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.