Roy Moore: Still a Theocrat

The Christian News Network has a report on the swearing-in of Roy Moore as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for the second time, after he was booted out of office the first time for refusing to comply with a federal court order. He made sure everyone knows that he is still a theocrat:

“We’ve got to remember that most of what we do in court comes from some Scripture or is backed by Scripture,” Moore told the overflow audience, some of who watched from another room on closed circuit television.

According to reports, Moore explained that the court system was created by God, and that the basis for law is outlined in the Book of Deuteronomy. He quoted from Founding Fathers Madison and Washington as well, and talked about the importance of acknowledging God, just as he did in 2003 when he was removed from the bench.

“It was right then to acknowledge God,” Moore said. “And it will continue to be so.”

And it probably goes without saying that this is all God’s will:

He had also run for governor two years prior, but lost in the primaries. He thanked the now Governor Robert Bentley for beating him in the race on Friday.

“If he hadn’t beaten me, I wouldn’t be here today,” Moore remarked, recognizing the hand of God.

Of course. Every theocrat thinks God put him in power for the purpose of creating theocracy.

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  • erichoug

    @ D.C. Sessions

    OK, I am starting to see your point.

  • stever

    How could a declared enemy of the Constitution take the oath of office (see Article 6) in good faith? The current form of the oath (per Wikipedia) is:

    I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. [So help me God.]

  • Though they brought this on themselves, the people of Alabama have my deepest sympathies. And I wish anyone who doesn’t subscribe to Moore’s particular brand of Christianity the best of luck should they find themselves bringing a case before the Al Supreme Court.

  • Wanna bet he got his Madison and Washington quotes from David Barton?

  • TGAP Dad

    Every theocrat thinks God put him in power for the purpose of creating theocracy.

    Just so everyone knows, this is not mere hyperbole. This is actually how these people think.

    I highly recommend Jeff Sharlit’s fantastic Harper’s article Jesus Plus Nothing to get a more insightful view of the whole chosen-by-god mindset. He was reporting pseudo-undercover for Harper’s on the then-shadowy organization known as “The Family.” Informative AND scary.

  • It is a pity that the Alabama Bar Association didn’t pull his credentials for willful disregard of state and federal law. I believe that would have disqualified him from holding any judgeship in the state.

  • meursalt


    Some judge positions in Alabama are elected and don’t have any educational or licensing requirements. Some have residency requirements, and require that the judge be under 70 years of age when taking office. I’m thinking specifically of probate judges, but this may be true of some others. IANAL. The Supreme court positions are a little more stringent and do have licensing requirements.

    I’m really not sure what would be required to have the state bar association revoke a license. However, I am fairly confident that disobeying federal law or federal court orders wouldn’t mean automatic license revocation. Congress and the federal courts can’t be trusted to respect states’ rights, and all that, you know. To our credit, the Alabama legislature opposed the Nullification doctrine in the 1830’s, but sentiment toward the federal government underwent a bit of a shift in the 1860’s and beyond.

    Off-topic, I’m experiencing similar layout or style issues with FTB as Josh, OSG. The preview button doesn’t work, and on my iPhone I randomly get either the full site or mobile layout. When the mobile layout appears, the “full site” link doesn’t work. I can live with the issues, but I thought I’d chime in since Josh has said something several times and I haven’t seen anyone else complaining.