Apparently one can become the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court while being either incredibly ignorant of the law or a blatant liar about the law, because Roy Moore falsely told Time magazine that failing to stand for the national anthem is against the law.
In an interview with TIME magazine, the Alabama Republican argued that NFL players and others who have protested police violence are violating a section of the U.S. code which outlines how people should conduct themselves when the anthem is played. (The code merely outlines proper etiquette, and there are no legal penalties outlined in the law.)
“It’s against the law, you know that?” he said. “It was a act of Congress that every man stand and put their hand over their heart. That’s the law.”
No, it was an act of Congress to suggest to people that they should do that. It’s part of the US Flag Code, which is purely advisory and carries no actual force of law. But guess what? If it did, you know who would be violating that law? Moore’s buddy David Barton, who regularly wears an American flag shirt for his public appearances. The flag code says that the flag “should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.” Anyone remember when Moore demanded that he stop doing so because “that’s the law”? Me neither.
“I back the President in upholding respect for the patriotism for our country, on two grounds,” he said. “One, it’s respect for the law. If we don’t respect the law, what kind of country are we going to have? Two, it’s respect for those who have fallen and given the ultimate sacrifice. I’m surprised that no one brought this up.”
He added that it’s a matter of the “the rule of law.””If they didn’t have it in there, it would just be tradition. But this is law,” he said. “If we disobey this, what else are we going to disobey?
Oh, I don’t know. Maybe people would begin to ignore valid federal court orders, as you were removed from the bench twice for doing in the last 15 years. Funny how the rule of law is suddenly so important to Moore after a lifetime spent ignoring it.