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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Randall Balmer: I first encountered Roy Moore in 2002 in a Montgomery, Ala., courtroom, where I was an expert witness on the separation of church and state in what came to be known as the Alabama Ten Commandments case. ... The Republican Senate nominee has fashioned an entire career out of subterfuge and self-misrepresentation -- as a constitutional authority, as a Baptist and as a spokesman for evangelical values. The recent allegations of sexual misconduct, together with his many specious statements over the years -- that the First Amendment guarantees religious freedom only for Christians, for example, or that many communities in the United States stagger under the burden of Islamic sharia law -- underscore both his hypocrisy and his tenuous grasp of reality.

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Moore claims to represent "family values" and, more broadly, evangelical Christian values. Aside from the disquieting specter of a 30-something Moore trolling shopping malls for teenage dates, Moore does not represent the evangelical movement he claims to herald. ...

The image that Moore has tried to project over the course of his career -- as a constitutional authority, a Baptist and a representative of evangelical values -- is false, even fraudulent. The voters of Alabama have the opportunity to unmask him as the imposter he is.

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"Finally, Moore claims to represent "family values" and, more broadly, evangelical Christian values.

Aside from the disquieting specter of a 30-something Moore trolling shopping malls for teenage dates, Moore does not represent the evangelical movement he claims to herald.

Historically, evangelicalism once stood for people on the margins, those Jesus called "the least of these." Evangelicals in the 19th century advocated public education, so that children from less-affluent families could toe the first rungs of the ladder toward socioeconomic stability.

They worked for prison reform and the abolition of slavery. They advocated equal rights, including voting rights, for women and the rights of workers to organize.

The agenda of 19th- and early-20th-century evangelicals is a far cry from that of Moore and the religious right. I leave it to others to determine which version of "evangelical values" better comports with the words of Jesus, who instructed his followers to visit the prisoners, feed the hungry, welcome the stranger and care for the needy.

The image that Moore has tried to project over the course of his career -- as a constitutional authority, a Baptist and a representative of evangelical values -- is false, even fraudulent. The voters of Alabama have the opportunity to unmask him as the imposter he is."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-18 12:03 AM | Reply

The GoP is built on lies. Naturally it attracts liars and the fools that believe them.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2017-11-18 02:19 AM | Reply

"hypocrisy and his tenuous grasp of reality" pretty much describes a lot of Rs.

#3 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-11-18 10:47 AM | Reply

"Rev. Dr. William Barber: The unbearable hypocrisy of Roy Moore's Christian rhetoric

This isn't Christianity, it's an extreme form of Republican religionism.

This is not Christianity. Rather, it is an extreme Republican religionism that stands by party and regressive policy no matter what. It's not the gospel of Christ, but a gospel of greed. It is the religion of racism and lies, not the religion of redemption and love.

www.nbcnews.com

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-18 07:26 PM | Reply

These guys infest the South like crabs on a New Orleans prostitute's mons veneris.

#5 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-11-18 07:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

I Know Roy Moore. He's Always Been a Con Artist

And the easiest con targets are evangelical christians. They've already been raised on fairy tales.

Tell them a few lies about how much you love jesus and they'll vote for you even if you're a child molester.

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-18 10:03 PM | Reply

- raised on fairy tales.

www.newstatesman.com

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-18 11:06 PM | Reply

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