An argument once made by Roy Moore — the Republican running for senate in Alabama — is coming back to haunt him amid allegations he preyed on children.
While he was chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Moore reversed a lower court’s decision on a custody case because the mother who had won was living with another woman. The father admitted to abusing his children both physically (beating them with a belt) and psychologically (forcing them to sit quietly with paper bags over their heads) while also refusing to send them to summer school despite having failing grades.
Ironically, Moore’s justification was that allowing the children to live with their mother would be worse than living with their abusive father (emphasis ours).
“Homosexual conduct is, and has been, considered abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature, and a violation of the laws of nature and of nature’s God upon which this nation and our laws are predicated,” Moore wrote in his ruling reversing the lower court’s decision. “The state carries the power… to prevent the subversion of children toward this lifestyle, to not encourage a criminal lifestyle.”
Moore is now battling allegations by four different women who told the Washington Post that he approached them seeking a romantic relationship when he was in his thirties and the women were in their mid to late teens. One of the women accused Moore of touching her on her breasts and in between her legs when he was 32 and she was 14. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has called on Moore to end his campaign if the allegations against him are true.
In a statement to white supremacist site Breitbart News, Moore described the accusations against him as “a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post.” He has not dropped out of the race as of this writing.
Moore is running against Doug Jones — the attorney who successfully prosecuted the case against two members of the Ku Klux Klan who killed four young black girls in the 1963 bombing of a church in Birmingham. The election will be held on December 12.
Jordan Shaw is a New Jersey-based freelancer specializing in national and state government issues. When he’s not writing, you can find him volunteering in Camden, New Jersey, or hiking the Wissahickon Valley Park.