The Return of Judge Roy Moore
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Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 11:17:38 PM EST
Judge Roy Moore -- the man best known as "the Ten Commandments Judge" for his smuggling of a two-and-a-half ton monument to the Ten Commandments into the Alabama state courthouse in the dead of night and refusing to remove it -- is back.
Moore is back in his old job as the elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court; the job from which he was removed after refusing the order of a federal judge to remove the monument in the interests of preserving separation of church and state. He was years in the wilderness: First as a celebrity on the Christian Right speaking circuit; then as the celebrity candidate coveted by the perennially obscure and distinctly theocratic Constitution Party; then as the twice also-ran primary challenger to a sitting Republican governor; and then as a declared candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination who seemed to campaign and campaign and campaign... until no one was paying any attention anymore.

But then he dominated the 2012 GOP primary field for Chief Justice with 52% -- and the rest is history.

Slate's Mark Joseph Stern reported:

Moore's triumphant comeback is a potent corrective to the notion that religious conservatism and rejection of science has backfired politically. While Mitt Romney kept mostly mum on the issue of evolution, Moore spoke openly about his devotion to creationism, claiming that evolution has "distorted our way of thinking." He intimated that evolution and the Constitution are irreconcilable. During his 2010 gubernatorial primary race, Moore ran an attack ad against a Republican opponent pillorying him for "supporting teaching evolution ... on the school board."

Predictably, Moore is also vehemently opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion. In other words, Moore ran the campaign religious conservatives hoped Mitt Romney would run: brashly religious, proudly conservative, and rooted in an unyielding devotion to fundamentalist principles over modern interpretations of equality, science, and the Constitution.




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Roy Moore whose thinking is distorted... people who think logically and rationally, and try to understand creation (scientists), or people who preach "The LOVE OF GOD!!!" yet poison pets, torch workshops (because of a letter to the editor defending the teaching of evolution) and houses (of pagans and LGBT folks), threaten families (in our case also because of the letter), block employment, and call young women at school "wh*res" and "sl*ts" because they wear shorts and a comfortable shirt in the Florida summertime.  (The sorts mentioned in the other thread posted yesterday.)

I would ask him whose thinking includes destroying people to save them (yeah, right), and why the churches preach things like "bad work ethic" and "lazy" and "Get a JOB!" regarding the poor, when Jesus said that the poor were blessed and the Bible says to be generous and kind to them.  I would ask him which group would let a poor person starve to death while preaching at them (in the hopes that in the last second they'd "repent of their sins and turn to Jesus"), and denounces people who would feed the poor first (including those who also think logically and rationally).

This is just another bit of evidence that while we might have won a battle (kept Romney out of office), they're still advancing in the war (to use military lingo) and winning.  The meme "the religious right is dying" is not true.

by ArchaeoBob on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:35:41 PM EST

Political discipline is the characteristic of the right wing. Every office is important, and every election is important, say the right wing political motivators (preachers, lay leaders, syndicated Christian media, etc). People are instructed that they must vote for "Christian" judges, meaning ones that adhere to the anti-contraception/ anti-abortion, anti-gay-rights, anti-secular Religious Right agenda.

Liberals don't put a lot of concerted effort in getting people to vote all the way down the ticket, at every primary and general election. There is little discussion about the role of judges, from family court to appellate court to Supreme Court (states and US). That little discussion comes from women and gays, those citizens most affected by "privacy doctrine" precedent (Griswold v CT, Eisenstadt v ?, Roe v Wade, and Lawrence v Texas).

Perhaps 10% of registered voters actually vote in average primaries, and of those 10%, many just vote the top of the ticket. The Religious Right wing of the Republican Party have identified a leverage point that gives them disproportionate influence.

by NancyP on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 08:07:39 PM EST
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I'm aware of it, because a couple of friends of mine are very politically active in the Democratic party and we all stress very hard the importance of voting all the way down the ticket - including the local judicial elections.  In spite of our efforts, others keep stressing the headliners and promoting ideas that sometimes literally shoot themselves in the foot (such as telling people to ignore putting up signs and focus solely on door-to-door and phone banks).  Those people seem to have the ear of the people running the party - at least in this area/state.  Invariably, it goes back to (as in the last election): Get President Obama elected! Elect Joe local. GET PRESIDENT OBAMA ELECTED!  (tiny letters) Elect Joe local.  (giant headline) GET PRESIDENT OBAMA ELECTED!!!

You know what I mean.  Those who aren't "in the know" fall in line.  Many of us grit our teeth at some of the decisions and activities at the local and regional level.  The angering thing is that the people who vote that way fuss at us when the state or local politicians do something really stupid and harmful - when they didn't even vote in those races.  It creates hard feelings (and sometimes despondency).

People who are aware of dominionism and its danger also are usually aware of the importance of the local and judicial elections (terror of the "Good Christians" gaining any more power in their lives), but with a few exceptions, most people don't have a clue.  It seems that you have to have had a personal experience with those churches (being a walkaway for instance) before you realize that they're not "Just another church" and that they pose a real threat at all levels of society.  Otherwise, either people ignore their reality (dismiss them as nuts) or worse, consider our words to be extreme tin-hatter conspiracy stuff.  Beyond the personal experience, the only other thing that seems to break through the complacency barrier (I would argue deliberately constructed) is the personal testimony of a number of people who have suffered in those churches.  (That's why walkaways NEED to tell all of their stories!)

Once shaken out of their complacent sleep by experience or multiple personal testimonies, they get active and involved - and I believe start paying attention to all levels of the election.

I wouldn't say that liberals are undisciplined, but I think part of the problem is that (liberal) people have their own pet issues and tend to forget the importance of other issues, especially if they're feeling pain because of their own.  It does take a little discipline to look at the whole picture, although I'd argue that for conservatives, it's easy - they just have to be obedient (and most ARE programmed/trained in obedience).

by ArchaeoBob on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 11:47:45 AM EST
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