Isn’t it incredible that Christian conservatives never get upset about actual activist judges like Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore?
Late tonight, Moore ordered all probate judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses tomorrow, the first day gay marriage is legal throughout the state. What happens now is still up for debate, but it could very well be the second time Moore loses his job over his Constitution-be-damned philosophy that places the Bible above our laws.
Recently, Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald explained the discrepancy (or lack thereof) between Moore’s old high-paying job and his current high-power one — which have far too much overlap as far as he’s concerned:
… In 2011, the year before he ran and won the office of Chief Justice for the second time, Moore held a 20-hour a week gig at the non-profit that still counts Moore’s wife Kayla as president.
The stated mission of that organization — the Foundation for Moral Law Inc. — is to “Educate the public and promote current litigation aimed at moral and religious issues,” according to the organization’s IRS forms. It exists to “restore the knowledge of God in law and government and to acknowledge and defend the truth that man is endowed with rights, not by our fellow man, but by God.”
Which sounds an awful lot like what Moore is doing right now.
My point is that Roy Moore left a high-paying job in which he was hired to restore the notion that God and law go hand in hand, no matter what the U.S. Courts say, in order to take a publicly paid and duly sworn job oversee Alabama’s highest court, and has used that job to continue to try and restore the notion that God and the law walk hand in hand, no matter what the U.S. Courts say.
This is the same justice who was booted from the high court the first time because he refused to remove a Ten Commandments monument he installed in the courthouse. Tonight’s news comes days after he told probate judges they didn’t have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday. That suggestion is now an order.
If a more progressive justice — certainly one with as much power as Moore does — attempted to defy the law even a fraction as much as Moore has done throughout his career, there would be nonstop complaints and protests from the Religious Right.
But because he’s on their side, conservative Christians are rooting him on. They’re praising his defiance of a law they believe challenges their liberties because it doesn’t treat Christianity better than every other form of belief. Neutrality is offensive to them.
Let’s see how many Christians will side against Moore after this stunt of his. He’s been a Christian “martyr” before and no doubt he hopes to be that guy again on a much bigger stage.
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