The Moore Wing of the Republican Party
Below are some quotes from three recent articles about Roy Moore, the Ten Commandments judge who is running for Governor of Alabama. The first article
is an editorial in The Decatur Daily. The second article
is written by J. L. Chestnut, Jr., a civil rights attorney in Selma, Alabama. The third article
is from the Montgomery Advertiser.
From The Decatur Daily:
The woman who filed suit to reinstate Roy Moore as Alabama's Supreme Court chief justice now fears his election as governor.
Whether Christian talk show host Kelly McGinley had a falling out with the right wing of the Republican Party or saw a vision of the future, she's saying some chilling things.
From Mobile, Ms. McGinley said Mr. Moore and his followers want to establish a theocracy, or a government by a person or persons who claims to rule with divine authority. [ ]
"It is too extreme for the likes of me," she said. But it may be a case of her being too extreme for Republicans, also. In 2004, the party blocked her from running for the state school board because of her on-air support for the Constitution Party, even though Mr. Moore appeared with the party's presidential candidate last year.
Whether she's got it right or is wrong about Mr. Moore's supporters, the country's radical-right element wants to fundamentally change the nation's government. The Moore wing of the Republican Party is a roiling mass of fearful people who haven't made the transition to the teachings in the New Testament.
From J. L. Chestnut, Jr.:
Moores antics are hardly new in Alabama. Some years ago, poor white residents in a trailer camp (at Priceville) and a few homeowners all in a rural section of Madison County tried to carve a new town out of the trailer camp and rename it Brooksville. The only law would be the Ten Commandments. There would be a volunteer mayor but no other town official. Every adult citizen would have a gun or a pistol and they would protect each other. Of course that unconstitutional theocratic and religious idea never got off the ground. How could it?
There is really no distinction between a failed attempt to transform a trailer camp into a theocracy and Moore's theocratic designs for the whole state of Alabama. Religious dogmatists have been trying for years to take over mainstream institutions and government. If you get a big belly laugh out of religious fundamentalists trying to transform an Alabama trailer camp into a theocratic religious township, please consider that such people control school boards, regularly defeat and elect politicians of all kinds, including George W. Bush who placates them with words about "being born again." Being seen as standing up for the Ten Commandments is as politically potent in Alabama as hollering "nigger, nigger, nigger"!
From the Montgomery Advertiser:
Asked in an interview what he would do if he were elected governor and the Supreme Court made a ruling that did not agree with his religious beliefs, he said he does not expect the Alabama Supreme Court to refute the acknowledgement of God.
"Whatever the Supreme Court rules has to be constitutional," he said. "Your form of worshipping articles of faith has nothing to do with government.
"God gave you the right to believe whatever you want to about him." [ ]
Sarah Wires of Birmingham, secretary of the Libertarian Party of Alabama, asked if Moore thought that the stand that the religious right wing movement has taken is the reason there is such tension over religion when it comes to lawmaking.
"I really don't understand what you're saying," Moore said. When Wires attempted to further explain her question, Moore said he thinks the problem is with special interest groups.
Moore said that he believes his knowledge of government and his understanding of the relationship between the branches of government and the Constitution make him qualified to be governor.