Admittedly, I have a hard time rooting against anyone who brandishes a loaded weapon at a campaign rally. That’s gold. However, Judge Roy Moore, who is running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, is one person with whom I disagree on almost everything. Mainly because he does not seem to understand anything in the Constitution other than the Second Amendment.
Judge Roy Moore is a devout Christian. And while this is perfectly acceptable in everyday life, it becomes unacceptable when he uses this worldview as the lens through which he sees every issue in America. He even went so far as to say that the general sentiment in America was that “Christianity ought to be favored by the state.” Not only is his premise way off base, as the Constitution make no reference to God or even a supreme being, but the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause disallows the government from both establishing churches or favoring one religious sect over another by its very definition. The personal statements of the founders on this issue are irrelevant, as only the Constitution holds any lawful basis for American governance.
That didn’t seem to matter to Judge Moore, however, as he stated “in the midst of a war with Islamic terrorists we should not place someone in a position of great power that shares their doctrine,” in reference to Muslim Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, who asked to be sworn in using the Quran rather than the Bible. So, clearly, his knowledge of and willingness to uphold the true values of the Constitution are weak at best. If you cannot understand and comply with the First Amendment, I don’t actually care whether you can uphold the second. Gone is any authority or decency you had in the first place.
Conservatism and the Republican Party state that their belief is that government should be smaller, a sentiment with which I fully agree. I only wish Republicans actually believed in that. Roy Moore is no exception to the fraudulence peddled by some members of the GOP. Moore doesn’t believe in smaller government. In fact, he believes that the federal government has a right to legislate what you do with another consenting adult in the privacy of your own bedroom. In 2005, Moore stated in a CSPAN2 interview that he believes homosexual conduct “should be illegal.” Something about a government telling someone what they can and can’t do consentingly in the privacy of their own home feels large to me. Although I believe it to be completely off-base, I can at least marginally understand an argument against gay marriage, but to outlaw homosexual conduct is absolutely ridiculous and those thought processes ought to have no place in Congress.
I never do this activism stuff, but I’m calling on Republicans in Alabama not elect this man. He is the exact type of religious zealot that many Republicans would immediately denounce if he were Muslim. It’s all well and good to stand up for your beliefs and principles, I admire that, but when your ideology is in direct conflict with our Constitution, namely our First Amendment, the people of Alabama have a duty to disallow that person from office. Please spare us the religious zealotry of Roy Moore in Congress, America and the GOP will be far better off without it.