Roy Moore Allies Seek Greater Voice in Ala. GOP Politics

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An organization formed by supporters of ousted Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is seeking to take over the state's Republican Party.

The League of Christian Voters, formed by Montgomery attorney Jim Zeigler, has endorsed a slate of candidates in the hope of winning a majority of the 48 Alabama delegate seats to the Republican National Convention.

Zeigler's group announced its endorsement of the potential delegates in March. According to an Associated Press report, the League "is endorsing candidates who it believes will support a suggested plank to the Republican platform.

That plank would endorse proposed federal legislation to prohibit federal judges from hearing cases involving acknowledgements of God."

The group endorsed 25 delegate candidates who agreed to back the platform plank.

"This is an attempt to put the Republican Party nationally in favor of that proposal," Zeigler told the Associated Press.

In February, the group sparked controversy when it announced it would screen candidates for state judge positions. Zeigler said the organization would use a 10-point questionnaire asking for details about each potential judge's religious beliefs. Among the questions are: "Are you a born-again Christian? Please give your testimony," "In what church or other Christian ministries are you active? What are your areas of service in each?" and "Would you describe yourself as a conservative Christian? What actions have you taken on conservative issues?"

Through a spokeswoman, Moore said he is not involved in the movement, but he endorsed the idea of removing the federal court's ability to hear challenges to government-sponsored Ten Commandments displays.

Moore spent years battling the federal courts to keep his display of the Decalogue inside the rotunda of the Montgomery Judicial Building. The 11th U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruled that his display of the Commandments monument violated separation of church and state. Moore then refused to abide a federal court order to remove the monument, which cost him his job. …