Whenever I’ve argued with people that religion serves no purpose, they’ve argued back that on the contrary, it helps provide stability to those who need it. We could very well just leave it at that and in most cases, I generally agree and generally do. But all that gets chucked out the window when you realize that one should never trust an indoctrinator.
This is the case when it comes to the Republican candidate to represent Alabama for the US Senate, Roy Moore. It is in this case that religion provides him with the stability he needs to pad his criminal intentions and therefore, be more accessible to voters who claim the moral high-ground. We see this clearly in light of the recent allegations reported by the Washington Post that Roy Moore was a pedophile.
The keyword here is “was” because there’s no indication that he still is. The report revealed that the claims by the victims go back to the late seventies, forty-years ago since the candidate was “dating” younger girls. In fact, Roy Moore vehemently denied that the allegations were true when the report was first released.
The former Chief Justice for the Alabama Supreme Court actually released a statement of denial right before the report was published in order to “head the allegations off at the pass.” But the next day, he admitted to knowing some of the women who had come forward and admitted to dating younger women when he was in his 30s but denied knowing the one woman who accused him of sexual assault when she was 14-years-old.
Roy Moore is one of the many Trump-style politicians who threaten America with their extreme brand of religious conservatism. Moore has the support of a vile peddler of conservative extremism via Breitbart News, Steve Bannon; who has promised to wage war against “establishment” Republicans using candidates like Moore. While Bannon hasn’t been known to promote his faith, Roy Moore has.
This is, of course, assuming that the former judge actually has a faith that he isn’t using to advance his agenda. But we see less evidence of this with the candidate and his supporters coming out to defend him against the allegations using Bible scripture to do so. The state auditor Jim Ziegler defended Moore’s pedophilia saying to the Washington Examiner that there was also an age gap with Jesus’ parents where Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult.
Ziegler obviously made the reference because he knew that his argument would dare the indoctrinated to challenge Moore’s sexual encounters. Those criticizing Jesus — much less Jesus’ parents — risk being stigmatized by their communities and so Ziegler’s comment effectively divides voters.
But anyone willing to challenge this should be able to defy Ziegler’s statement by acknowledging that Mary and Joseph are nothing more than fictional characters. Ziegler nonetheless, used the comparison to say that there was nothing immoral or illegal, even though such alleged encounters are illegal throughout Alabama and everywhere else if not frowned upon.
Moore using religion to defend criminal acts is familiar territory for him as he defied the federal court as a judge when he was ordered to remove a Ten Commandments monument. Then, Chief Justice, Moore commissioned the monument to have it put in front of the Alabama Judicial Building.
A district court judge said that the monument put up by the “Ayatollah of Alabama” (a nickname he’s earned by his critics – also, my phrase and not the judge’s) violated the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment of the Constitution. The Chief Justice’s refused to remove it defied a federal court order and he was removed from his position by the state’s Court of the Judiciary.
Running to religion for safety is also much like Kevin Spacey running to the gay community as a safe haven over recent allegations of pedophilia. Much like Moore, the initial reports on Spacey go back decades. Thanks to the common statute of limitations, many of these acts would have happened too long ago to have any legal impact today.
But social stigma seems to be picking up the slack, sending people like Moore and Spacey to scramble for their safe havens. Others across different industries have lost their powerful positions due to many sexual allegations against them, no matter how old the allegations are.
And while we’ve seen a dramatic push-back from the gay community with regards to Spacey, the religious community is allowing itself to be manipulated by the defense for Roy Moore, undeniable proof that nothing good comes out of a belief that defends pedophilia.