Alabama Senate Race Exposed America’s Extremism Plague

It has been interesting seeing the various commentaries about the stunning upset win in Alabama’s race for the Senate pitting a radical evangelical nut job against a former prosecutor and civil rights champion. Of course sane Americans, and some Republicans, likely breathed a sigh of relief that a deranged enemy of the United States Constitution will not get a taxpayer-funded trip to the Senate to lend his evangelical bona fides to “change Washington” into a theocracy. However, folks should hardly be celebrating much more than there are a few more decent Americans in Alabama than there are savage evangelical malcontents. The margin of victory informs that nearly half of Alabama’s voters are every bit as racist, religiously extreme, bigoted and un-American as the freak of nature they came close to sending to Washington.

The election results are not a commentary on the impending demise of extremism in Trump’s America as some have inferred. Believing otherwise is a very serious mistake and along the lines of thinking that Barack Obama’s first Presidential election victory in 2008 signaled an end of racism in America. The defeat of an evangelical hero like Roy Moore is going to incite the “fanatical faithful” to outrage like President Obama’s election incited the racists to come out of hiding and do their worst. Doug Jones’ victory is not going to do anything to curtail, much less stop, the raging religious extremists any more than President Obama’s wins signaled an end to racism.

Of course Mr. Jones victory is beyond “good news” for myriad reasons, but that good news is dependent on how Democrats maneuver in Trump’s America. Speaking of Trump, as other commenters have rightly noted, Doug Jones victory was as glaring a rebuke of Trump as it was a well-warranted slap in the face to his vile henchman Steve Bannon. It was also a temporary minor setback for the evangelical extremists who crawled out of their spiritual sewer with scriptural justifications to support a pervert pedophile; something they did in predictably large numbers that nearly propelled Moore to victory.

Remember, there were a significant number of Republican voters who “wrote in” a different candidate than Moore and those numbers were close to Mr. Jones’ margin of victory; that is really what should prevent Democrats from celebrating as if the nation has turned a corner on extremism. It hasn’t and the number of votes Moore received should sober up any victory-drunk Democrat because every one of those extremists who voted for Moore, like their cohorts nationwide, are not going away. If anything, they will regroup and come back with a vengeance as religious extremists are wont to do.

If America, and particularly Alabama, was not drowning in extremism, a piece of work like Roy Moore would have never been able to run as a viable candidate anywhere in the nation. Not only was Moore a viable candidate for Alabama Republicans, he garnered nearly half the votes in an election he would have lost by a huge margin in any “normal state.” Moore represents every extremist sect in America, and yet he still garnered the support of nearly half of Alabama voters because he is a racist, a bigot, an un-American, and a dangerous religious extremist.

Alabama extremists voted for Moore despite he was twice evicted from Alabama’s Supreme Court for rejecting the United States Constitution as the law of the land because it is not the Christian bible; almost half of Alabama voters wanted Moore to take that theocratic mindset to the Senate to “change Washington.

The same Republicans also voted for Moore despite his assertion that what the country needs is to “get rid of the Constitution’s Amendments after the Tenth” to eliminate many of the nation’s problems. In Moore’s mind, and apparently nearly half of Alabama voters, equal rights, women’s right to vote, abolition of slavery, non-white voting rights and the elimination of poll taxes pose a serious problem for America.  Even though Moore accepts the first Ten Amendments as “valid,” he concurs with former Alabama Senator and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the First Amendment’s “separation of church and state [clause] was never meant to separate god and government – this country was founded on god.”

Almost half of Alabama voters agree with Moore or they would never have supported sending him to “change Washington.” The evangelical extremists even went so far as claiming that it would be better to elect a pervert pedophile than a Democrat who supports a woman’s constitutional right to self-determination in making her own reproductive health choices. Without the unwavering evangelical extremist support, Moore would have never won the state’s primary or a second election to be Chief Justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court after being kicked off for being an evangelical extremist. That he came close to winning a Senate seat should give every American pause to reflect on the alarming number of Americans still supporting extremism.

There could hardly have been a more extreme candidate than Roy Moore and it is almost certain that any other slightly less extreme Republican would have cruised to victory; and that is not taking anything away from Doug Jones Herculean effort or his victory. Alabama is as dyed-in-the-wool Republican red as any state in the Union and without Moore’s extremist position on everything, it would have been an honest-to-dog miracle for any Democrat to win in Alabama. But Moore was, and is, the personification of extremism and that is what won him nearly half of the people’s vote; that is what is frightening because those evangelical extremists are not going away and they are nationwide.

Look, only demented evangelical fanatics and racists would support an un-American pervert like Roy Moore, and according to the voting numbers they make up about half the electorate in Alabama. Although it is true that a Democrat winning a Senate seat in Alabama, an uber-religious and traditionally extremely conservative state,  is phenomenal, it would be a giant mistake to believe the nation or Alabama has “turned the corner” on racism, bigotry and evangelical extremism because Moore lost a close election.

Remember, Roy Moore was as bad as a candidate as any fiction writer could concoct but he still  won half of the Alabama voters’ support; almost certainly on religious grounds. Although religious extremism was insufficient to defeat a Democrat in a deep red state, it should be a wake-up call for Democrats to start addressing what is one of greatest threats to this country and its Constitution; radical evangelical extremists. Those Alabama extremists came very close to sending one of their champions to the United States Senate to join a growing number GOP religious extremists with a view towards a theocracy. Roy Moore may be going away, but his radical religious base of support still exists and they infect the entire nation or Donald Trump would not be in the White House.

Senator-elect Doug Jones, and his brilliant campaign, deserve a world of credit for pulling out an unlikely victory; it was a victory for Alabama and a victory for America. However, any celebration should be tempered with the knowledge that the kind of racists, un-American, bigoted and religiously extreme voters who wanted Moore in the Senate are angry and laser-focused on revenge. Only an imbecile would think they are going away over the defeat of one of their own.

Alabama’s Evangelical Perverts Supporting Moore Is Abominable

A while back Foreign Policy featured a commentary asking rhetorically if America is a failing state, and although that is not the case yet, it is incrementally failing as a secular democracy created by the Founding Fathers. Nowhere in America is that more evident than in Alabama where the state is failing morally and endangering young girls’ well-being on religious grounds.

There is no other possible conclusion but that Alabama is suffering a complete moral break from reality when a serial pedophile claiming fundamentalist Christianity as his raison d’être makes him qualified to serve in the United States Senate.

That Roy Moore is even considered a viable candidate is intrinsically a damning indictment of the perverted Republican and evangelical voters in Alabama. That he continues gaining “value voters” support after the recent revelations he dated young girls as a 32-year-old man is very revealing about the perverse mindset among many Alabama residents.

It should not be a surprise to any conscious American that Alabama evangelicals ardently support a perverted pedophile and avowed enemy of the United States Constitution for a seat in the United States Senate. These are typical hard-line evangelicals that will excuse any immoral and flagrantly heinous act if they believe their dream of an American theocracy can be hastened to fruition. And the idea that a pedophile is available to advance their “dream nation” scenario not only emboldens evangelicals,  a recent poll revealed that close to 40 percent of evangelicals are more likely to vote for Moore now because of his sexual abuse of young girls.

Moore all but admitted the pedophilia charges are true when he boasted that yes, as a 32-year-old man he did date teenage girls, a lot of them, when he was in a position of authority as a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office. What makes the situation even worse, for all Alabama residents, is that while Moore was a prosecuting attorney it was common knowledge that he was a hunter seeking out teenaged girls.

According to Teresa Jones, a co-worker of Moore’s during his time as a prosecuting attorney, his craving for young girls was well-known and yet no-one dared even approach him about the issue, much less charge him. Ms. Jones wrote in the Gadsden Times that while she was with the Etowah County District Attorney’s Office with Moore, “it was common knowledge that he pursued teenage girls.” Moore was 32 years old at the time.

The immediate question any sane human being would ask is: what the Hell is wrong with a district attorney’s office that condones one of their prosecuting attorneys’ violations of Alabama’s sexual abuse laws, especially laws enacted to protect young girls from adult male sexual predators like Moore?

In an attempt to answer why Moore was allowed to pursue young girls, Jones only damned every district attorney employee aware of the “common knowledge” that a fellow adult male employee was seeking out young girls with literal impunity. She said:

As a Deputy DA in Gadsden when Roy Moore was there, it was common knowledge about Roy’s propensity for teenage girls. I’m appalled that these women are being skewered for the truth.

Right wing malcontent activists like Breitbart have launched a campaign to besmirch the women who have come forward as is typical in America’s patriarchal society; it’s always the woman victim who ends up being demonized. And if one Alabama Republican had his way, the victims would be facing criminal prosecution – for being teenage victims of a good clean Christian man. These Republican and evangelical enablers in Alabama are a seriously demented and perverse group; sadly, Alabama is in America and not a 12th Century barbarian nation.

Ms. Jones also told CNN that everyone knew the Christian fundamentalist Moore often went to high school events and other local teenage hangouts trolling for victims.

It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird…We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and the mall.

Jones reiterated that her and her co-workers “thought the situation was odd,” but “you really wouldn’t say anything to someone like that.” She also posted, on Twitter, a reply to why she didn’t bring charges against Moore:

At that time, in that atmosphere unless the girls came forward with specifics, then no, no charges could have been brought. The Weinstein, Hoffman, etc. revelations have made it far more palatable for women to come forward.” 

 It’s about now that one has to call bullshit. If Ms. Jones and her fellow prosecuting district attorneys were not covering for a co-worker’s sexual deviancy, then they would have used their authority to investigate what was “common knowledge” and charge Moore with a crime. According to the Gadsden Times:

The legal age of consent in Alabama is 16. Under Alabama law in 1979, and today, a person who is at least 19 years old who has sexual contact with someone between 12 and 16 years old has committed sexual abuse in the second degree. Sexual contact is defined as touching of sexual or intimate parts. The crime is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.

The law then and now also includes a section on enticing a child younger than 16 to enter a home with the purpose of proposing sexual intercourse or fondling of sexual and genital parts. That is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.”

The then-14 year-old victim’s account of Moore’s sexual predation certainly meets the conditions on both counts. If any one of the fine upstanding district attorneys had an ounce of decency when it was “common knowledge” about Moore’s propensity for “dating” young girls, then they would, and should, have investigated Moore, filed charges, and sent the evangelical creep to jail; but they didn’t. Their excuse that “You really wouldn’t say anything to someone like that” is as pathetic as Moore trolling for teenage girls at the local mall.

The tragedy of this horrific story isn’t that yet another self-professed “holier-than-thou” evangelical is accused of molesting girls, or that the victims are being “raped” again by right wing cretins and evangelical Republicans; it is what always happens. The tragedy is that Moore has any support whatsoever to sit in a position of authority to infect the federal government with  “his brand” of Christianity.

For dog’s sake, just the idea that Alabama evangelicals are “more likely” to support Moore after sexual abuse allegations speaks volumes about exactly what kind of sick, twisted moral compass these so-called Alabama Christians embrace. And no, their archaic bible does not promote pedophilia no matter the age disparity of Jesus’ and John the Baptist’s parents. Only a sick evangelical Republican would conjure  up “biblical” justification for Moore’s predilection for chasing young girls.

It is true that most Americans are appalled at these revelations and even former presidential candidate Willard “Mitt” Romney called for Moore to get out of the race because “he believes” the victims regardless of Moore’s religious bona fides. This morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined Willard saying he too believed the girls’ allegations and demanded that Moore step aside. Moore replied that McConnell is the one that has to go because he’s not a pure Christian conservative like Moore.

No doubt both McConnell and Romney, like every Alabama resident, are well aware that Moore is unqualified and was already evicted from the Alabama Supreme Court twice because his religious conviction informs him the Christian bible, and not the U.S. Constitution, is the law of the land. Still, Moore has unwavering support from “the faithful” that regard themselves as “the real Americans” because they are evangelicals. They ardently believe, like Moore, that their archaic scriptures supersede the Constitution and that a 32 year-old man abusing teenage girls is acceptable.

The longer this atrocity goes on the worse it looks for Alabama voters supporting Moore when they know the kind of sexually deviant creep he is and yet support him on religious grounds. But Alabama voters also supported Jeff Sessions despite his public claim that the Separation Clause in the First Amendment is “unconstitutional.” Something is seriously wrong with Alabama voters.

It is glaringly apparent that putting theocrats in the federal government, even if they are pedophiles, is how Alabama Republicans intend on doing their part to make America a great theocracy. These are some sick people and it is an abomination they are Americans and a nasty joke that they call themselves Christians. They are typical patriarchal conservatives and another one of their heroes in the Senate portends danger for American women and a quick path to “Gilead.”