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Why are we even having this conversation?

Posted by david_m94@hotmail.com on December 12, 2017 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

(Doug Jones (D) and Roy Moore (R) competing for the US Senate seat from Alabama)

While most children in northwest Pennsylvania are checking the snowfall to see whether they will be staying home from school tomorrow, I am playing the role of political junkie and checking out the results of the special election in Alabama for the US Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became Attorney General. Some might say that this is not a matter for the Pennsylvania Equality Project to even consider. The candidate selected by the people of Alabama is their business and not ours. I wholeheartedly disagree. We must engage in a political dialogue as a nation, and as a people. We must stop the rancor and political discord that has led us to the point we are now.

Roy Moore is fighting a campaign in which he claims that the "establishment Republicans" are out of touch and are attacking him. According to the Hill, "the Republican establishment actually wants Jones in there because they think they can beat him in two years without a contest," Moore said. "Of course, the Democrats want Jones in there for their vote. So I am fighting both the Republican establishment out of Washington as well as the Democratic Party." He is convinced that he will be fighting against both the GOP in Congress, and against the Democrats in order to support his brand of politics. So what is the Roy Moore brand?

As an Alabama Supreme Court justice, Roy Moore was removed from the bench when he violated the state's canon of ethics for failing to follow a Federal District judge's court order to remove the Ten Commandments statue from the Courthouse grounds. In 2015, he was suspended again from the court for the remainder of his term for violating the canon of ethics. This time, he sent orders instructing probate judges to violate the US Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges, that made marriage for same-sex couples legal in all fifty states. In his most recent controversial comment, Roy Moore said that he believes that the marriage equality decision from the United States Supreme Court was worse than the 1857 Dredd Scott decision to uphold slavery. According to the Advocate, should Roy Moore prevail in the election this evening, he will be, "the Senate's most extreme anti-LGBT member."

Therein is the problem. Roy Moore's brand of Republicanism is one in which lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender neither have nor deserve to have any rights. He has said on more than one occasion that the Amendments to the U.S. Constitution after the Tenth Amendment are the cause of many of the problems in the United States. According to CNN, "Roy Moore appeared on a conspiracy-driven radio show twice in 2011, where he told the hosts in an interview that getting rid of constitutional amendments after the Tenth Amendment would 'eliminate many problems' in the way the US government is structured."

Given Roy Moore's record of vitriolic hatred against the LGBTQ community, and the allegations from several women who claim that he sexually harassed and assaulted them while they were still teens, the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice does not deserve to win and hold the U.S. Senate seat. The injustice that he has unleashed on the people of Alabama becomes our problem because it allows his brand to have a voice in Congress, while the people who accuse of him of crimes must wait patiently for their day in Court. Roy Moore would have an even louder microphone with which he can spread his hate far beyond Alabama.

Furthermore, a Roy Moore election would send the message to LGBTQ youth that hate and homophobia win. The Donald Trump approach toward women is rewarded by voters who overlook his significant shortcomings and put him in office. Fortunately, as I conclude writing this blogpost, Doug Jones was declared the winner of the election by the Associated Press. So, I ask again, why are we even having this conversation?

In Solidarity,