Roy Moore is alleged to be a pedophile. Whether the multiple pedophilia allegations are true or not, the fact is that both in Alabama and Washington, Republicans would rather serve with a pedophile than a Democrat. While that’s outrageous, it can be easy to forget that there are plenty of other horrible things about Roy Moore that Republicans are totally fine with.
Roy Moore didn’t need pedophilia allegations to make him a terrible choice to represent Alabama. But Alabama politics being what they are, even a pedophile can win so odds are these nine horrible things about Moore that are also disqualifying likely won’t stop him from becoming the newest Senator Tuesday night.
1. Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from office
There was a court case involving a giant granite display then-Chief Justice Roy Moore had up in the Alabama Supreme Court building in the early 2000s. The statue weighed two and a half tons. In that case, Glassroth v. Moore, Moore said his reason was to win favor from God. In November of 2002, a District Court declared this to be a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.
Facing a judicial order to take down the statue, Moore refused. He argued in 2003 that the Constitution – which specifically prohibits the establishment of a particular government-sponsored religion – required him to recognize Christianity’s interpretation of God.
A bipartisan panel of Alabamian judges removed the statue, and Moore, from the Supreme Court.
2. Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from office, again
Ten years after being removed from the Alabama Supreme Court, Alabamians elected Roy Moore to the office of Chief Justice again, and he almost immediately started clashing with federal judges. This time, the fight was over gay marriage. Moore ordered probate judges to ignore the federal ruling.
When it was ruled on by the Supreme Court, and same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, Moore again ordered probate judges in Alabama to ignore that ruling.
Again, a panel of judges decided that Moore would be suspended for the remainder of his term ensuring that probate judges wouldn’t receive any more Moore orders.
3. Moore thinks America is evil and Vladimir Putin is righteous
In an interview in August that recently resurfaced, Roy Moore was asked about Reagan’s argument that Russia was a force of evil. He countered by saying America is actually the force of evil, because we promote things to the world like gay marriage.
When it was pointed out that this is the rhetoric of Vladimir Putin, Moore said “Well, then maybe Putin is right. Maybe he’s more akin to me than I know.”
During a time where Russia’s influence on American elections is under a microscope, this is especially egregious, but it also dismisses a core belief of Ronald Reagan, which is a shocking move among some circles of modern conservatism.
4. Moore thinks America was last “Great” during slavery
While far from being the only racist thing about Roy Moore, something that was a banner headline recently was his answer to the natural question “Make America Great Again” poses – when was America great?
“I think it was great at the time when families were united—even though we had slavery—they cared for one another…Our families were strong, our country had a direction,” Moore said at a rally. He said this in response to one of the few African-Americans at that rally.
And this idea that slavery is something tolerable for Moore’s idea of moral purity brings us to…
5. Moore thinks gay marriage is worse than slavery
Moore does, to his credit, think declaring that people as property was unconstitutional, but also thinks that gay marriage is worse. He compared the Obergefell decision to the infamous Dred Scott decision where the United States Supreme Court once declared that African-Americans had no rights that white people would be required to respect.
“But this ruling in Obergefell is even worse, in a sense, because it forces not only people to recognize marriage other than the institution ordained of God and recognized by nearly every state in the union,” said Moore, “It says that you now must do away with the definition of marriage and make it between two persons of the same gender.”
So on balance, Moore finds slavery preferable to gay rights.
6. Moore is pals with people who want gays executed
As if President Trump joking about executing us wasn’t enough, Roy Moore continues to build his anti-gay credentials by associating himself with a pastor named Kevin Swanson. Moore regularly appears on Swanson’s Generation Radio.
The pastor preaches to his flock that the punishment for homosexuality is death. He also attributed Hurricane Harvey to Houston’s “very, very aggressively pro-homosexual mayor.”
Ted Cruz, during his presidential campaign, apologized for attending an event featuring Swanson as a speaker, and condemned his “offensive comments.”
To his credit, Moore has said he, personally, doesn’t want to kill gay people. Which makes him better than Mike Pence, apparently.
7. Moore thinks 9/11 was a punishment from God
Moore is one of the voices that blames our rampant sin for 9/11. He quoted Isiah 30:12-13 which describes being insufficiently Christian as a breach in a wall that breaks in an instant, and added “Sounds a little bit like the Pentagon, whose breaking came suddenly at an instance, doesn’t it?”
He went further, comparing verse 25 to the fall of the World Trade Center and saying, “We’ve suffered a lot in this country, maybe, just maybe, because we’ve distanced ourselves from the one that has it within his hands to heal this land.”
Interestingly, this quote prompted the Chicago Tribune to look at the data, and they found that the states that are the most devout are as likely to see divorce and, in fact, more likely to see unwed births. Also, none of the least religious states rank on the most dangerous list.
8. Moore thinks amendments allowing black people and women to vote should be repealed
In a 2011 interview, Roy Moore blamed the direction of the country on the passage of multiple landmark Constitutional amendments — namely, the amendments that gave black people and women the right to vote. This is in line with viewpoints expressed in a textbook Moore co-authored, in which he said women shouldn’t be allowed to run for office.
9. Republicans don’t even want him
Moore was actually opposed by Trump in the primaries, while Trump backed Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) for the nomination. This wasn’t actually Trump’s choice. He was pressured into supporting Strange, who was the establishment’s candidate.
After allegations came out about his history with young girls, there was a serious push to prevent Moore from being seated if elected, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) declared him unfit to serve. The biggest newspapers in Alabama urged votes for an ‘anyone but Moore’ vote.
In fact, it seems like the only person who stuck with Moore the whole way through is Steve Bannon, who former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro said doesn’t have much of a choice.
“Bannon stapled himself to Moore’s leg so that he could claim credit for Moore’s primary victory, even though Moore’s victory had little to do with Bannon,” said Shapiro. “Now Bannon is stuck. He’s taken credit for Moore, so now he owns him.”
Okay, he’s probably a pedophile. And I know, I said that I would list other horrible things about him, but in good conscience I cannot allow a list of his disqualifying and repugnant traits to not include pedophilia.
Look, when Moore referred to indigenous people and Asian Americans as “reds” and “yellows” respectively, his defense of the remark was citing the song “Jesus Loves the Little Children” (which he incorrectly identified as being the gospel), and it would a personal slight against me to not point out that in hindsight, he kind of handed that one to the late-night hosts, didn’t he?
How is it possible that we’re still having discussions about the other nine items on this list when Alabama is about to elect a pedophile?
Katelyn Kivel is a journalist and political scientist in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @KatelynKivel.