I’m not the first person to notice that morality usually has an inverse relationship with religiosity.
“Next time you hear some particularly moralizing speech, set your watch. You won’t have to wait long before the man who made it is found, crouched awkwardly yet ecstatically while the cistern drips and the roar of the flush maddens him like wine.”
Ray Moore deserved to have taken much more heat for his actions when he was a judge who defied the law, and it’s sad that only his pedophilia was enough to remove him from office. Take a look at what propelled him into politics to glimpse the kind of people who defend religion or Republican values. It shows how easily the average voter can be bought in Alabama as long as you drape yourself in “godliness.” Christopher Hitchens strongly opposed religion in part because religion tends to make it much easier to manipulate smart people into doing dumb things, and it does this by appealing to their emotions rather than their intellect.
Moore: I’m a judge and I want to put a 5,000 pound 10 commandments statue in my courtroom, and to require daily prayer led by a clergy in my courtroom.
Alabama Supreme Court: You must stop leading pre-session prayers in your courtroom.
US Supreme Court in Glassroth v. Moore: You can’t erect that statue because it endorses Christianity as a state religion and the US does not have an official religion. You must take it down.
Moore, (the Christian Ayatollah of Alabama): NO! Christianity is the foundation of US moral law!
US Supreme Court: You have to follow orders or authority will break down. You have to take them down, we’ll have a local judge sort it out.
Local judge: You have 10 days to take down the statues.
Moore: I said no. THE GODLESS HERETICS ARE TRYING TO PERSECUTE ME JUST LIKE THEY KILLED JESUS! PEOPLE OF ALABAMA, SUPPORT MY PLIGHT!
(10 days later)
District Court: You haven’t done as we asked, and we’re firing you. You can’t be a judge anymore.
Moore: WE’LL SEE ABOUT THAT! HEY THERE ALABAMA!!! AS YOU CAN SEE, CHRISTIANS ARE BEING PERSECUTED FOR THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS! SEE HOW THE DEVIL WORSHIPING LIBERALS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARE TRYING TO REMOVE RELIGIOUS SYMBOLISM FROM ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE IN THIS DIXIE STATE’S LOCAL GOVERNMENT? FINE PEOPLE OF ALABAMA REELECT ME!
Alabama citizens: RIGHT ON, YOU’RE JUST WHAT WE NEED! YOU CAN BE THE SENATOR, MAYBE EVEN THE PRESIDENT AFTER TRUMP! WE AINT GONNA TAKE ANYMORE FROM THE YANKS!
(*IN 2001 THE PEOPLE OF ALABAMA REELECTED HIM AS CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE ALABAMA SUPREME COURT AFTER HE WAS FIRED AS A JUDGE*)
(1 month later)
MOORE: THE FIRST THING I’M GONNA DO IS PUT UP ANOTHER 10 COMMANDMENTS STATUE-
FEDERAL LAWSUIT: We already said you can’t do that-
MOORE: I DON’T CARE, I ALREADY DID IT, LOL-
US DISTRICT JUDGE: THAT VIOLATES THE ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE AND IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. TAKE IT DOWN-
MOORE: I’LL JUST APPEAL IT
11th CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS: TAKE IT DOWN. WE ARE GIVING YOU A DEADLINE
MOORE: I’LL DEFY YOU AND EVERYONE EXCEPT MY GOD. #VOTE_4_DIXIE_REBEL_JUDGE_2016.
(2003, 2 days after deadline to take them down, and 1 year after he was elected):
ALABAMA COURT OF THE JUDICIARY: YOU’RE FIRED (AGAIN)
MOORE: SEE! I’M BEING PERSECUTED! PEOPLE OF ALABAMA HELP ME CREATE A THEOCRACY!
(In 2012 Moore gets reelected as the chief judge of Alabama)
In 2015 the SPLC filed a complaint that he was encouraging state officials and judges to ignore federal court rulings overturning bans on same-sex marriage.
2016 – MOORE GETS SUSPENDED BY THE COURT OF THE JUDICIARY AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY OF SIX CHARGES, AND RESIGNS (THOUGH OF COURSE HE APPEALED IT)
MOORE: I WANT TO BE THE SENATOR
ALABAMA REPUBLICANS: RIGHT ON! YOU’RE A MAN OF GOD! WE CHOOSE YOU TO LEAD US AT THE PRIMARY!
-Moore plead guilty to the molestation in exchange for having 3 counts of possessing CP dismissed, and will face life in prison.
Some prominent Alabama pastors: JESUS FUCKED MARY AND SHE WASN’T EVEN 18. IT’S OKAY, WHAT HE DID WAS ‘BIBLICAL,’ AND JESUS SAID TO FORGIVE. HE MIGHT NOT BE PERFECT, BUT IT’S BETTER TO HAVE HIM THAN A LIBERAL BECAUSE HE HAS VALUES.
But that’s not all! Just read his biography and you’ll find out how insane he was even before this. (He was a liberal-hating demagogue and he wanted to push home-schooling at kindergarten to stop liberal education early, partly because he didn’t believe homosexuality was natural, or in evolution or climate change either.)
You know there is something badly wrong with our society when a homophobe and molester who defied direct orders from the Supreme Court repeatedly was still about to be elected as a senator, and that he was only rejected when it came out that he molested kids (and not for anything terrible that he said or did before that.) This man wanted to create a theocratic ethnostate, and no one from his party cared until someone said he raped them in the 70’s.
That’s the Republican character right now with their excessive preoccupation about sex rather than concern over general ethics and the welfare of the oppressed and unfortunate. Republicans and evangelicals don’t have a working moral compass, and when you don’t have morals you’re like a broken weather vane that’ll be buffeted by the wind.