Saturday, October 16, 2004

Keyes' buddy Roy Moore is still up to no good...

Remember Roy Moore, the Alabama Supreme Court justice that first installed the Ten Commandments outside the Alabama Supreme Court, then fought it's removal? And then he and Alan Keyes went around doing Ten Commandments rallies. Well, now he's fighting removing segregationist language from the Alabama Constitution.
But the amendment ballot has opponents, including former Chief Justice Roy Moore, who is suspicious of a possible hidden agenda: a huge tax increase. "This is the most deceptive piece of legislation I have ever seen, and it is simply a fraud on the people of Alabama," said Mr. Moore, best known for his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building.
What kind of language are the people Alabama voting on?:
Amendment 2 is a measure to remove three pieces of language from Alabama's 1901 Constitution: a requirement for separate schools for "white and colored children," a requirement for a poll tax, and language that specifies that publicly funded education is not a right of citizenship.
It's the last line that Moore has a problem arguing that "removing language specifying that public education is not a right would open the door for the Legislature to enact a massive tax increase for schools." More progressive Republicans are arguing for the change:
Republican Gov. Bob Riley and others concerned about the state's image are urging voters to approve a constitutional amendment on Nov. 2 to strike the long-unenforceable language from the state constitution. They say such laws are a painful reminder of the South's divisive past, and make Alabama look bad when it comes to attracting new businesses.