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Alabama GOP Senate Candidate Wants To Outlaw Gays, Rejects Evolution
Judge Roy Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama supreme court, is no stranger to controversy. And he’s the likely candidate to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, after polls show him leading a Trump-backed contender in next Tuesday’s runoff vote for the Republican nomination.
In what may be the most predominantly conservative Christian state in the nation, his views are carved from the old rugged cross. He has said that homosexuality is “an inherent evil” and “abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature and a violation of the laws of nature and of nature’s God.” He wants to make it illegal.
He also contends that “There is no such thing as evolution. That we came from a snake? No, I don’t believe that.” He opposes abortion. And believes that school shootings are an outcome of prayer being banned in schools and government meetings. Moore says 9/11 was an act of God’s anger because American laws “legitimize sodomy” and “legitimize abortion.” And as one might expect, Moore feels Islam is “a false religion.
“Buddha didn’t create us. Mohammed didn’t create us. It’s the god of the Holy Scriptures.” he has said. “They didn’t bring a Koran over on the pilgrim ship, Mayflower. Let’s get real. Let’s go back and learn our history.”
Moore – who was deposed by court order as the elected Alabama chief justice for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments memorial from the lawn of the state courthouse in 2001 – boasts a rogue’s gallery of right wing supporters: Steve Bannon and Breitbart, Sarah Palin and “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson. President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are behind his opponent Steve Strange.
A recent poll shows Moore leading the race by eight points. The GOP nomination would all but make him a shoe-in to win the general election.
Scary as Moore’s views and his fervency may be, he has brought a bit of levity to the race. On the side of his campaign bus, the URL for his “Alabama Deserves Moore” campaign website has the misspelling “derserves.” His opponent quickly secured the web address and put up a site that directs visitors to his campaign site.