Back in late September I wrote a bit about Judge Roy Moore, whom I consider to be a true religious fanatic. But hey, that’s just me. The people of Alabama gave him a victory over Luther Strange (nice name!) in the Republican primary to fill the Senate seat vacated by the racist Jeff Sessions, now our Attorney General.
Strange had been supported by the Republican establishment and our illustrious President but was defeated by the crazier candidate.
In 2003, Moore was removed as chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court after he erected a 5,200-pound monument of the 10 Commandments inside the state’s judicial building. Lawsuits were filed contending that it represented a government-endorsed display of religion.
Moore later huffed that he was being asked to leave office because he “acknowledged God.”
Moore was re-elected to the bench in 2012, but was suspended again last year after he was found guilty on six charges of violating the canons of judicial ethics. In 2014, he wrote letters to governors of every state asking for their support for a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman. In 2015, he ordered Alabama judges to defy a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling and instead enforce their “ministerial duty” by refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
“We are talking about someone who is truly, truly unhinged,” said Richard Cohen, president of the Montgomery, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center. “He has concocted legal theories to justify his religious goals, but none that makes any sense.”
Welcome to Alabama. For decades Moore has been one of the most sanctimonious moralizers in American politics, a longtime Bible-thumper who crusaded against gays, transgender people, Islam and “sexual perversion.”
Just this year Moore suggested that the 9/11 terror attacks were God’s punishment because “we legitimize sodomy.” He has said that homosexuality is “the same thing” as sex with a cow and should be criminalized, and argued that Representative Keith Ellison should not be allowed to serve in Congress because he is a Muslim. During a campaign rally during the primary he shouted “I believe! In the 2nd Amendment!” pulling a revolver from his pocket and waving it at his fawning mob of right wing “Christians.”
All the while, Moore seems to have been the king of hypocrisy. The Washington Post published a devastating account this week of how he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old schoolgirl. Tsk tsk.
Leigh Corfman at 14
Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.
It was early 1979 and Moore was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. He struck up a conversation, Corfman and her mother say, and offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.
“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”
Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. “Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and panties, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she remembers thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.” Corfman says she asked Moore to take her home, and he did.
Two of Corfman’s childhood friends say she told them at the time that she was seeing an older man, and one says Corfman identified the man as Moore. Wells says her daughter told her about the encounter more than a decade later, as Moore was becoming more prominent as a local judge.”
Three other women who were between 14 and 18 have come forwarded and stated that Moore tried to date them. The other 14 year old met Moore at a shopping mall when he asked her out. Her mother forbid it. He asked her out again when she was 16 and again a wise momma said emphatically “no!”
Yesterday in an article published in the Gadsden Times and Huffington Post it was stated that it was apparently common knowledge around his office at the time that Moore was always trying to date high school girls and hung around at high school football games and the mall. “Everyone thought it was weird.”
Now I would think there are many fathers in Alabama finding out a 30-something man had taken their 14 year old daughter to his home, undressed and fondled her and had her fondle his penis through his Jockey shorts would not hesitate to put a bullet into the perp.
Apparently not the “Christian” followers of Roy Moore.
Now don’t get me wrong. Sanctimonious hypocrites inhabit the left as well as the right: Harvey Weinstein participated in a “women’s march.” But we’re at a watershed moment in the aftermath of the Weinstein case, trying to end impunity for sexual assault, and allegations against our leaders are even more serious than those against our entertainers. And, frankly, it’s just staggering (and hilarious to this non-believer!) to see “family values” conservatives floundering around trying to make excuses for child molestation.
The Alabama state auditor, a Republican named Jim Ziegler, defended Moore as “clean as a hound’s tooth” and offered a bizarre defense of child abuse: He asserted that the Virgin Mary was a teenager when Joseph married her (in fact, the Bible does not indicate her age), adding: “They became parents of Jesus.”
Sigh. “When Christians cite the Bible to defend child molestation, Jesus should sue for defamation.”
Meanwhile, an Alabama Republican legislator, Ed Henry, went even further: He said that the women accusing Moore should be prosecuted for waiting to make their allegations. These are the same blowhards who suggested AIDS was God’s punishment on gay men.
It has always been true that those who blaze with righteous indignation towards the behavior of others do so to keep their own sins in the shadows. “This is probably why Jesus’ biggest problem — by far — was with the self-righteous. When it came to those whom society cast away as ‘sinners,’ Jesus was repeatedly gentle, gracious, encouraging, and forgiving, but he continually castigated the self-righteous.”
It was encouraging to see some establishment Republicans withdraw their endorsement of Moore, cut off his fund raising and tell him to step aside. Kudos to John McCain and George Romney. Others hedged their bets – “If the allegations are true…..”
So either Moore has to admit it or he has to be convicted? Leigh Corfman’s story is a bit too detailed and it is corroborated by her 71 year old mother. Her girlfriends recall her talking about the incidents. Three other women, all teens at the time, also received advances from Moore, including another who was 14 at the time. Those in his office at the time now state that it was common knowledge he was constantly trying to date high school girls.
So you fathers of 14 year old daughters down there in Alabama, next time some 30-something dude tries to hustle your little girl out of her panties and sperms on her hand, you just turn the other cheek and vote for that good Christian Roy Moore.
One can be a devout Christian and not support hypocrites. Before you create a Christian nation you must ensure that the churches are Christian.
Do I hear an “Amen!”