He’s unqualified, Moore or less.
Even before last week’s report from the Washington Post featuring 30 sources identifying him as a pedophile and another woman joined her voice Monday with the other four who say they were sexually targeted, Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore was already a toxic choice for the state that once gave us Coretta Scott King, Hank Aaron and Rosa Parks.
As of now, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court continues to deny the charges against him, saying they are “absolutely false” while also using them to do a little last-minute fundraising with “God-fearing conservatives” who haven’t abandoned him.
However, before this fire-and-brim-storm enveloped the gospel-quoting Southern Baptist, he had already filled a portfolio with publicly made racist statements, open discussions of conspiracy theories and refusals to do the job voters elected him to do.
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While Moore reportedly saw nothing wrong with signing a teenager’s yearbook “to a sweeter, more beautiful girl, I could not say Merry Christmas” when he was 30 years old, signing off on gay marriage is another matter entirely.
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to get married, he refused to acknowledge the landmark decision as chief justice of his state.
His reason? He believes being gay makes you an “unfit parent,” that homosexuality itself is “an inherent evil” and that these “unnatural families” contradict “the created order.”
The resulting battle would end in Moore getting kicked out of court for telling local officials to defy the decision it would be the second time he got ousted from office.
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In footage reported on by CNN, he can be seen telling the First Baptist Church of Guin, “You wonder why we’re having problems in Newtown, Connecticut? All across our country with killing, stealing, committing adultery, because we’ve forgotten the law of God.”
Not content with bringing up the 20 children and six adults who were gunned down in an elementary school, Moore has also invoked the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history to try and teach everyone a lesson.
After quoting a passage from the Book of Isaiah about “a breach ready to fall,” he said at Open Door Baptist Church, “Sounds a little bit like the Pentagon, whose breaking came suddenly at an instance, doesn’t it?”
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Moving on to discuss slaughters and towers falling, Moore offers, “You know, we’ve suffered a lot in this country. Maybe, just maybe, because we’ve distanced ourselves from the one that has it within his hands to heal this land.”
Meanwhile, as recently as August of this year, the candidate said in a speech to Citizen Impact, a far-right religious activist organization, “You wonder why we’re having shootings and killings here in 2017? Because we’ve asked for it.
“We’ve taken God out of everything. We’ve taken prayer out of school, we’ve taken prayer out of council meetings.”
Amid his growing sex scandal, Moore has taken to lobbing insults at his enemies with terms straight out of President Trump’s playbook, tweeting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has called on him to step aside, “must be replaced. #DrainTheSwamp,” while labeling the allegations that he molested a 14-year-old “fake news,” but he and the President have been speaking the same language for some time.
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Moore has consistently stated he doesn’t believe President Obama is an American citizen, disseminating the bigoted conspiracy theory as far back as 2008, while Trump would openly join the birther movement in 2011, bringing up his fabled “people” in a “Today” show interview.
“I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re finding,” he said.
However, even after Trump backed off the lie just two months before the 2016 election, Moore persisted in saying he thinks Obama wasn’t born in America.
“My personal belief is that he wasn’t,” Moore said, “but that’s probably over and done in a few days, unless we get something else to come along.”
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In addition to his foundation receiving $1,000 from a Nazi group in 2005, Moore previously addressed the Council of Conservative Citizens in 1995.
Not to be confused with another white supremacist group that loves triple consonants, this organization proudly featured him when he was serving on the 16th Circuit Court, highlighting how he posted “the Ten Commandments in his courtroom.”
The Council of Conservative Citizens gained notoriety more recently when alleged Charleston shooter Dylann Storm Roof cited the group as an influence in his manifesto.
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In a December 2006 op-ed, Moore not only likened the Quran to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” he made the larger, far more hate-backed argument that Muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress due to their religion of choice.
The current Alabama Senate candidate specifically targeted Rep. Keith Ellison, saying, “Enough evidence exists for Congress to question Ellison’s qualifications to be a member of Congress as well as his commitment to the Constitution in view of his apparent determination to embrace the Quran and an Islamic philosophy directly contrary to the principles of the Constitution.”
Moore recently seemed to suggest Muslims could serve in Congress as long as they are sworn in on the Bible.
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Whether he’ll have that honor himself is up to Alabama voters on Dec. 12.