The Alabaman republican primary run-off election to replace the US Senate seat left vacant by the former Senator Jeff Sessions, is to be held on September 26, 2017 and it promises to be a humdinger of an event. The two contenders are the establishment candidate who is backed by even President Trump, Senator Luther Strange and the former Judge Roy Moore who is backed by the typical Trump supporter.
If Judge Roy Moore, the far-right Christian zealot should win the run-off, this could provide a chance for a win by the democratic candidate Doug Jones who wouldn’t have a prayer otherwise in a state where the republican President Donald Trump is very popular.
Mr. Jones has declined to make his opposition to Donald Trump the centerpiece of his campaign but he appears to be the perfect candidate for this area. He is the 63-year-old former U.S. attorney who prosecuted the pair behind the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.
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On September 21, 2017, Michael Scherer of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Roy Moore disrupts Alabama Senate race — and prepares for new level of defiance in Washington.”
“With the thunder and fire of an old-time revivalist, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore rose before the assembled souls at the Redemption Baptist Church, a front-runner in the polls days out from an election that could rattle the rickety structures of the Republican Party.”
“You think that God’s not angry that this land is a moral slum?” asked Moore, 70, reciting a rhyming poem he had written years earlier during a 50-minute address before several dozen believers.”
“Republican primary voters across the country have been trying since 2010 to elect angry, outsider candidates who promise to disrupt the ways of Washington. But no one in recent history has promised to be quite as disruptive as Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who has twice been removed from the bench for defying judicial orders.”
And few have divided the GOP as Moore’s candidacy has, producing a momentous power struggle over an election that is likely to turn out less than 20 percent of Alabama’s Republican voters but could nonetheless set the tone for the coming 2018 election battles.”
“In August, Moore won the first round of primary voting with 39 percent of the vote, and then won the endorsement of the third-place finisher weeks later. Now, with the election just five days away, Moore leads public polling averages with a nine-point edge over Sen. Luther Strange, the man appointed to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”
“Strange, a 6-foot-9-inch former prosecutor in the conventional mold of his colleague, Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), is bolstered by millions of dollars pouring into the state from establishment Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — and even by President Trump, who plans to hold a rally for Strange in Huntsville on Friday (9/22/17).”
“But many of Trump’s core supporters remain with Moore, who relentlessly praises Trump’s policy agenda on the campaign trail. So are a hodgepodge of conservative iconoclasts: former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon, his Breitbart media operation, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson and evangelical leaders from across the country.”
“And for now, they are winning, revealing with startling clarity the gaping divide between Trump’s most ardent fans and GOP leaders — and setting up, among other things, the uncomfortable possibility that many of them could turn out to see Trump as he tries to prop up Strange, and then vote for Moore.”
“The central argument of Moore’s campaign is that removing the sovereignty of a Christian God from the functions of government is an act of apostasy, an affront to the biblical savior as well as the Constitution. Among the prices he says this country has paid for denying God’s supremacy: the high murder rate in Chicago, crime on the streets of Washington, child abuse, rape and sodomy.
“We have forgotten the source of our rights,” Moore preached during that church appearance, quoting from memory several books of the Bible, along with the Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and a U.S. Supreme Court decision from 1892. “We put ourselves above God. And in so doing, we forgot the basic source of our morality.”
“Moore has always been controversial, and proudly so. As a judge, he denied granting custody of three teenagers to their mother, who was in a lesbian relationship, writing that her private behavior was “an inherent evil against which children must be protected.”
“In his current campaign, he has called for the impeachment of judges, including possibly Supreme Court justices, who issue rulings for same-sex marriage and sodomy.”
“He also acts nothing like a professional political candidate. During the final days of a brutal campaign, which has featured withering, daily television and direct-mail assaults on his character, he invited a reporter to spend hours alone with him traveling through the state. Unstaffed by campaign aides and tethered to the outside world only by a flip-phone, Moore offered a seat in his family’s pew for Sunday church services, welcomed a tag-along when he visited with his 90-year-old mother, gave a tour of his home and property in rural Gallant and then offered to speak on the record for a two-hour drive, with a quick stop for lunch with his wife, Kayla, at a roadside Cracker Barrel, where they both ordered the Sunday Homestyle Chicken.”
“”The last 50 years, Moore argued, has witnessed the tragic removal of God from public life, from schools, from government, that was never intended under the Constitution’s establishment clause. “There is no such thing as evolution,” he explained at one point as he waited for his lunch. Species might adapt to their environment, he continued, but that has nothing to do with the origins of life described in the Bible.”
“Moore’s on-the-record candor arises from an earnest desire to make sure that his unconventional ideas about the Constitution and God, which he has recorded in three separate books, are accurately portrayed for a national audience. “One thing I do not want you to do, because it’s not right, is to say that I believe in biblical punishments,” he explained during the drive, “I’ve been accused of saying I want to kill homosexuals because the Bible says. I don’t.”
“As a historical matter, there is little debate over the religious convictions of the founding Americans. But Moore has used these admonitions to take the position that any legal orders that defy a conservative evangelical view of “the law of nature and nature’s God,” as Thomas Jefferson put it, are illegitimate, unconstitutional and should not be obeyed.”
“The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, not what judicial supremacists say it is,” he explained. “It’s not debatable when it contradicts reason.”
“In 2003, when a federal judge ordered Moore to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments he had installed at the Supreme Court of Alabama, he refused. Like a soldier ordered to murder civilians, he could not, as an officer sworn to the Constitution, carry out an illegal command, he explained. He was removed from office as a result.”
“Alabama’s electorate returned Moore to his old post 10 years later — just in time for the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling establishing a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Moore again rebelled, writing a flurry of memos and decisions, telling the governor to “oppose such tyranny” and announcing that the order should not be accepted as the “rule of law” since human beings are not “at liberty to redefine reality.” He was suspended from the bench without pay and voluntarily retired.”