Roy Moore, a man for whom the separation of church and state is someone’s idea of a sick joke, announced yesterday that he will be resigning from his position as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in order to run for the United States Senate.
You may recall the circus what surrounded calling the special election:
Governor Robert J. Bentley chose Luther Strange, the Attorney General of Alabama, to succeed Sessions, filling the seat until the special election takes place. Although he had the power to schedule an election in 2017, Bentley initially decided to align it with the 2018 general election, before Kay Ivey, his successor, later moved the date up to December 12, 2017, scheduling the primary for August 15 and primary runoff for September 26.
In any case, Moore is running. At a rally to announce his intentions he said this: “My position has always been God first, family then country.” And this: “I share the vision of President Donald Trump to make America great again.” And this: “Before we can make America great again, we’ve got to make America good again.”
It’s more than a little ironic that a man who ignores the parts of the Constitution he dislikes should says, “We’ve got to understand that getting back to the Constitution, getting back to its restraints, are what we need in this country to make it great again.”
Also running are Luther Strange, the former Alabama attorney general, state Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, and Dr. Randy Brinson, president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama have announced they are running.
Those considering entering the Republican primary include: Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, Sens. Slade Blackwell and Trip Pittman and former state Rep. Perry Hooper Jr.
Also last week, a special Alabama Supreme Court upheld the decision suspending Moore from his position for the remainder of his term. The Court of the Judiciary found that Moore violated judicial ethics by telling probate judges in a January 2016 administrative order that they still had a duty to uphold Alabama’s laws against gay marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court had legalized gay marriage in June 2015.
“I have done my duty under the laws of this state to stand for the undeniable truth that God ordained marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Moore said then.
Moore, 70, cannot seek another term on the state Supreme Court due to age restrictions
You may remember the “Court of the Judiciary removed Moore from the chief justice’s office in 2003 for refusing to follow a federal judge’s order to remove a Ten Commandments monument Moore had placed in the state judicial building.”
If it was up to this prince of a man, America would be a full-on theocracy, and we’d all have our asses hauled off to Sunday school at the point of a gun.