Former Alabama judge Roy Moore is a crackpot on evolution and so much more
(via Media Matters). This is the man that wants to run Alabama. He’s not officially announced his run for governor yet (he’s praying on it), but ousted Judge Roy “Ten Commandments” Moore is now pontificating on evolution:
From the March 22 edition of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews:
MOORE: There’s no scientific evidence of evolution. Evolution is a theory and has been recognized so by many. You have always heard of the missing link, haven’t you?
MOORE: It is still missing. In other words, they can’t explain how male and female came and every species from one atom or one amoeba.
The amateur scientist and biblical scholar has been in the news lately, since the monument of the Ten Commandments that cost Roy his job wrapped up its nationwide tour as of yesterday. The tour included rallies at state capitols, churches and courthouses; Moore gave permission to a group called American Veterans in Domestic Defense and named the project American Veterans Standing for God and Country “because he felt that veterans had a stake in the preservation of our godly heritage and the protection of our religious symbols.”
He’s also got a new book out, I suppose to bolster him on the campaign trail, outlining his opinion that the separation of church and state may be a credible and legitimate tenet, it has been largely misconstrued and abused during the last forty years — and it’s up to him to restore order. He’ll be hawking this AmTaliban manifesto for quite some time to come.
He may sound like a crackpot, but he has significant support in Alabama. Remember, however, that an Alabama law mandating racially separate classrooms is still on the books — a state amendment to repeal the Jim Crow-era law was defeated last November. Roy Moore was leading the fight. As he said at the time regarding the amendment: “This is the most deceptive piece of legislation I have ever seen and it is simply a fraud on the people of Alabama.” Supporters of the measure said it was not about taxes â€” but about erasing the last vestiges of Jim Crow provisions from Alabama law.
To get a flavor of the level of intolerance and backward thinking in this state, read my post: Is Alabama really the worst place to be a gay person in Bush’s America?”
I remember Wallace (4.00 / 2)
I am an Alabama native, and I can remember when George Wallace was governor of our fair state. I hope that y’all will forgive me for such a negative posting, but I am virtually certain that Roy Moore will win, and I’m afraid that he will bring back the reign of terror that characterised our state for nearly 100 years, up until 1964.
When I moved out of state twenty years ago, I thought that racism was a dying way of life, and that Alabama would soon rejoin the rest of the modern world, but I have begun to doubt that conclusion. The rejection of Amendment 2 in November was especially alarming, because I know how sensitive Alabamians are to any suggestion that they are intolerant rednecks.
Roy Moore’s hatred of gays, and extreme religious intolerance are, unfortunately, right in tune with Alabama’s mainstream. If he is elected, I expect to see police raids on known same-sex families, and increased profiling & harassment of religious minorities, especially Muslims. I wouldn’t even be surprised if lynchings started up again.
The idea that a Democrat might win is just a forlorn hope, and anyway, no one to the left of Zell Miller could possibly be elected. Gov. Riley has been the best man to hold that office in 20 years, and he is a far better man than Alabama deserves right now.
The fact is that most Southern conservatives don’t believe in the US Constitution, and once they are confident that Washington won’t step in to enforce its provisions, then they will begin to flagrantly violate the basic rights of their fellow citizens, just like they did during the Jim Crow era.
“The past isn’t dead, it isn’t even past.” – Faulkner