Monday, May 30, 2016

On Roy Moore it is difficult to fathom who is more idiotic - Mat Staver or his repeaters

Mat Staver and Roy Moore
Michael F. Haverluck at American Family Association's news blog, wrote the headline; “JIC sics ex-SPLC director on Chief Justice Moore.” According to Haverluck:
The State of Alabama’s Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) made a bold move by hiring the former legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s <sic> (SPLC), John Carroll, to prosecute the Supreme Court of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore — rooted in his stance of protecting natural marriage in the face of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex “marriage.”

SPLC was among those filing a complaint against Moore for judicial misconduct. Yet Haverluck fails to mention that John Carroll has not been associated with SPLC for about 32 years. Thereafter the graduate of Harvard Law School served as a United States Magistrate Judge for more than 14 years (1986 - 2001). In 2001 Judge Carroll joined Cumberland School of Law as dean and since 2015 he has been a full time member of the faculty.

Roy Moore doesn't get to have a judicial “stance” on a question that has been resolved by the Supreme Court of the United States. Marbury v. Madison has been precedent for more than 200 years and is taught to students in high school civics classes. Moreover, putting scare quotes around the word marriage is just a display of the pettiness of a sore loser. Get over it. Gay couples marry and have the same rights and obligations of any married couple. Mr. Haverluck's approval is neither sought nor required.

The piece goes on to quote Mat Staver, head of Liberty Counsel, who is representing Moore before Alabama's Judicial Inquiry Commission:
“I have almost no words for this corrupt and unjust system,” Staver expressed. “We have said that the charges are politically motivated and that the JIC violated its own rules of confidentiality.”

The Christian leader was taken back by the government’s blatant promotion of the homosexual agenda — under the guise of championing civil rights, tolerance and equality.

“You would think that the JIC would be astute enough to at least avoid an appearance of bias, but obvious[ly] the JIC does not care,” Staver asserted. “This is a brazen act that calls into question the entire JIC process.”
The assertion that the system is either corrupt of unjust is absurd. To suggest that Moore is the victim of a politically motivated campaign is equally preposterous, particularly when we consider Moore's history.

Moore was removed from office in 2003 for disobeying a federal court order. At the time the state's attorney general said that Moore's actions undercut the very foundation of our judicial system. Moore sends a message that people need not follow orders of the courts that they do not like. The same holds true today. It is unconscionable for a judge to behave as if he is above the law. 

“The government's blatant promotion of the homosexual agenda?” Blatant mind you. What on earth is this cretin referring to? Apparently Haverluck was looking for a reason to write “homosexual agenda” — something that makes him an object of ridicule. If we are dealing in stereotypes, it is easy to imagine Mr. Haverluck residing in a Tupelo trailer park with a beer can wind chime, a barefoot-pregnant wife in the kitchen and home schooled snot-nosed kids with orange lips and faces from eating Cheetos. Actually, Haverluck lives in Washington State and the homosexual agenda is a Christian fantasy.

None of this has anything to do with Roy Moore's difficulties. Moore has been suspended and will likely be removed from the bench. Moore instructed subordinates to defy the order of a federal judge and then the Supreme Court of the United States. None of the homophobic rhetoric of  either Staver or Haverluck is going to change any of that. American Family Association and Liberty Counsel are both designated as anti-gay hate groups — and for good cause which is amply demonstrated by Haverluck and Staver respectively.

Alabama's voters displayed poor judgment in 2011 when they put Moore back on the bench as the chief justice of the state's supreme court. Moore is expected to run for governor in 2017. Will the people repeat the same mistake and will they hold Moore out as a hero, a martyr for the faith? Gay couples have been marrying in Alabama since February 9, 2015. Can anyone assert that there have been any negative consequences? This is less about scripture than the self-reinforcing assumption that white heterosexual Christians are privileged in Alabama. Moore would extend that to a legal privilege which is anathema to American culture, society and our legal system. For his betrayal of those values Moore will pay a price.

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