A south Georgia man was among the 21 people who were arrested in Montgomery, Alabama Wednesday night as they protested the removal of a Ten Commandments monument in the state's judicial building.
His wife says she's proud of her husband Jack Quinet who was charged with trespassing, spending only a few hours in jail. Thou shall not kill and thou shall not steal are sparking a big controversy in Montgomery, Alabama. It's not the moral of the words, but where they are. In this case, it's on a Ten Commandments monument in the lobby of the Alabama judicial building. It was placed there by Alabama chief justice Roy Moore who says it's a representation of the basis of American law, but a lawsuit contends it violates the separation of church and state.
So, along with orders to remove the statue, came a group of protesters fighting to protect it. One of them, Jack Quinet of Thomasville.
"They're just eroding away any acknowledgment of God in the open market and that's wrong because that is what our country was founded on," says Peggy Quinet, wife.
Peggy Quinet has been standing by her television set where she watches her husband and dozens of other protesters plea to keep the monument.
"I think it is a wake up call to Christians, It’s a wake up call to say you have a voice and you need to be heard."
And they were heard. Jack Quinet and 20 others were arrested Wednesday night on charges of trespassing. An attorney representing one of the groups that filed suit for the monuments removal says, "Their courageous actions reflect that justice Moore is a disgrace to the bench, and while this controversy continues, so does the faith of folks like Jack Quinet who say they will stand up and fight for their beliefs.
The latest reports suggest chief justice Moore may file a formal appeal to the u.s. supreme court to, in his words, "defend the constitutional right to acknowledge God."