“When it comes to his beliefs, if they think for one second they can put some kind of moderate/liberal judge on the Supreme Court that believes in abortion or believes that marriage is between two people of the same sex – you know, fake marriage – if they think he would vote for that, he’s not going to budge.” Dean Young, longtime adviser to Alabama candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore spoke those words in an interview this week. Like many, I cringed.
Not because I begrudge people having deeply held convictions about abortion and homosexuality, which in many cases are informed by their faith. I cringed because of the dismissive and hostile way that he referenced the marriages of many people in this country who take their vows quite seriously and are, in fact, married in the eyes of the U.S. government.
Moore is a Republican candidate running against incumbent Republican Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed by Alabama’s governor to fill the open seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore is best known as the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was forced from the bench because of his refusal to remove a display of the Bible’s 10 Commandments from his courtroom. Many God-fearing conservatives in Alabama regard him as a hero for his devotion to the word of God. Others view his insistence on displaying a religious symbol of the laws of God in a place where the constitution is the ultimate rule of law as an act of defiance. I have often wondered if those supporting Moore would support a Muslim judge displaying a religious symbol of the Quran’s supremacy in his courtroom. I doubt it. Read More