Major political win for lunatic Christian judge Roy Moore
Roy Moore, 70, a former State Supreme Court chief justice and firebrand evangelical Christian, defeated Senator Luther Strange yesterday in the Republican runoff to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, now the Attorney General.
Moore, known as “the Ten Commandments Judge” will face the Democratic nominee, Doug Jones, a former United States attorney, in the general election on December 12.
In an opinion piece published last year, Al.com wrote:
We must recognize Moore for what he is – a two-bit politician wrapped in judicial robes, a grasper and attention-seeker with delusions of grandeur, a man who desperately wants to be Alabama’s governor and who has seriously considered himself as qualified to be president of these United States.
And it ran this cartoon:
Here, according to Al.com, what you need to know about the Alabama Senate GOP nominee:
• The victory is the latest chapter in Moore’s career, which began after he graduated the University of Alabama School of Law and returned to his hometown of Gadsden as an attorney. He made several unsuccessful political attempts – as well as spending time as a kickboxer and cowboy in the Australian Outback – before being appointed and later winning election to the circuit judgeship in Etowah County, Alabama. His election marked the first time a Republican had won a county-wide race since Reconstruction.
• After assuming the circuit judge bench, Moore had hung a homemade Ten Commandments plaque on the wall of his courtroom. Defendants in his court later complained about the religious display, as well as Moore’s practice of beginning the sessions with prayer. The ACLU sued Moore, who remained defiant against later court orders to remove the plaque.
• After gaining national attention for his stand on the Ten Commandments, Moore was urged to run for Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court, going on to defeat Associate Justice Harold See in the GOP primary and Democratic challenger Sharon Yates in the general election. He was sworn in on January 15, 2001.
• After taking office, Moore installed a 5,280-pound granite block that featured Constitutional quotes and two large tablets with the ten Commandments outside the state Judicial Building. The move prompted a lawsuit from the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center, among other groups, which Moore dismissed saying the ten Commandments were the “moral foundation of U.S. law” and therefore appropriate in a judicial setting.
• Court rulings later ordered Moore to remove the monument, though he remained defiant. Alabama’s Supreme Court voted to overrule Moore’s decision to disobey the court order and a complaint against him was filed with the Alabama Court of Judiciary. The COJ issued a unanimous ruling that Moore had violated the Canons of Judicial Ethics by defying the ruling and ordered the Chief Justice be removed from office in November 2003. The decision was upheld through several appeals.
• Moore sought the Republican nomination for Alabama governor in 2006 but lost to eventual winner Bob Riley. He ran for governor again in 2010, but placed fourth in the GOP primary.
• His next bid – this time to return as Chief Justice in 2013 – was successful. Moore was again elected in 2013 but served only three years before being suspended again, this time for directing probate judges to continue to enforce the state’s ban on same-sex marriage despite a US Supreme Court ruling. Moore appealed his removal but then opted to resign and announced he was running for the Senate to replace Jeff Sessions, who had been named US Attorney General.
Hat tip: AgentCormac and BarrieJohn