Friday, August 6, 2004

Follow 10 Commandments to Casey Jones: "A nationally known statue sits atop a rented flat bed truck as it awaits its next move through West Tennessee to make it to Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis by the 8 a.m. Sunday service.

"The controversial Ten Commandments Monument has made its way from Montgomery, Ala., to the Casey Jones Village in Jackson, where it will be on display until 1 p.m. today."

"American Veterans in Domestic Defense are sponsoring the monument's trek across several states to eventually end up in Washington, D.C., for the Oct. 22 America for Jesus Rally.

"'We're asking people to rent buses and let God fill them,' Rod McDougal said. McDougal, a Vietnam veteran and chaplain for VFW Post 2111 in San Francisco, said the goal is to get a million people in the National Mall for the rally.

"The monument started making headlines in 2002 when then-Alabama Chief Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore refused to move it from the judicial building in Montgomery. Moore had placed the monument in the building after business hours one night without warning. Moore was later removed from the bench after the State Court of the Judiciary found him in contempt of court.

"'Judge Roy Moore asked me to go to Washington, D.C., with him, and we were standing in the rotunda (at the Alabama state judicial building), and he said, "That monument needs to be in this building with all these beautiful paintings," and I said the veterans are the ones to do it,' AVDD President and Korean War veteran Jim Cabaniss said.

"The veterans group asked Moore if they could take the monument around the country so it could be put on display and taken out of the dark closet where it was stored, Cabaniss said."

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