Roy Moore was Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court from 2001 until 2003, the year he was forced out for refusing to move a Ten Commandments monument he erected outside the courthouse. He has since become a holy rolling Republican activist, often touring the Bible belt with his controversial commandments in tow. He has also launched two failed gubernatorial bids and penned some severely anti-Obama, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-etc essays for the right wing birther website WorldNetDaily.
Here is taste of Moore’s various rants.
From “Homosexuals not so ‘gay’ in California,” a rumination on the ban on gay marriage there:
While we must never adopt the unlawful and hateful tactics of radical homosexuals, Christians must continue to oppose their immoral agenda in our schools, courts and political establishments. We must pray for those who like the people of Sodom are still blinded by their sins. Finally, pray for our country and a return to the moral foundation that made us a great nation.
From “Miss California is Right,” about anti-gay beauty queen Carrie Prejean’s 2009 war with Perez Hilton:
Perez Hilton’s venomous response to Miss California’s statement has really done us a favor: It has shown us that liberals and homosexual activists will not rest until America accepts their redefinition of marriage as the next step in our cultural “evolution.” It has also emphasized their harbored belief that any who refuse to toe that politically correct line deserve hatred, discrimination and perhaps prison.
From “Obama’s attack on our Christian heritage,” which concerns the president’s outreach to Muslim nations:
Obama’s responsibility as president is not to “fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear,” but rather to defend our Christian faith and the Christian religion upon which rests the future happiness and prosperity of our country.
Now Moore’s in the running for his old job: 51% of Republican primary voters in Alabama decided he was the best candidate for their party, so now Moore will compete with Democrat Harry Lyon next November. Moore rode a horse to his victory speech.
Alex Koppelman at The New Yorker describes Roy Moore as “a walking, talking argument against judicial elections.” Quite. The heads of court should not be influenced by political or religious leanings, nor should they use the bench to instill their own ideologies, two things Moore seems prepared to do.
While Moore promised to leave his beloved Ten Commandments out of his campaign, he’s committed to drawing on his Christian faith: “I would not return the Ten Commandments because it would be more about me or a monument about me… It would be detrimental to the true issue. The true issue is whether we can acknowledge the sovereignty of almighty God over the affairs of our state and our law. That I will not back down from.”