Moore Scandal Exemplifies Republican Abandonment of Christian Principles

In recent days, we have witnessed another chilling episode of the Republican Party’s descent into a Party of extremists who not only have turned their backs on America’s basic moral and democratic values and on decency itself, but now aggressively defend the dystopian alternative.
The Washington Post this week reported that the ultra right-wing Christian GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore had sexually abused a girl who was 14 years old at the time. Three additional women told the Washington Post that Moore pursued them when he was in his early 30s and they were between 16 and 18.
Here are two paragraphs from a Washington Post story on November 10, 2017, reporting Republican officials reacting to the story. The paragraphs need no explanation:
An Alabama state official on Thursday dismissed a Washington Post report alleging that GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore had initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl decades ago, saying there was an age gap between the biblical Joseph and Mary. The Post also alleged that Moore had pursued three others when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.
“Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus,” Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler told The Washington Examiner. ‘There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”
Not to be outdone, another Alabama Republican legislator, Ed Henry, went even further, declaring that the women accusing Moore should be prosecuted for waiting to make their allegations.
We have reached the point where “family values” conservatives are making excuses for child molestation. Could there be a better insight into the mentality of the Republicans like Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel who continue to support Donald Trump? Oh, you say, they do not countenance such drivel as this. OK—but where is their condemnation of Mr. Ziegler? Or of Roy Moore?
Look at Moore’s track record, established long before allegations of his relations with a 14 year-old girl. Here are some of his past acts and comments—which, as far as I can find, Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel never bothered to condemn:
  • In 2003, he was expelled from his position as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to take down a display of the 10 Commandments
  • He was re-elected, and in 2016, he was suspended again after ordering judges to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
  • He suggested that the 9/11 terror attacks were God’s punishment because “we legitimize sodomy.”
  • Declared homosexual conduct should be illegal
  • Compared homosexuality to bestiality
  • Repeatedly appeared on a radio show hosted by a pastor who preaches the death penalty for homosexuality.
  • Said that Rep. Keith Ellison shouldn’t be allowed to serve in Congress because he’s a Muslim.
The Moore with the above track record received high-profile endorsements from conservative leaders such as psychologist and radio host James Dobson, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins and National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown.
And here is how Georgia’s two illustrious GOP Senators reacted after Moore in September won the Alabama GOP Senate nomination:

Johnny Isakson: “I’ve never met the gentleman. Being from Georgia, which is next to Alabama, I’ve heard his name in the Alabama Supreme Court. I know what I’ve seen on TV and what I’ve read in the papers. I like to keep my comments to my own.”

IndieDems has found no comments by Isakson on the child sex abuse allegations about Moore. His web page as of 10:50am on November 11 makes no reference to the scandal.

David Perdue warmly endorsed Moore’s nomination, saying “I look forward to working with him to advance President Donald J. Trump’s agenda.  Let’s all unite behind Roy so we can keep our majority and continue working to make America great again.”

In wake of the sex charges, Perdue joined the Republican consensus in saying if the allegations are true, Moore should withdraw from the Senate race.
In short, Perdue sees no difference between a powerful white Republican with a history of ignoring the rule of law and showing disdain for normal codes of conduct; and four women with no history of such conduct coming forward reluctantly to speak about their mistreatment at Moore’s hands—despite the recent flood of revelations by women who told the truth about similar situations.
At this point, let me offer some quotes from a liberal and a conservative columnist who, unlike Isakson and Perdue, have no problem reaching a conclusion about Moore:
Liberal Nicholas Kristof: Roy Moore today is a challenge for those who see themselves as good and decent people of faith: If you find yourself excusing child molestation, then you are driven not by morality or faith, but simply by the emptiest kind of tribalism.
But Conservative Jennifer Rubin said words that went beyond the Moore affair to sum up the deluded, deranged, despicable state of the corrupt Republican Party:

“If you are sickened by this — both the cowering from national Republicans and the repulsive defense of Moore coming from local Republicans — you must not be a GOP ‘tribalist,’ the new brand of Republican who will justify any conduct, excuse any behavior, rationalize any rhetoric, adopt any conspiracy theory and deny any evidence to protect the ‘tribe.’ It’s nothing short of moral nihilism, not to mention disqualifying from public service.”

That is the best description yet delivered of a Republican Party that has been in a state of moral and intellectual bankruptcy for 11 months—and is hell-bent to sink even further into the cesspool it has created.
Rubin describes the Trump-led Republican Party that is the natural home of Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel. They and their Republican cohorts have replaced slaveowners, segregationists, and McCarthyites as people who must be placed on the dustbin of history.

A parting shot from a true Christian, pastor Rev. Eric Elnes, who leads members from a  church, a synagogue and a mosque who are partnering on a shared site to build empathy and understanding:
“Blazing with self-righteous indignation toward others is often what people use to hide 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.”

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