Yes, the highly credible accusations by multiple women of sexual improprieties committed by Roy Moore when he served as a District Attorney are sufficient reason to exclude him for consideration as a candidate for a seat in the United States Senate. But even before these women stepped forward, there were still a number of reasons that made Roy Moore a terrible candidate to serve in Congress.
Bear in mind that Moore has a legal background which make the following statements even more egregious.
Roy Moore said that a Muslim should not be sworn in as a member of Congress.
It does not take a Constitutional scholar to know that the Founding Fathers specifically wrote into the Constitution in Section VI, Article 3, “but no religious test shall ever be required to any office or public trust under the United States.” At the time this was incorporated into our Constitution, no Catholics were allowed to hold public office in Great Britain and were held to a religious test that men had to swear under oath they were not Catholic. However, many of the Founding Fathers were familiar with Muslims and the teachings of Islam, so one cannot summarily say they didn’t mean this test did not apply to Muslims.
But that didn’t stop Roy Moore, who wore judicial robes, from saying in 2006 that Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the House of Representatives should not be seated because he was Muslim. And just in case you think that Moore might have learned something about the Constitution by 2017, Mediate reports that as recently as October, 2017, Moore still stood by that statement. As my grandmother, who was named Alabama by the way, used to say “You couldn’t teach him with a teaching machine.”
Roy Moore said that homosexual behavior should be illegal.
Moore made this statement in an interview with NBC News in 2005. In that interview he also stated that homosexual behavior was no different from bestiality. In response to the question “Did I ask you about having sex with a cow?….. or a horse?….. or a dog?
“it’s the same thing.” Moore responded. Once again the timing of this interview of this interview is important. It occurred two years AFTER the Supreme Court had overturned the Texas sodomy laws in the landmark Lawrence v. Texas case. While Mr. Moore, as an individual, is entitled to his own beliefs, as a jurist he is not entitled to hold legal opinions contrary to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Roy Moore was removed from the Alabama State Supreme Court TWICE for violating the state’s canon of judicial ethics
Moore was first taken off the Alabama Supreme Court completely by the nine-member state Court of the Judiciary in 2003 when he defied orders to remove a giant Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building the New York Times reports. The second time came in 2016 when Moore was suspended, but not removed, after he issued an order to the state probate courts to defy the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. As the Times reported, this suspension effectively ended his judicial career as he would be too old to run for judicial office after it ended.
While his rulings might make him popular with the people of Alabama, his job was not to be popular but to follow the law in his rulings. These suspensions were not the first time Moore was removed from judging a case. In the 1990s, Moore who was a circuit judge at the time, ruled that a lesbian woman who received a divorce could not see her children unsupervised because “the minor child would be detrimentally affected by the present lifestyle” of the mother CNN reported. The ruling led to his being removed from the case by an Alabama appeals court.
Then, in perhaps his most disturbing ruling of all, Moore was the only dissenting vote while on the Alabama Supreme Court which ruled that a four year old child could not give consent in a case of forcible rape by a 17-year old, reinstating the man’s earlier conviction on forcible rape charges. Moore ruled against a four-year-old child in a forcible rape case. If that alone doesn’t turn your stomach, what does it take to do so?
Any one of these reports would be enough to disqualify Roy Moore from serving in the United States Senate. When added to the reports of his sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old child, the cries for him to step aside from prominent Republicans ranging from Mitt Romney, John McCain, Mitch McConnell AND Paul Ryan to step aside have been unanimous. With one notable exception.
Moore has made other ridiculous claims such as the children at Sandy Hook were massacred because Americans “have forgotten the law of God” or that 9/11 might have been punishment for US turning away from God (are you seeing a trend here). He also still believes the Obama birther stories as well. But these pale in comparison with his real track record.
Roy Moore is dangerously unqualified to serve in the United States Senate.