If Judge Roy Moore is able to defeat his Democratic opponent in December, his ticket to the United States Senate will be punched. Last night Moore defeated Luther Strange in an Alabama special election to fill Jeff Sessions’s old Senate seat. The election has been getting a lot of attention because Donald Trump backed Strange, the GOP “establishment” backed Strange, and most of Trump’s supporters in Alabama supported Moore. But let’s also remember that Moore believes that the United States was founded as, and continues to be, a Christian nation.
Moore made national headlines in 2001 when he was removed from his position as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court because he refused to take down a monument of the Ten Commandments. Moore was elected to Alabama’s highest court again in 2013, but was suspended in 2016 when he told probate judges under his authority to continue to enforce the state ban on same-sex marriage. He resigned in April 2017 and soon after started his Senate campaign.
In August 2017, VOX reporter Jeff Stein interviewed Moore about his God and country beliefs. Here is a taste of that interview:
…Where should the limits be between religion and public life if you could?
You have to understand what religion is — the duties you owe to the creator.
And then it starts there first. You have to understand it was the duty of the government under the First Amendment, according to Joseph Story who was there for 37 years and wrote the stories on the Constitution.
It was the duty to foster religion and foster Christianity. He said at the time of the adoption of the Constitution that “it was the general, if not the universal, sentiment in America that Christianity ought to be favored by the State so far as was not incompatible with the private rights of conscience.”
Read the entire interview and Stein’s accompanying article here.