I’m wondering whether I should quit putting out these memos. Apparently nobody reads them. Included in “nobody” would be former judge Roy Moore of Alabama. That he has not read the memo has been long apparent. From the Huffington Post:
Alabama Senate Front-Runner: Evolution Is Fake And Homosexuality Should Be Illegal
U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has approached his work over the decades as he once approached mastering kickboxing and building a house with [his] own hands: with laser focus and a fervent belief that he has God on his side.
Moore, 70, is vying to become the next U.S. senator for Alabama, and his chances are looking good. A poll released Monday by Louisiana-based JMC Analytics and Polling found that the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court holds an 8-point lead in the Republican primary run-off over his opponent, U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed by Alabama’s governor in February to temporarily fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Whoever wins will face Democrat Doug Jones, whose odds are low in the overwhelmingly red state.
Right out of the gate this says something. Especially it says something about the great state of Alabama, previously discussed. The matter of Roy Moore has been covered previously here:
There is one thing his critics (that would include me) can appreciate about Judge Moore, and that is he does not hide his intent behind noble claims of advancing morality in the name of all faiths. It actually is refreshing to see a public official, such as Moore, come out and state that this country is for Christians (Jews if they behave themselves), and the rest of you idolaters can just go screw off. I’m sorry. Did I say Christians? I meant some Christians. Joel N. Shurkin has researched and posted a better hash of this issue than I could ever have done:
Including a fairly lengthy discussion of Moore’s doings and past history. In brief, from Wikipedia, Roy Moore was elected Chief Justice of Alabama in 2001, and apparently without much hesitation, he commenced to trample on constitutional law by commissioning a monument enshrining the biblical Ten Commandments and having the sculpture installed in the Alabama Judicial Building. Consequences ensued.
Suit was filed against this legal breach, and a federal court ordered the monument be removed. Judge Moore was the person in charge of the facility, and he refused to comply with the court order. For this official impropriety he was removed from his position of Chief Justice. Additional political involvement ensued, following which Roy Moore again ran for Chief Justice and was again elected by the people of Alabama—may Jesus have mercy on their souls.
Once again Judge Moore misapplied his position by defying a higher court that ruled against Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage. He resigned his position and is now running for the United States Senate, a position he is likely to obtain.
What makes Roy Moore’s ascent to such an elevated position is his lack of understanding of some basic truths. We can start with his defiance of modern science. From The Washington Post:
The last 50 years, Moore argued, have witnessed the tragic removal of God from public life, from schools, from government, something that was never intended under the Constitution’s establishment clause. “There is no such thing as evolution,” he said at one point as he waited for his lunch. Species might adapt to their environment, he continued, but that has nothing to do with the origins of life described in the Bible. “That we came from a snake?” he asked rhetorically. “No, I don’t believe that.”
Of course, Roy Moore is correct in believing snakes are not ancestral to people. Studies of biological evolution indicate snakes and people share a common ancestor with no direct line of descent from one to the other. What is obvious from his statement, however, is complete ignorance of some high school science. What is appalling is his flaunting of his ignorance followed by Alabama voters’ acceptance. Would always your worst enemies be ever so benighted.
But here is what’s adding drama to this mess. Current President Donald Trump, no stranger to benightedness, is supporting Moore’s opponent Luther Strange in the Republican primary race. I am keenly aware how much Donald Trump dislikes losing, but this race has all the look of a big smashup for Trump. It’s going to fun to watch.
Of secondary interest is who is supporting Moore. Prime would be former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, neither of whom seem to have their heads on straight. Palin is no stranger to these pages, for a time getting her own series. Few deserve the honor more. Palin’s association with the factual world is tenuous at best. From an old news story:
Soon after Sarah Palin was elected mayor of the foothill town of Wasilla, Alaska, she startled a local music teacher by insisting in casual conversation that men and dinosaurs coexisted on an Earth created 6,000 years ago — about 65 million years after scientists say most dinosaurs became extinct — the teacher said.
After conducting a college band and watching Palin deliver a commencement address to a small group of home-schooled students in June 1997, Wasilla resident Philip Munger said, he asked the young mayor about her religious beliefs.
Palin told him that “dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time,” Munger said. When he asked her about prehistoric fossils and tracks dating back millions of years, Palin said “she had seen pictures of human footprints inside the tracks,” recalled Munger, who teaches music at the University of Alaska in Anchorage and has regularly criticized Palin in recent years on his liberal political blog, called Progressive Alaska.
It is small comfort to know that Steve Bannon is the more rational of the two.
Call me an alarmist if you wish, but the United States is about to be saddled with yet another nut case senator. Could things get much worse?
Wait! Donald Trump is President of the United States. Never mind.