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Bill Pryor, Donald Trump's recommendation to replace Scalia on the Supreme Court, persecuted Judge Roy Moore for the Ten Commandments

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Donald Trump said he would consider nominating Bill Pryor to replace Justice Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump's mention of Pryor indicates that he is clueless on defending the Christian religion. As Attorney General, Bill Pryor prosecuted Judge Roy Moore for the Ten Commandments monument in the Alabama Supreme Court building although the issue was ultimately not about the monument but about acknowledging God.

Pryor: Mr. Chief Justice? And your understanding is that the Federal court ordered that you could not acknowledge God; isn't that right?

Moore: Yes.

Pryor: And if you resume your duties as Chief Justice after this proceeding, you will continue to acknowledge God as you have testified that you would today ---

Moore: That's right.

Pryor: ---no matter what any other official says?

Moore: Absolutely. Without --- let me clarify that. Without an acknowledgment of God, I cannot do my duties. I must acknowledge God. It says so in the Constitution of Alabama. It says so in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It says so in everything I have read. So ---

Pryor: The only point I am trying to clarify, Mr. Chief Justice, is not why, but only that, in fact, if you do resume your duties as Chief Justice, you will continue to do that without regard to what any other official says; isn't that right?

Moore: Well, I'll do the same thing this Court did with starting of prayer; that's an acknowledgment of God. Now, we did the same say thing that justices do when they place their hand on the Bible and say, "So help me God." It's an acknowledgment of God. The Alabama Supreme Court opens with, "God save the State and this Honorable Court." It's an acknowledgment of God. In my opinions, which I have written many opinions, acknowledging God is the source --- a moral source of our law. I think you must.

Read more about Bill Pryor's prosecution of Judge Roy Moore.