WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two clergy leaders want to rally hundreds of Christians to kneel around the Ten Commandments monument on display in a Montgomery, Ala., courthouse -- an act of civil disobedience they've tried outside abortion clinics.
Leaders of the National Clergy Council and Christian Defense Coalition unveiled the plans Wednesday at a news conference in front of the Supreme Court, which they noted has a depiction of Moses and the Ten Commandments in its courtroom.
Roy Moore, chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court, has lost court fights over the 5,300-pound monument he placed in the Montgomery courthouse, but the monument is staying put while he appeals.
Earlier this month, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied Moore's petition to keep the Commandments on display. He can ask that court to reconsider, or take his appeal to the Supreme Court. The high court has refused to hear several previous cases challenging the display of the Ten Commandments in public areas.
Should Moore fail in his legal efforts, the leaders are asking supporters to go to Montgomery and kneel in front of the monument en masse.
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