Apparently not learning their lesson, the Alabama Republican Party has chosen a Roy Moore clone as their nominee to be the next Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Tom Parker is a longtime ally of Moore’s with very similar theocratic and neo-Confederate views.
Like Moore, Parker holds a deep animus against LGBTQ people, and he believes that his judicial decisions should be driven by his conservative religious beliefs. Parker once compared a federal judge, who ruled against the now-defunct ban on gay members of the military serving openly, to Al-Qaeda. He also wrote a judicial opinion claiming that the Supreme Court’s decision permitting same-sex couples to marry “conclusively demonstrates that the rule of law is dead.”
Oh, and there’s one other thing. Parker appears to be quite enamored of a treasonous war fought to defend the idea that white people can own black people.
A 2004 Associated Press article summarized the unusual tactics Parker deployed during his first state supreme court race like so: “Republican Supreme Court candidate Tom Parker said there was nothing wrong with him distributing rebel flags at the funeral of a Confederate widow or associating with people linked to Old South groups.”
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the picture on the left shows Parker — he’s the man with the obligatory fistful of Confederate Flags — standing between two leaders of these “Old South groups.” One is Leonard Wilson, “a board member of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens.” The other is Mike Whorton, “a leader with the League of the South, which advocates for the secession of Southern states.”
That’s right in line with Moore himself, who has close ties with the League of the South, which not only advocates for secession but wants to reverse the entire post-Civil War constitutional order. They’ve also organized their own militia, which should terrify anyone. Moore’s biggest financial backer was Michael Peroutka, former Constitution Party presidential candidate, theofascist and young earth creationist to boot.