Last week something pretty nifty (and controversial!) happened in Alabama's Supreme Court building: The Federal Supreme Court demanded that an almost three ton stone version of the Ten Commandments (no, not the original ones) be removed from their lobby. It had been placed their in the dark of night some time ago by their Chief Justice, Roy Moore. Chief Justice Moore has been fighting to keep there because he believes that he answers to a higher authority and that the United States is a clearly-defined "Christian Nation". Because this is a flagrant violation of separation of Church and State he was told he had to get rid of it. He refused. Last week the Federal Supreme Court said that they would fine the state of Alabama $5,000/day if they did not remove it. He still defied them feeling that they were a lower court than his own. Yesterday (08/21) the rest of the AL Supreme Court held a closed session (Roy was invited, but he declined to attend) and they voted unanimously to remove the offending religions item. Meanwhile, outside the building hundreds of Roy's bible-thumping supporters (rednecks) were outside threatening to block anyone trying to remove the mini-monument. As a result, the building was closed to the public until after icon of insanity is removed... ...normally, I would say congrats to the rest of the supreme court for standing up to old Roy, but I know that in the past they have supported his closed-minded decisions. They were probably just worried about that $5k/day fine (that adds up to $1,825,000 a year). Still, this puts Alabama a couple steps closer to the 21st Century... -Ferret "...or at least the 20th..."