Sunday, September 3, 2017

Some Truths/Clarifications about Roy Moore

We've seen some extremely negative ads about Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore recently. We personally don't like negative ads, but are they untrue? Let's look at some facts about Moore that are and are not included in the ads.

1. Is Roy Moore entitled to be called a judge? We've seen this in many elections by a great many candidates and had no idea. The answer we found is very interesting in that it applies to so many people. If someone retires from office, as in retires completely, he or she is entitled to be called "Judge, Senator, Representative, etc." If the person retires and continues to work in some manner, he or she is not entitled to be called by that title. We assume political ads could correctly use the expression "Former Judge Roy Moore." 

2. Did Roy Moore and his wife take over one million dollars from the Foundation for Moral Law? Yes, but over a nine year period. Their combined salaries and travel expenses amounted to (on average) just under $115,000.00 a year. Is this an overly large salary to be paid by a charity? We leave that to our readers' individual discretion.

3. Does Roy Moore use private jets for his charity travel? Yes and no. There has been, as far as we know, only one such incident documented. Moore hired a private jet to take him from Montgomery to Pensacola for which the Foundation for Moral Law paid an undisclosed sum (by undisclosed, we mean the figure is not readily available online).

4. Did Roy Moore really question Alabama's mad cow disease outbreak as political? A resounding yes to that. The first documented case of this disease in Alabama occurred in 2006 at a time the federal government was attempting to implement an interstate tracking system. Two more cases rapidly followed, and Moore openly questioned the state veterinarian Tony Frazier's truthfulness. Even Ron Sparks weighed in on Moore's bizarre behavior in calling members of Alabama government "liars."

5. Did Roy Moore actually tell acting Chief Justice Houston Gorman Jr. that he was going to Hell and that Gorman could not ever redeem himself in God's eyes? Another resounding yes. Houston's crime? He covered the Ten Commandments that Moore had placed in the state supreme court building. 

6. When did Roy Moore install the Ten Commandments monument in the supreme court building? The date was August 2003; however, he did it at night and the only news outlet he called to cover the event was a "conservative" religious cable channel. 

7. Did Roy Moore say some northern states practiced Sharia law? Yes. He stated in a Vox interview that "There are communities under Sharia law right now in our country. Up in Illinois. Christian communities; I don’t know if they may be Muslim communities." For the record, Moore later backtracked on this statement when questioned about it. While some communities, especially in Europe, have roving gangs of Muslim thugs attempting to enforce Sharia law, there's no community in the United States where the government is under Sharia law.

8. Did Roy Moore slander a drag queen? That would depend on the definition of slander. Just as with the mad cow and Sharia law statements, Moore made a statement that wasn't true. He became embroiled with a male entertainer who performs as a female in what's commonly called a drag queen show. Of eight speakers at a rally against Moore, including ministers and various businesspeople, the former chief justice singled out Starling as the "ring leader." He stated in a speech that "Ambroisa Starling" was performing same sex wedding ceremonies at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Tuscaloosa in January 2016. The U.U. minister of the church states that while Starling was there, she in no way took part in any ceremonies. Why would this not be slander? Slander has to actually hurt a person monetarily or socially, and Starling would have to prove this. Slander or not, it was totally untrue.

9. Is Roy Moore a more immoral candidate than Luther Stange? This is not a question that can be answered in any empirical way. Our personal opinion is yes, but each voter has to make up his/her own mind. If any reader disagrees with any facts presented here, we will be more than happy to publish your rebuttal.

See you at the polls!

1 comment:

  1. Why would anyone vote for a person who everytime he is elected, he is removed from office for refusing to do his job?