May 22, 2010

Idiot of the Week: Roy Moore

Roy MooreOh, you remember Roy Moore! He's the former Alabama circuit court judge who also ran for governor of that state. But you know him mainly as the "Ten Commandments judge." He's the one who became notorious for battling the federal government over his display of a homemade plaque of the Ten Commandments in his courtroom. This should have been career-killing publicity, but not in Alabama. It propelled Moore to win chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000. And what did he do with his newfound power? You guessed it - he placed a granite monument of the Ten Commandments in the lobby of a state building. And then he refused to comply with the order of a federal judge that he remove it, costing him his job.

Since that time, Moore has been leading the Alabama-based Foundation for Moral Law. And in 2010, he will run for Alabama governor again. Yes that's right, being kicked off the court does not necessarily disqualify him for office.

As you can see, Moore has some pretty impressive idiot credentials.
But what did he do or say this week? According to Right Wing Watch, Moore led it slip that he plans to institute "God's law" in Alabama if he wins. But here's the part that qualifies Moore for this week's award:
Moore said the U.S. has the best form of government that has ever existed and one firmly founded on a belief in God as the source of basic rights.

“President after president have recognized that our constitution exists because there is a God,” he said.

Moore also said the happiness mentioned in the Declaration of Independence is synonymous with the idea of justice as defined in the Bible.

“You can’t be happy if you don’t follow God’s laws,” he said. “If you follow God’s law, you can’t help but be happy.”
Once a theocrat, always a theocrat I suppose. I hope the reality-based community in Alabama can keep this guy out of office.