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Roy Moore, the future of the GOP (and that bothers them)

House Blender oddjob posted a link to a great Boston Globe article on the wingnuttery of Alabama’s Roy “Ten Commandments” Moore and a wary GOP. Good ol’ Roy is sitting pretty as a primary opponent against sitting duck Gov. Bob Riley.

Riley angered conservatives by signing the largest tax increase in Alabama history in an effort to get the state’s fiscal house in order and make the tax code more progressive. ”There’s enough people in Alabama clamoring for him [Moore] to run that I don’t see that he has much choice,” said Baptist minister Rick Scarborough, who chairs the Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration [WTF is that?!].

Unfortunately for Chimpy, the religious Reich is on a roll in the Deep South. A marriage amendment breezed through the state house and will be put before the voters soon. As most House Blenders know, Alabama is the worst place to be a gay person in Bush’s America, and it earned its title with great gusto. Look at this, from Bob Moser’s Sweet Homo Alabama article:

Moore, best known for installing a washing machine–size Ten Commandments monument in the entrance to the state’s judicial building, tacked a 14-page “special concurrence” onto a decision denying a lesbian mother custody of her children. In it, Alabama’s highest judicial officer declared homosexuality “abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature.” Gay sex, he wrote, is “an act so heinous that it defies one’s ability to describe it,” an “inherent evil” that “should never be tolerated.” And if homo-bamians continued to insist on fornicating? The state might have to use force, Moore wrote, wielding a biblical “power of the sword” to root out this evil once and for all.

Evangelicals like Roy Moore have gained almost insurmountable political strength there, and it’s not going to look pretty if the GOP has to deal with the bigoted, narrow, and intolerant faction in its midst.

Roy with his “slab-o-ten-commandments”. Here’s Roy with buddy and AmTaliban weirdo Michael Marcavage of Repent America, who says “We must go out into the world and declare the word of God in front of the abortuaries and sexually perverse establishments, and at the homosexual parades and other sin celebrations and call them to repentance.”

If Moore wins, some party strategists speculate, he could defy a federal court order again by erecting a religious monument outside the Alabama state Capitol building. With the 2008 presidential race looming, President Bush would then face a no-win decision: either call out the National Guard to enforce a court order against a religious display on state grounds or allow a fellow born-again Christian to defy the courts.

The pitched political warfare over the direction of the nation’s courts has energized many GOP voters, but it has also produced a restless Christian right movement that contends Bush has been too moderate on issues ranging from gay marriage to judicial nominations to the Terri Schiavo case. These conservatives want Moore to run for president as a platform for their cause.

He’s a real winner for the GOP. I say, Run Roy Run.

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