Roy Moore, the openly theocratic chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, spoke at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall conference a few days ago and declared that the phrase “pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence really means following God’s law.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” Roy Moore said Thursday at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall event, reciting the Declaration of Independence.
The pursuit of happiness, he continued, did not mean “two cars and four television and five homes and a lot of food.”
“It’s laws of God, for he is so intimately connected, so inseparably interwoven the laws of eternal justice with the happiness of each individual that the latter cannot be obtained but by observing the former, and if the formerly be punctually abated it cannot help but induce the latter. You can’t help but be happy if you follow God’s law and if you follow God’s law, you can’t help but be happy,” Moore explained.
This is not some airy hypothetical for Moore, either. This is the guy who wrote a ruling in a child custody case that the mother, who was lesbian, should be imprisoned or put to death and actually cited Leviticus to justify that. He really believes that the entire Mosaic law not only should be, but is, the civil and criminal law of the United States.