled activists from Operation Save America.
“You know, some told me, ‘you know they’re a radical group.'” Moore said in a half-hour address Saturday. “I said yeah. They are radical for God.”
Moore’s half-hour address Saturday comes amid his continuing criticism of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states. AL.com reported that Operation Save America members are spending several days in Alabama to protest against abortion and homosexuality.
According to its website, the Texas-based group believes “our government has been in overt rebellion against the Law of Almighty God since January 22, 1973,” date of the Supreme Court‘s Roe v. Wade decision that women have a constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.
Moore spent much of his time at the podium, according to AL.com, reciting his oft-repeated arguments that the United States was founded as a Judeo-Christian nation and that the country has since veered from God’s will.
“I’m sorry but this country was not founded on Muhammad. It was not founded on Buddha. It was not founded on secular humanism. It was founded on God,” Moore said, drawing thunderous applause.
At another point, he said, “Indeed, I think the United States Supreme Court has forgotten what this country is about because if they hadn’t they would not be trying to create rights that are not in the Constitution.”
Moore has not explicitly called for ignoring the court’s ruling, and nearly all Alabama counties have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples.
Before he took the stage, the group’s leader, Rusty Lee Thomas, prayed for Moore as members of the audience surrounded the chief justice and laid their hands upon in a ritual common among some Christian denominations. Thomas asked God’s protection as Moore fights the “murder” of abortion and the “federal beast” responsible for legalizing same-sex marriage.
As Moore took the stage, another man at the gathering blew a ram’s horn. In the Old Testament, the sounding of a ram’s horn or trumpet was used to announce God’s coming or call followers to action.
Moore concluded his remarks with a poem he penned himself:
“One Nation under God” was their cry and declaration,
Upon the law of Nature’s God they built a mighty Nation.
For unlike mankind before them who had walked this earthen sod,
These men would never question the Sovereignty of God.
That all men were “created” was a truth “self-evident,”
To secure the rights God gave us was the role of government.
And if any form of government became destructive of this end,
It was their right, indeed their duty, a new one to begin.
So with a firm reliance on Divine Providence for protection,
They pledged their sacred honor and sought His wise direction.
They lifted up an appeal to God for all the world to see,
And vowed their independence forever to be free.
I’m glad they’re not here with us to see the mess we’re in,
How we’ve given up our righteousness for a life of indulgent sin.
For when abortion isn’t murder and sodomy is deemed a right,
Then evil is now called good and darkness is now called light.
While truth and law were founded on the God of all creation,
Man now, through law, denies the truth and calls it “separation.”
No longer does man see a need for God when he’s in full control,
For the only truth self-evident is in the latest poll.
But with man as his own master we fail to count the cost,
Our precious freedoms vanish and our liberty is lost.
Children are told they can’t pray in school and they teach them evolution,
When will they see the fear of God is the only true solution?
Our schools have become a battleground while all across the land,
Christians shrug their shoulders afraid to take a stand.
And from the grave their voices cry, the victory has already been won.
Just glorify the Father as did His only Son.
And when your work on earth is done, and you’ve traveled where we’ve trod,
You’ll leave the land we left to you, One Nation Under God!”
Republished with permission of The Associated Press.