Broadman & Holman Publishers announces the acquisition of former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore’s So Help Me God!, slated for a March 2005 release.
Moore’s unwavering stand against the removal of the Ten Commandments monument from Alabama’s state Judicial Building rotunda, which resulted in his removal from the highest judicial office in Alabama, received international attention. Moore, who is currently appealing his ouster to the United States Supreme Court, has said that one must acknowledge God to understand both theAlabama and United States Constitutions, a topic he explores in his upcomingBroadman & Holman release.
Kenneth H. Stephens, president of Broadman & Holman, said, “The growing controversy over the issues of religious freedom and freedom of speech, and the specific incident of the ruling to remove the Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama state courthouse, is a topic of concern for all Americans. Chief Justice Moore is uniquely qualified to present the compelling Judeo-Christian views of our founding fathers on the subject, backed by his firsthand experience and vast knowledge of the legal foundations of our country.”
Stephens continues, “It is an honor for me to be associated with the publication of So Help Me God!, by Chief Justice Roy Moore. As a brilliant jurist,Moore takes on some of the most controversial issues of our day and forces the question, “can the state acknowledge God?” His solid arguments, based firmly on both American history and Constitutional law, will inform both those who agree and those who do not share his views. So Help Me God! will clarify issues for both sides of the debate.
“As a graduate of West Point and a combat veteran, Chief Justice Moore has demonstrated his character as a true patriot and defender of liberty. By taking a stand, at considerable personal cost and sacrifice, on the issue of the state’s acknowledgement of God, he has demonstrated his faith as a devout Christian as well as faithfulness as a public servant to the intent and guarantees of our Constitution,” Stephens said.
On his decision to publish So Help Me God!, Moore said, “It is time that the American people awake to the true meaning of separation of church and state and our unique relationship to God as a Nation. No longer can we afford to sit quietly by while the A.C.L.U. and others take away our right to publicly acknowledge God secured by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
“As the Chief Justice has traveled around the country speaking on this issue,” said Wes Yoder, president of Ambassador Speakers Bureau, literary representation for Moore, “I have been amazed at how many people do not know the real story of his case. The book and the Chief Justice’s public forums will help Americans understand the changes needed in our country. So Help Me God! willbe an important contribution to the public discourse.”
Broadman & Holman plans a national publicity campaign in conjunction with the March book release. The publisher has successfully published New York Times bestsellers Payne Stewart: The Authorized Biography, along with the novels Mission Compromised and The Jericho Sanction by Oliver North. This fall B&H releases an autobiography of action-adventure movie and television actor Chuck Norris, Against All Odds: My Story, written with Ken Abraham and Twice Adopted by Michael Reagan, son of late President Ronald Reagan.