10 Commandments -- 10 questions
A Christian activist group wants to ask candidates for the Alabama Supreme Court where they attend church, what actions they have taken on anti-abortion issues and whether marriage should be defined as being between a man and a woman.
The League of Christian Voters - hoping to capitalize on momentum seized during last summer's protests of a Ten Commandments monument's removal from the state judicial building - has proposed the 10-question list for the three seats up for election this fall.
"You've got ten commandments, you've got ten questions," said Jim Zeigler, a Mobile attorney and chairman of the league, a political action committee.
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June 2002 gave judicial candidates greater leeway to talk about issues such as abortion and school prayer while campaigning. But Zeigler said it's unclear whether his group's questionnaire is permissible, and he has asked the state Judicial Inquiry Commission for an opinion.
Lest you think the AP has mischaracterized the League, check out its website.
UPDATE: Here are the 10 questions (and as Dave Barry says, "I'm not making this up."):
1. Are you a born-again Christian? Please give your testimony.
2. In what church or other Christian ministries are you active? What are your areas of service in each?
3. Please describe your family situation.
4. What actions did you take about the display of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Judicial Building?
5. What actions did you take regarding the removal of Chief Justice Roy Moore?
6. If the special Supreme Court affirms the Court of the Judiciary's decision to remove Roy Moore as chief justice, will you support efforts to get Gov. Bob Riley to appoint Roy Moore as chief justice? Why or why not? What will you actually do either way?
7. What actions have you personally taken on the issue of pro-life?
8. Do you believe marriage should be defined as a union between one man and one woman? Please discuss. Have you actually done anything on this issue?
9. Would you describe yourself as a conservative Christian? What actions have you taken on conservative issues?
10. If you are endorsed by the League of Christian Voters, are you willing to have your campaign organization (not you personally) distribute hundreds of marked sample ballots with all the league's endorsed candidates marked, including yourself? If so, how many such fliers would your organization be able to distribute?
The questionnaire also asks for candidates' party affiliation, campaign contact information and present employment.