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‘Jesus is wonderful’ – Alabama says NO to lunatic Roy Moore

‘Jesus is wonderful’ – Alabama says NO to lunatic Roy Moore

Yesterday voters in Alabama did something many thought impossible. They rejected Republican Roy Moore, left, a Christian fundamentalist, in favour of a pro-gay, abortion supporting Democrat, Doug Jones, right, for the US Senate.

The stunning result was nothing short of an embarrassment for President Donald Trump and a disaster for Republicans in Washington as the reliably red state of Alabama elected its first Democratic senator since the early 1990s.

According to the Guardian, Cal Zastrow, a friend of Moore who had come down from Michigan to volunteer for the campaign, tried to frame the results within a bigger picture.

I was cheering for him and supporting him but Jesus is wonderful whether Roy Moore wins or loses.

And, clearing lying, he added:

I’m not distressed. I’m not discouraged. Jesus is wonderful.

At Jones’ election night party hundreds of supporters, many waving signs, erupted in cheers at a hotel ballroom in Birmingham when, on giant TV screens, CNN declared the race for the Democrat. There were hugs, smiles, tears and chants of “We want Doug!” The raw emotion was evident.

John Parker, 26, a bartender, said:

I think it’s astounding and unprecedented in Alabama politics, and a response to what we’re seeing nationally. This is a direct response to President Trump. Roy Moore is unfit for any job, let alone [that of] a public servant. Alabama tonight voted for America.

Caitlin Barringer, 29, who works in healthcare, said:

We finally have a person who will represent all of Alabama. I can’t believe it’s taken this long for people to realise that Roy Moore is not what he says he is.

Looking at the media crews in the ballroom, she added:

I’m thankful everyone from all over the world is here and Alabama has shown we are so much more than closed-minded people.

LGBT communities in Alabama were especially jubilant over the Moore’s defeat. Last month, ahead of the election, Moore stood shoulder to shoulder with his staunchest religious allies at a rally in Birmingam, Alabama, to trash homosexuals.

This, from the Chicago Tribune:

Flanked by a huge sign for Moore’s Senate campaign, one supporter railed against the “LGBT mafia” and “homosexualist gay terrorism.” Another warned that “homosexual sodomy” destroys those who participate in it and the nations that allow it. And still another described same-sex marriage as “a mirage” because “it’s phony and fake.”

The gathering was designed to send a powerful message to the political world that religious conservatives across America remain committed to Moore, a Christian conservative and former judge whose Alabama Senate campaign has been rocked by mounting allegations of sexual misconduct.

The paper added:

The event also revealed an aggressive strain of homophobia rarely seen in mainstream politics — in recent years, at least.

Moore’s stand — combined with the fiery comments from his supporters – unnerved some in Birmingham’s relatively small LGBT community.

Said Mackenzie Gray, a 37-year-old who came out as transgender in 2010, said:

My fear with the religious leaders and the hateful rhetoric we’re hearing is that it’s going to start escalating into something even larger. It’s dangerous.

The state has been slow to embrace gay rights: 81 percent of voters supported a ban on same-sex marriage in 2006. Only neighboring Mississippi, with 86 percent, scored higher.

Patricia Todd, above, the state’s first openly gay state representative, says she has faced at least four death threats in recent years. One woman called Todd’s cell phone and vowed to kill her and her family, she said, noting that local LGBT leaders meet quarterly at the FBI office in Birmingham to help identify potential hate crimes.

It’s been brutal, but it’s gotten to the point where I just laugh at them.

But she’s wasn’t laughing at Moore.

It’s awful because he says the most hateful things.

In contrast to many conservative politicians with national ambitions, Moore made little attempt to change his tone on LGBT issues as equal rights for the gay community earned increasing acceptance among mainstream America.

Moore’s hero status among many Christian conservatives was cemented in 2016 when, as the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, he refused to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that legalised same-sex marriage nationwide. He was later suspended, the second time he was forcibly removed from the state Supreme Court.

Among those who supported Moore at the Birmingham rally was Rabbi Noson Leiter, above, who once called Hurricane Sandy’s destruction “divine justice” for same-sex marriage. He lashed out at:

Homosexualist gay terrorism. We need Judge Moore to stand up to the LGBT transgender mafia. We need someone with a proven record of facing off against the gay terrorists.

Another Moore supporter, Texas Christian activist Steven Hotze, warned in 2015 that children would be “encouraged to practice sodomy in kindergarten” as a result of same-sex marriage.

North Carolina-based Christian activist Flip Benham, who last year warned in a Charlotte City Council meeting that the policies that protect the civil rights of transgender people would trigger “bloodshed coursing down the corners of our streets”, said at the rally:

We’re praising everything that God says is wrong and will destroy you. Homosexual sodomy destroys those who participate in that behavior and nations that approve of it.

Benham then turned to Moore, who was sitting a few feet away with his wife and said:

You got the applause of heaven.

But, thankfully, this vile bigot did not get the what he and Trump wanted most: an endorsement for the Senate by Alabama voters.

23 responses to “‘Jesus is wonderful’ – Alabama says NO to lunatic Roy Moore”

  1. Broga says:

    Read and enjoy. I did.

  2. Frank says:

    They need to pray much harder … god obviously punished them. Serves then right.

  3. Lurker111 says:

    “Alabama says NO to lunatic Roy Moore”

    No. As close as this was, and as close as this should NOT have been, given an intelligent electorate (hah!), we should not be too happy. Relieved, yes; happy, no.

    The headline should be, “Alabama Avoids Soiling Itself, by a Nose.”

  4. Mohammed al bash says:

    lgbt is nothing but a shame to a nation that encourages it in the name of freedom.THe lgbt right activists are just bereave of reasoning.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    According to our resident village idiot Bob ‘Potty’ Hutton, elections are all rigged by god anyway and there’s nothing the poor old electorate can do to affect the outcome. In which case I guess he must be wondering why the lord almighty sided with Jones and threw his own man to the wolves in this one.

  6. Angela_K says:

    The empty and hateful rhetoric of the far-right religious fails again, just like their talking to the hands nonsense.

    I see we have another hard of thinking religious troll of the pedo-prophet type.

  7. AgentCormac says:

    @Mohammed al blah blah blah
    Fuck you very much for being such a wonderful human being.

  8. L.Long says:

    I was looking at the numbers and the only thing good is that a few rePUKEian voters realized that Moore was evil. Any decent rePUKEian would have won!The majority of AlaDAMNbama is still delusional & evil! Jones will most likely get nothing major done as the rePUKEians will block him just as they did Obama!

  9. John the Drunkard says:

    That it was so close is a scandal. But that Moore could have been put forth as a candidate by ANY party in the U.S. is the larger one. That it took a sex scandal to nobble him is horrifying.

    63% of White women in Alabama voted for Moore; 70% of White men—at least those are the numbers I’ve seen this morning.

    None of this happens without the unchecked power of the Xtian Right.

  10. Broga says:

    Mab: “THe lgbt right activists are just bereave of reasoning.”

    Do you want to try again to improve on that piece of illiteracy? You won’t be able to convey your spite and bigotry unless your readers – if any remain – can understand what you are trying to say.

  11. barriejohn says:

    John the Drunkard: There’s no doubt that Doug Jones won because he was massively supported by black voters – 96% of the African American vote overall.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/politics/alabama-exit-polls/?utm_term=.5c2ef5c30379#EDUCWHITE

    It is gratifying to see the increase in numbers of Alabamians identifying as liberal now, but worrying that such a high proportion of white college graduates could find Moore a suitable person to represent them!

  12. Dianne Leonard says:

    Just so we remember: Doug Jones was supported massively by African American voters (who overcame a huge vote suppression effort by Alabama cops, the republican party et al) because he was the one who prosecuted and put in jail two KKK members who bombed the Birmingham church in 1963 and killed four little Black girls. Young white voters were the only part of the white electorate who voted against Moore. Together Black and Millennial voters put Moore where he belongs–in the trash heap of history.

  13. Broga says:

    It looks as if in the USA, and increasingly here, that the trash enter politics and those with values keep well away. The result is that those in government are driven by bigotry and emotion. Trump being the prime example so far. Although from what our USA friends say here his deputy is even worse.

    Meanwhile, a mild panic, in the context of the massive crisis, is growing about the dire and deteriorating state of the environment. We are now choking ourselves and other creatures with plastic.

  14. barriejohn says:

    Broga: The following was posted today, but don’t let’s allow anything to interfere with our love affair with oil and its derivatives!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42330771

  15. JD says:

    I just don’t see the big deal, considering how Close the election was. It could have gone either way. So it’s not as if Redneck Central HQ just woke up to reality with an IQ boost or anything, if it wasn’t for the black vote, Moore would have won.

  16. AgentCormac says:

    @JD
    Surely the ‘big deal’ is that a formerly very, very safe GOP state has been flipped. How tight the end result was isn’t the issue. The ‘big deal’ is that the people of Alabama have given Moore, Bannon, Trump and all their neo-con, right-wing, evangelist fuckwits the finger.

    I’m also incredibly happy to see that democracy seems to have prevailed here in the UK too this evening, with MPs winning the right to veto any deal on Brexit. Who knows, maybe sanity is rearing its beautiful head again. Maybe.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42346192

  17. barriejohn says:

    JD: One year ago, Republicans took almost two votes to every one Democrat vote (Presidential and Senate).

    https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/alabama

  18. 1859 says:

    Any victory that challenges religious and political bigotry is to be welcomed. But let’s not kid ourselves, the fundamentalist right, given their track record, will not go away, lick their wounds and change their minds. Once their wounds are healed they’ll be back with Dog on their side.

    @M – al bash: Did you know that in London to ‘bash’ means to masturbate? In your case I think it would do you a lot of good. You might find it life-changing. Oh, and while we are exchanging pleasantries, I shit on the face of your prophet.

  19. Cali Ron says:

    Perhaps there is still hope for American. Alabama is one of the most conservative and evangelical states so to flip it for any reason is significant and it cuts the GOP majority in the Senate to 1. If Hilary could have done better with the black vote Trump wouldn’t be president which points a big finger of blame at her campaign. So I say dump Trump and let love rule.

  20. Robster says:

    Much praying madly, much failure. Guaranteed, every time. Will they ever get the message?

  21. Broga says:

    “children would be “encouraged to practice sodomy in kindergarten.”

    From a Texas Christian activist. Would that be physically possible by very young children? Kindergarten children all sodomising each other seems unlikely.

    barriejohn: Thanks for the article on the thawing arctic. Our politicians have little to say, and show little concern, for the wrecking of the planet. Trump is actually encouraging the destruction by allowing the oil and coal industries freedom to wreck while making money.

    Whatever the reservations about how it happened the failure of the low life Moore to be elected has to be good.

  22. sailor1031 says:

    Clearly Moore did not have doG’s approval. If he had so many alabama christians wouldn’t have voted against him. Next election it’ll be BAU and
    the republican wins. As L.Long says above any decent repub would have won.

  23. StephenJP says:

    Well, this is great news, and very encouraging, given the stories we have heard about Republican gerrymandering of voting districts and the obstacles they have put in the way of people such as African-Americans registering to vote. Imagine what might happen if there were a level playing field!

    Reading the bletherings of Moore and co, one has to wonder what they are afraid of. Do they think that if LGBT people are given equal rights, they will be faced with hordes of slavering homosexualists dying to wreak their wicked ways on them? If I were gay (which I am not), I would place the likes of Roy Moore and Rabbi Leiter a very long way down the list of potential soulmates.