“Echoing the will of his electorate in Alabama makes him a filthy Iranian cleric”
-paraphrase of Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen, praising the purging of dissident Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore
2006: a majority of voters in the state of Alabama adopted a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
years later: Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) files a legal complaint against Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore for allegedly admonishing probate judges to “defy Federal law,” in a letter which the latter testified was merely a Status Update not an official order;
Sept 30 2016, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) suspended Moore for the remainder of his term, effective immediately; Moore will file an appeal, according to his attorney.
responding, SPLC President Richard Cohen said COJ has done the citizens of Alabama, whose will Moore echoed, a great service by suspending Moore for echoing their will, further stating that Moore “disgraced his office and undermined the integrity of the judiciary by putting his personal religious beliefs above his sworn duty to uphold the U.S. Constitution,” adding that Moore was “elected to be a judge, not a preacher,” and that, “the people of Alabama who cherish the rule of law are not going to miss the Ayatollah* of Alabama.”
*in this context, ‘Ayatollah’ is a bigoted reference to the title of Shiite religious leaders in Iran, slurring Moore by conflating him with the scapegoated Iranian culture, about which Cohen’s minions and audiences doubtless know nothing or close to it.
read a fuller story an AL.com, in Alabama:
More Information: Supreme Court & the Constitution
A. US Supreme Court case, obergefell v. hodges 2015 (audio of Oral Arguments, and Opinions, with corresponding transcription); which federally criminalizes certain failure to comply with a homosexual couple’s intent to marry, usurping State Sovereignty by conferring federal power not originally delegated — contravening the 10th amendment to the Constitution
B. 10th amendment:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.