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I was in the court room the first day of the trial, after standing "on the steps" with about 20 atheists before the trial. The protest was fairly subdued. Mostly we just stood there with our signs. There weren't any other groups demonstrating, and there is not any traffic on the road in front of the courthouse, so overall it felt a little lonely. We got some decent coverage on Alabama Public Television, and some of the local stations had some footage of us, but not what we were hoping.

Around here we refer to the 10 commandments monument as Judge Moore's Holy "Rock". One of the best signs that someone had make said:

"Judge Moore need to [at the top in small letters]


State property" [small letters]

One of the people that sat in on the trial with me wrote the following excerpt:

Still, during opening remarks, the defendant's lawyer (DL) made the statement that the monument was put there to remind the citizens that "god's law is meant to be a check on the state's law." I had the weirdest feeling that I was the only one who picked up on the significance of that statement, but the judge beat me to it! He asked the DL if it was the defendant's position that god's law was meant to overrule the state of of course the DL hemmed and hawed, trying to back track, to stick with the theme of "the rock is there to show the moral foundation of law." The DL didn't want to answer the judge...even when the judge said "it's a yes or no question." Judges HATE not to be answered.

Then the DL went on to say something about the monument representing everyone, to be inclusive, but the judge then asked if Moore would allow others to place monuments to their beliefs....EVERYONE caught the significance of that one. The DL eventually said "yes" to the question, after much back tracking....go figure. The funniest part up to that point was when the DL said he couldn't speak for Moore (hellooooo, that's what lawyers do in court, duh)

I wish I had time to give a more complete update of the day. I'll try to write a post describing my conversation with Michael Newdow at some point. He is a VERY smart guy, wow.
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