According to "The Los Angeles Times," Roy Moore -- the state's chief justice -- and a couple of workmen sneaked a 5,280-pound granite monument of God's laws into the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court in Montgomery in the wee hours Tuesday.
"I'm the highest legal authority in the state, and I wanted it there," Moore said. "Doesn't it look great?" Referred to by the "Times" as "hard to miss," the 4-by-4-foot chunk of rock rises up from the lobby floor "like a mini-tomb," and is inscribed with the biblical commandments and etched with wise words from the nation's Founding Fathers, all referencing God.
Moore paid for it with "private contributions," and he didn't tell any of the eight other justices.
Expectedly, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said it may sue on the basis of the monument's constitutionality. "Moore's basically taken a state building, established his version of religion and said if you don't like it, tough," said ACLU spokesman Joel Sogol, the newspaper reported. "Besides that being illegal, what could a public official do that's more divisive?"