Roy Moore’s WTF Argument

From the annals of WTF, on two different levels. The first level of WTF is that a group of right-wing black ministers gave Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore an award named after Martin Luther King. And if that isn’t enough to make you mutter to yourself, wait to you hear the claim that Moore made in his acceptance speech.

Moore said the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson – recognized as one of the worst in American history – could be applied to the same-sex marriage case the court will consider later this month.

However, he argued that federal courts should respect state laws by quoting from the dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson, not the justices’ ruling – although he did not make that clear.

“‘There is a dangerous tendency in these latter days to enlarge the function of the courts by means of judicial interference with the will of the people as expressed by the legislature’” Moore said, quoting from the dissent. “‘In my opinion the judgment this day rendered will’ – he’s talking about the judgment in Plessy v. Ferguson, which said they could not sit on the train cars – ‘in my opinion the judgment this day rendered will in time prove to be quite as pernicious as the decision as the decision made by this tribunal in the Dred Scott case.’”

He argued that federal courts should respect state laws and leave them in place while simultaneously claiming that a Supreme Court ruling that did exactly that was wrongly decided. Plessy involved a state law in Louisiana that required blacks and whites to ride in separate cars on trains and the majority upheld that law. The court did exactly what Moore demands, refused to overturn a state law that enforced discrimination. Seriously, WTF? And how the hell can a group of black pastors give an award named after Martin Luther King to a guy who is arguing in favor of nullification and interposition, the very concepts King spent his life fighting against?

It’s truly astonishing how the right wing has invented an alternate reality that is the precise opposite of the real world. It’s like they live in bizarro world.

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  • theguy

    “It’s truly astonishing how the right wing has invented an alternate reality”

    It’s a little easier if you realize that Moore has no principles at all; he merely wants the state to execute gay people, and he’ll use whatever arguments it takes to get there.

  • Akira MacKenzie

    And how the hell can a group of black pastors give an award named after Martin Luther King to a guy who is arguing in favor of nullification and interposition, the very concepts King spent his life fighting against?

    Simple, because black Christians can ignore history and the lessons it teaches to satisfy their faith-and-machismo-fueled bigotry and be just as homophobic as the Caucasian Christians.

  • John Pieret

    It’s like they live in bizarro world.

    “Like”?

  • dobby

    “Marriage isn’t based on love,” he said. “Marriage is based on the law.”

    WTFH?

  • grumpyoldfart

    It’s truly astonishing how the right wing has (blah blah blah)

    I’ll tell you what is truly astonishing: that your education system is operating so poorly that it has produced tens of millions of people who are dumb enough to accept the right wing clap-trap.

  • Michael Heath

    grumpyoldfart writes:

    I’ll tell you what is truly astonishing: that your [U.S.?] education system is operating so poorly that it has produced tens of millions of people who are dumb enough to accept the right wing clap-trap.

    Plus the additional millions that reject conservative Christian policy objectives but either lack the critical thinking skills necessary to disassociate themselves with them, or lack the integrity to do so.

  • some bastard on the internet

    The first level of WTF is that a group of right-wing black ministers gave Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore an award named after Martin Luther King.

    I almost didn’t want to see what came after that.

    What’s next, the Israeli Prime Minister posthumously giving Adolf Hitler an award for religious freedom?