The United States of America and her founding principles were based on strong Christian values but in recent years there has been an erosion of it in the name of freedom and liberty. These values were largely projected by the Republican Party which was founded by the 16the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. With the passing of gay laws and other similar legislation that totally negate biblical Christian values, it is difficult to know if those values still hold sway. One man, however, is confronting this by his use of Bible passages to challenge the various issues of the law and government; Roy Moore a former Justice of Alabama Supreme court. He just won the election primaries in Alabama to run for Senate under the Republican Party.
Roy Moore is one Senate candidate in recent times that has made his belief known in the Supremacy of the Christian of over the Constitution of the United States. In a debate with Incumbent Senator Luther Strange (who was backed by President Trump), Moore had this to say, “I want to see virtue and morality returned to our country and God is the only source of our law, liberty and government”.
Roy Moore based on a report by the Washington Post’s Michael Scherer believes that “removing the sovereignty of a Christian God from the functions of government is an act of apostasy, an affront to the biblical saviour as well as the Constitution”. He also carries a pocket pamphlet he published on the legal theory of the Supremacy of God.
Roy Moore’s religious and defence of Christian values has equally come with a great cost to him. He has been suspended twice as a Supreme Court Judge for refusing to back laws that violated his beliefs in God. He also lost two gubernatorial bids.
A poll by Pew shows that Alabama is made up of 86 percent of the population who identify as Christians and another 49 that regard themselves as evangelical Protestants. On Tuesday, Roy Moore won the Republican nomination largely due to Alabama’s strong Christian against President Trump’s candidate and after being outspent.
The Ten Commandments
His first removal from office was in 2003 when he disobeyed the order of a federal judge to remove a 5,200-pound statue of the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the State Judicial Building. He campaigned on a promise to install the monument and after being sworn in 2003 and declared, “God’s law will be publicly acknowledged in our court.”
He refused to remove the monument from the building and after a legal tussle in August 2003, a federal court ordered that it be removed and in November 2003 a judicial panel voted to remove him from office.
In 2012, Judge Roy Moore was elected a second time for a six-year term as Supreme Court Chief Justice in Alabama and he yet again quoted the Bible in his swearing-in. This was after two failed attempt of being governor.
“We’ve got to remember that most of what we do in court comes from some Scripture or is backed by Scripture”, Roy said.
In 2016, Roy Moore was ousted from office after urging Supreme Judges in Alabama to defy the ruling of U.S Supreme court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage. This time his removal was permanent. He referred homosexuality as bestiality and “an inherent evil against which children must be protected”.
Roy Moore is also known to support all religion. While on the campaign trail this summer he described Islam as being a false religion. He made claims that some U.S communities were under Sharia laws. He lost the support of his fellow Republicans for his controversial statements.
He has gained acceptance from some evangelicals who commend him for his guts in defending Biblical truths. The President of Billy Graham Evangelists Association, Franklin Graham said in a statement, “He’s one of the few willing to stand firm for truth and against the erosion of biblical principles”.
Franklin Graham also congratulated him on his victory.
Congratulations to Judge Roy Moore tonight.
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) September 27, 2017
He was also endorsed by the founder of Focus on the Family and and influential evangelical leader, James Dobson.
— Jeff Eliasoph (@JeffWVTM13) September 27, 2017
Credit: The Washington Post