- The Foundation for Moral Law, a Montgomery-based legal organization founded by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, said that it has sent a letter in defense of Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper against .
Kayla Moore, president of the Foundation for Moral Law and wife of Chief Justice Moore, sent a letter on Roper's behalf saying that Chief Roper, like other Alabama public officials, took an oath before God to defend the U.S. Constitution and the Alabama Constitution, and he is free to acknowledge God in his dealings with his officers.
In a letter dated April 4, Mrs. Moore sent a letter that concluded: "Members of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, please cease and desist your harassment of Chief Roper immediately. Your efforts to prevent him from acknowledging God and invoke His guidance and protection will not dissuade Chief Roper. His task of providing protection for the citizens of his city and caring for the men and women of his department carries a heavy weight in and of itself. If you wish to make his job harder in efforts to fulfill your own personal goal of eradicating God from society, it is your right, but please do not misuse the Constitution of our great nation to accomplish your goal."
John Eidsmoe, senior counsel for the Foundation for Moral Law, said today the letter was sent with the approval of Roper's office.
"We have been in contact with Chief Roper and his office," Eidsmoe said. "They seem to appreciate our support."
Eidsmoe said that the Foundation for Moral Law has offered to represent Roper. "If this ever were to come to a lawsuit, we would like to represent him," Eidsmoe said.
"There is no legal case right now. They sent a warning letter."
Moore's foundation then drafted a letter of a response.
"We have done so in conjunction with Chief Roper," Eidsmoe said. "His office read it and approved it."
Chief Justice Moore, who gained fame in Alabama as "The Ten Commandments Judge" for proudly displaying biblical plaques on the wall of his Etowah County courtroom in defiance of the ACLU, no longer has an active role in the Foundation for Moral Law.
"He is the founder and president emeritus," Eidsmoe said. "He and his wife Kayla's thinking are very much in line."Kayla Moore has been president of the Foundation for Moral Law since January 2013. (Foundation for Moral Law)
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Under Alabama law all of the potential damages collected in a wrongful death action legally pass to David Fancher s next of kin, the Foundation says. The next of kin is David s only surviving parent, his 75 year old mother, Pat Fancher, the said. On December 16, 2013 Dr. Paul Hard filed in the federal district court of Montgomery, Alabama requesting the court prevent Ms. Fancher from receiving the funds that will stem from the wrongful death action. Dr. Hard claims that he is entitled to well over half of the funds because of his Massachusetts marriage to David that occurred less than three months before David s death.
"Since his marriage is not valid in Alabama, he is not entitled to collect any damages," Eidsmoe said. "He is insisting that the law is invalid."