Even as North Carolina continues to be slammed economically for the passage of North Carolina GOP backed HB2, Alabama Republicans, most notably Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, refuse to acknowledge that it is their own bigoted, backward, ignorance embracing beliefs that are the root cause for their current legal woes. Indeed, Alabama has regressed and become far more backward politically than it was when I lived there in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Once again, the catalyst for the descent into lunacy has been the rise of Christofascist in the Republican Party. A piece in The New Civil Rights Movement looks at the whining of Judge Moore - who in my view belongs in a mental institution - and his equally deranged lawyer, Mat Staver. Here are highlights:
On Wednesday founder and CEO stood before the cameras and droned on in support of his client, Alabama Chief Justice . Moore is under attack by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others for his actions surrounding the Supreme Court's marriage decision and his instructions to Alabama magistrates to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The SPLC filed a complaint.Staver, and later at the podium, Moore claimed the complaint was "politically motivated." At stake: whether or not the complaint leads to official ethics charges by the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama.
But it was their other language and attacks that were especially revealing and offensive.Staver referred to one of the people who filed the complaint against Moore as an "admitted transvestite."
Moore slammed his critics as "atheists, homosexuals and transgender individuals." At one point he referred to a trans woman as "her," but "corrected" himself, calling her, "him."
At another point, Moore said “transsexualism is a known mental illness,” or was, until 2013, and suggested it still should be classified as such.
“We’re in a serious time in our country," Moore told the few reporters who attended his press conference. "We are at a time in our country when people who just a few years ago would have been ascribed a mental illness, a mental disorder.
Moore claims that despite publishing an order directing Alabama magistrates to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, “There is nothing in writing that you will find that I told anybody to disobey a federal court order. That’s not what I said.”
That will be for Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama to decide.
What I find ironic is is the fact that in many ways Alabama was more moderate when George Wallace (who I had the opportunity to meet) was governor than it is now under all the "godly" Republicans. If you want proof that Christofascists are a threat to good government, look no farther than Alabama and North Carolina.