Tonight, Alabama will vote to fill a vacant seat in the United States Senate in a special election. Roy Moore, the Republican candidate, has been marred by allegations of sexual assault and molestation of underage girls. He has turned a would-be slam dunk for the Republican Party into a virtual toss-up.
Even with the allegations of sexual misconduct, assault, and molestation, Roy Moore has stayed in the race. He has voiced accusations of his own, including calling these women out-right liars and blaming elaborate schemes to conspire against him by different political groups and traditionally liberal voting blocs.
To combat these “false attacks”, Roy Moore has brought out the religious fervor of the right. Issues like religious liberty have been used as an almost rallying cry to stave off the possible loss to Doug Jones, the Democrat in the race. But what is religious liberty to Roy Moore? Is that consistent with the religious liberty under the United States Constitution and the 1st amendment, the document that Mr. Moore would have to swear an oath to defend should he win?
Religious Liberty Is The “Civil Rights Issue Of Our Time.”
According to Roy Moore, religious liberty is the “civil rights issue of our time,” saying this after the 9th District Court of Appeals said that Bremerton School District was right to suspend their football coach after he took a knee at midfield and prayed. He also called the funding of Planned Parenthood wrong and the case currently before the Supreme Court where a gay couple was denied service from a Colorado baker for their sexual orientation as a defense of religious liberty.
Roy Moore’s take on religious liberty shows clearly why he was removed from the State Supreme Court in Alabama as its Chief Justice.
True Religious Liberty.
The first amendment prevents Congress from making any law respecting an establishment of religion, and/or the free exercise of religion. Even without this clear adherence to a separation between religious institutions and the state, James Madison, the understood father of the Constitution, has stated that “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.”
For Judge Roy Moore, these statements and amendments do not meet his criteria of good governance.
His own attacks on public officials like Keith Ellison, stating that Ellison should not serve in Congress because of his faith as a Muslim, contradict Moore’s own notions of religious liberty. They directly go against his own argument for allowing individuals to live out their faith in whatever way they see fit, showing that Roy Moore is no more an advocate for religious liberty than the leader of a theocratic state.
Religious Liberty Or Christian Theocracy?
Roy Moore has stated that “God’s laws are always superior to man’s laws.” He told Alabama judges to disregard the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage in the United States.
To several people, this hypocrisy is obvious. But it’s worth stating again because an argument against Roy Moore’s so-called take on religious liberty needs to be labeled for what it truly is, an argument against a Christian theocracy. A man who cannot put aside his religious beliefs in order to carry out a decision by the Supreme Court is a man who advocates for a Christian theocracy, not a man who preaches religious liberty.
Roy Moore is truly a crusader, fighting for the religious rights of every American. He hopes they can live out their lives as God and our founding fathers intended, so long as those individuals are members of the Christian faith.