The Board Church Council of the 1,000-plus members of the First United Methodist Church of Sikeston met on Sept. 8 and unanimously adopted the following resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED, that the First United Methodist Church of Sikeston, Missouri, supports Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's position that the public display of the Ten Commandments and the acknowledgement of God are protected, not prohibited, by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Federal courts that act to remove God and the Ten Commandments from life act outside their authority and are, therefore, judges who must be resisted by citizens and public officials such as Chief Justice Moore. We applaud, endorse and support Chief Justice Moore in his courageous decision to, like the Founders, oppose this kind of abuse of authority. His action is a long overdue interposition of legitimate, lawful authority against officials who issue such rulings.
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the First United Methodist Church of Sikeston, Missouri, believes that the acknowledgement of God is the foundation of America's freedom. If God, who is so clearly acknowledged in the Declaration of Independence, is no longer recognized in American public life, we will have lost sight of the source of our liberty and will, in time, lose our liberties as well.
As members of the First United Methodist Church of Sikeston, Missouri, we strive to live our lives each day in a manner consistently following the Ten Commandments. The First United Methodist Church of Sikeston, Missouri, thanks God for Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for daring, as the motto of Alabama states, to "defend our rights."
First United Methodist Church Sikeston