Alabama Chief Justice-Elect Roy Moore: ‘Evolution Has So Distorted Our Way of Thinking’

Roy Moore, as you might recall, is the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. During his tenure, he made national headlines when he illegally installed a Ten Commandments monument into the courthouse. He was removed from office for his actions.

This past November, though, he was rewarded for his crimes and re-elected to his position atop the state’s judicial food chain.

It’s very clear that he hasn’t changed his way of thinking. He’s just as much a Christianist now as he was before and an interview he recently did with “City On A Hill Radio” only proves the point.

Listen to Moore talk about how teaching people about evolution has ruined our country:

Host Barbara Moore: Judge Moore I want to ask you, as you read the United States Constitution you can see that biblical concepts and precepts are within that Constitution, everything from separation of powers because of the sinful nature of man, and I would think that any Bible believing Christian would feel that when they look at our United States Constitution, wouldn’t you say?

Roy Moore: I think they don’t and I think there’s a reason they don’t and I think the reason like you see it maybe because you’ve studied a little bit but I think it’s not evident to those who have lost the knowledge of God. What I mean to say by that is you know we started by teaching history at the beginning of the program and it’s like going to football games and seeing who wins and who loses and going to football games and forgetting the rules. If you know the rules it makes the game more interesting because you know there is some way they get to the end of the game and win or lose and you got to go by the rules. We’re not going by the rules because we don’t think the rules matter anymore.

Evolution has so distorted our way of thinking. It’s not just about where we came from. Of course, we know we were created but they say we evolved from whatever, something out of the ocean, you’ve got to understand that evolution affects your mental processes. When you think you have evolved then you think you’re better than those who have gone before you. If you’re better than those who have gone before you then you won’t make the same mistakes, you won’t think the same way, you know better, you’re smarter. The point is, human nature doesn’t change and human nature is what the Constitution sought to restrain.

Man, it’s a good thing Creationists are never guilty of thinking they’re better than everyone else…

The whole notion that evolution makes you “better” or less prone to making certain mistakes is ludicrous. That’s the type of explanation you would only get from someone who has no clue what he’s talking about. And yet, Moore confidently passes judgment on it. Taking a firm stance on something you know nothing about is pretty much the one quality a judge shouldn’t have, yet Moore is (once again) going to be the Chief Justice.

This man doesn’t give a damn about hearing evidence or remaining impartial. When it comes to gay rights, church/state separation, or any other social issue Christians have been known to take stands on, he’s already made up his mind: The Bible trumps any possible interpretation of the Constitution.

(via Right Wing Watch)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DocMonkey Mick Wright

    Yeah, it’d be terrible if we thought we knew more than the people who came before us. Germs, heliocentrism, gravity, astrophysics…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-De-Fleuriot/611844223 Mike De Fleuriot

    More science in school will kill off this dumb thinking.

  • Good and Godless

    Evolution has distorted (read enhanced) my thinking, I am better than those who have gone before me in general. Sure I can’t wiggle my ears and “Yes” still I like climbing trees, i do not think poop is an interactive object and I will not allow whomever makes the biggest noise to be in charge.

  • Pat

    Moore himself is damn strong evidence that we are apes.

    • Stev84

      Why do you have to insult apes? They are far more intelligent than him

  • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

    Moore is wrong on numerous points.

    1. Evolutional change doesn’t mean that current is “better” in any absolute sense. It only means that current life forms are the result of selective pressure that occurred in the distant past. Since both organisms and their environment change over the eons, there is no grantee that current organisms are “better” even in this environment than those that came before us.

    2. Evolution occurs very slowly. To compare ourselves with other pre-existing species that are meaningfully different, one has to go back a very long time. Definitely before recorded history.

    3. In talking about the “rules of the game” he is talking about the Christian notion of life her on Earth being a testing period in order to be judged for which place you get to go in a Christian defined afterlife. These “rules of the game” only apply to the Christian religion and probably only certain subsets of the Christina religion as that. For the highest judge in a state to have these thoughts is quite unbecoming. Does he not realize that even in the relatively homogeneous state of Alabama, that there are diverse people with different beliefs?

    • cipher

      Does he not realize that even in the relatively homogeneous state of
      Alabama, that there are diverse people with different beliefs?

      You know, I really don’t think there are.

      • http://www.constitutionaldaily.com bl1y

        There are Alabama fans, and there are Auburn fans.

        Ooops, as of this year there are only Alabama fans.

  • SphericalBunny

    I would personally be horribly worried if I were openly atheist and ended up in his court accused of a crime by someone openly Xtian…

  • Kristylyn

    What does this say about the people who voted for him?

    • SeekerLancer

      It says they live in Alabama and vote straight republican and don’t really care.

  • Chris Kilroy

    As an Alabamian, I am sorry that the rest of you have to listen to this kind of stupid from our state. I was pleased when he was ousted from power and disbarred. I am ashamed that the majority my fellow citizens felt it appropriate to put him back in power. I’m not surprised sadly. This guy is not just a power-hungry theocrat and a complete ignoramus, but he is a complete ass. He is even more so in person than he seems in these interviews. Our state has a long way to go. Sadly, his view expressed here, represents a lot of people in this state – hell even in many parts of America.

    • Cecelia Baines

      He certainly is no Atticus Finch.

  • Gus Snarp

    This clown is still around? And got a promotion? I think I’m going to avoid Alabama even more assiduously now.

    • http://www.flickr.com/groups/invisiblepinkunicorn Anna

      That was my first thought, LOL. Remind me never to visit Alabama!

  • Cecelia Baines

    Here is the solution….round up ALL the gun-nuts and freaks, along with all the freaky-deaky Xian and religious zealots. Give back Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Oklahoma and then erect a huge wall/containment system.

    Send them all to the newly seceded country, give them all guns, seal the border and let them sort it out. No one from the newly formed country of “Dumbfuckistan” will be allowed passage into the United States.

    We take the oil. We do not defend them against Mexico.

    Problem solved.

    See how the evolve out of that.

    • Crazy Russian

      And the difference between that and suggesting to round up all gay people and put them in concentration camps is…

      • Cecelia Baines

        The world will be a better place if we enact my plan.

        • cipher

          I actually would isolate them, but I wouldn’t arm them. Make them comfortable, but don’t let them vote and don’t allow them to reproduce.

  • Octoberfurst

    I find it hard to believe that the people elected Moore. He is such a raving lunatic.

  • TheG

    Am I the only one here who supports his statement? I think this is fantastic and encourage him to speak out like this more!

    Of course, he will then have to recuse himself on any case that has to do with state/church separation, education, science, discrimination…

    We will never have to worry about an Alabama citizen actually getting a BS ruling from him. Every time he says things like this, he is limiting further any influence and power he might have.

  • Guest

    First of all, that picture is incredibly creepy.

    Secondly, this kind of thinking is scary, and the fact that he is in a position of power is even more scary. Ugh.

  • Tainda

    Of course he thinks that way, look at that forehead! He’s Neanderthal.

  • C Peterson

    He’s almost right about one thing: evolution has distorted our way of thinking. Distorted it from what it was before evolutionary pressures expanded our cortex (Eat. Run. Sleep. Screw.) to what it is today (contemplating art, science, and beauty).

    The sad thing about the likes of Moore is that they have the same brains that evolution provided all humans, and they choose not to use them as fully as possible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509794993 Orson Sedmina

    Forget about all the crazy in him; wasn’t he in L&O: SVU the other night?

  • greg1466

    Wow. That’s Sarah Palin worthy word salad.

  • Quintin van Zuijlen

    “as you read the United States Constitution you can see that biblical concepts and precepts are within that Constitution, everything from separation of powers because of the sinful nature of man”

    Was that instituted during the Republic of Moses?

  • Baal

    Judges are under an ethical duty to not have the appearance of bias. I flatly do not see how Roy Moore’s open and hostile view to anyone who isn’t of his faith meets that standard. He’s unfit for his office elected or not.

    cf (esp rule 2.4(c) of hte model rules. Alabama has a similar set) http://www2.americanbar.org/committees_migrated/judind/PublicDocuments/aba_mcjc.pdf

  • Reginald Selkirk

    … and it’s like going to football games and seeing who wins and who loses
    and going to football games and forgetting the rules. If you know the
    rules it makes the game more interesting because you know there is some
    way they get to the end of the game and win or lose and you got to go by
    the rules. We’re not going by the rules because we don’t think the
    rules matter anymore.

    Rules, rules rules. Moore seems really big on rules. Ironic then that he was booted from the position of Chief Justice of Alabama in 2003 for not following the rules.

    • cipher

      Oh, that’s different. Those weren’t Jesusy rules, so he wasn’t legally obligated to abide by them.

  • Marco Conti

    Didn’t these guy want to secede at some point?
    What are they waiting for?

    • coyotenose

      To not be preening cowards.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    we are better in many ways compared to those that came before us. we still have the same tendencies for the most part, but we know more and we have become socially better than those who thought slavery was ok

  • Bill S.

    Violating the Constitution is not a crime; it is a civil matter. He did not commit any “crimes” by installing the illegal 10 Commandments monument.

  • Rain

    Honorable Roy Moore says: “If you’re better than those who have gone before you then you won’t make the same mistakes, you won’t think the same way, you know better, you’re smarter.”

    He might be referring to the theory of “Judicial Precedent”. Bwa ha ha I’m kidding. A guy like him would be the first in line in the “I don’t need no stinkin ‘Judicial Precedent’” judges convention. (If there is such a thing.)

    • WoodyTanaka

      No. That’s just a Christian lunatic argument against the (very sensible) claim that since the average American 5th Grader knows more about the universe than the smartest bible-time person could ever hope to know, that living our lives according to the myths of their barely literate cultures is dumb.

  • http://www.travismamone.net/ Travis Mamone

    Barbara Moore: ” . . . you can see that biblical concepts and precepts are within that
    Constitution, everything from separation of powers because of the sinful
    nature of man . . .”

    That’s funny, I thought the separation of powers was to prevent the government from becoming out of control. I didn’t know it had anything to do with original sin. Damn you, heathen public school education!

  • Rain

    Judge Moore (pretends like he) thinks that the First Amendment to the US Constitution says that he MUST “acknowledge god”:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWRDn7zsIbk

    “Acknowledge god” could of course mean anything he wants it to mean, seeing as how it’s a couple of fundy weasel words that could mean anything at all.

  • cipher

    you can see that biblical concepts and precepts are within that
    Constitution, everything from separation of powers because of the sinful
    nature of man

    I have no idea of what this means.

    And yet, Moore confidently passes judgment on it.

    Someone that abysmally stupid shouldn’t be allowed to pass judgement on anyone or anything.

  • WoodyTanaka

    Sweet Pete, Alabama, how twisted are all y’all that you make Mississippi look like a center of world enlightenment?

  • Sue blue

    Let’s see now…didn’t I just see that face on an FBI Ten Most Wanted flier in the Post Office last weekend? Was he wanted for kiddy porn or was he a serial killer….?

    Seriously, Alabamians want a disbarred, discredited judge to be their Chief Justice? Why am I not surprised? Horrified, but not surprised?

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.conolley John Conolley

    I know all I need to know about this guy by looking at his photo. His mouth curls up equally on both sides when he smiles. You need to keep one hand on your gun around a person like that. It’s a person who has no feeling for his fellow human beings. It’s a thing you see up in the mountains of my home state of West Virginia on backwoods hillbillies who’ll smile the same way for a new kind of mechanical toy or for a gang rape.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.pye Matthew Curry Pye

    I get so confused when people study so long and are obviously so smart, and then insist on remaining so stupid.

  • God logic

    I am a Believer hoping to show proof of God’s existence: Dismissing the time measurements of creation occurring in days versus millions of years, the order in which the Bible says we came to be is pretty much the way scientists (Darwin) said it happened: Planets, stars, atmosphere, water, land, fish, animals and then man. Where does man at the time, fresh out of throwing his own feces, come up with such knowledge that can’t be proven until the early 1920′s?

    For the record, I believe the use of “Days” in the Bible is the equivalent of millions of years. If scientists can theorize the universe is endless, why can’t Theists theorize in an eternal being? If scientists can theorize about alternate universes, why can’t one of them be Heaven, a universe without the dimension of time? In which case a day? Eons? What’s the diff?

  • Moran

    hahahaha, it’s amazing how religion can rot a brain.


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