Yet Another Republican Claims to Speak for God
In a move that would make Mike Huckabee and any number of republican nutballs proud, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has just banned judges in his state from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
Judge Moore, if you remember, is the infamous gay-bashing judge who, back in 2002, refused to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama state courthouse, invoking the usual “We are a Christian Nation” clause that apparently only exists in the Republican or FOX "News" version of the United States Constitution. He even defied a court order on the matter and was removed from his position.
In 2012, the brilliant voters of Alabama gave Moore his job back, and the chief justice has, since then, upped his ante and even called for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage for the entire country. Doth Moore protest too much?
If I wanted to be snarky (who, me?), I could say something about the very concept of putting "Alabama" and "justice" so close together. Certainly, in the annals of Alabama’s proud history -- well, let’s just say the word "justice" often doesn’t apply. So, can it be at all surprising that Moore, an official elected by Alabama voters, has issued his ban?
In the recent past, Moore has also stated, at a local Teabagger convention, no less, that President Obama’s support of civil rights for gay people, allowing gay people to serve openly in our military, and his presidential proclamation for a “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Month” back in June 2010 have all “elevated immorality to a new level.”
Moore’s order also bans the recognition of any same-sex marriages. Which has now set up a constitutional crisis between the federal government and the government of Alabama. Moore isn’t the first Alabama official to invoke state’s rights and stand in front of the doorway to justice and civil rights. Clearly, he is channeling Gov, George Wallace, a 1960s bigot from back in the day before bigoted Southern Democrats became republicans. Perhaps it’s still 50-plus years ago in Alabama.
So here you have it: yet another republican wackjob claiming to speak for God. Just look at this freak, standing there in this picture with his hand on the Ten Commandments.
Try as I may, I just can’t remember anything about a “Thou shall not marry a person of your sex” commandment. Maybe that one was on that third tablet that Moses dropped when he came down from the mount.
Even Jesus never spoke about homosexuality, but, hey, this is the great Judge Roy Moore we’re talking about, and he surely must know better than Jesus!
My personal advice to to the people of Alabama, and republicans in general, would be that maybe they should look into something more useful: like banning same-family marriage. Just sayin’.