In apparent homage to former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a rural state judge has started donning a robe embroidered with the Ten Commandments in the courtroom.
Covington County Presiding Circuit Court Judge Ashley McKathan began wearing his Commandments robe to court in early December. He told reporters that he paid for the robe to be embroidered with his own funds.
According to Religion News Service, McKathan said, "Truth is an absolute value, and you can't divorce the law from the truth. I feel we must resist the modern attempts to discount the truth."
A local attorney appearing before McKathan filed an objection, saying the robe had "created a great distraction in the courtroom with media present and cameras.
"And when the judge wears his personal views on his chest, does that influence the jury'?" the attorney asked.
Moore, who lost a long-running legal battle in the federal courts to keep an enormous granite Commandments monument housed in the...