There is one certain outcome of the Alabama Senate race if Roy Moore is elected. He will be compelled to embarrass Alabama because of a set of personal religious beliefs that, in his mind, are superior to all man-made institutions, even the Constitution as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court.
In person, Moore is a pleasant, rather colorless man, but his life has been governed by a set of religious beliefs based on his private study and the conjuring of his own mind.
His own personal version of Christianity is rooted in no particular denomination; they are recognized by no school of theology, yet he holds those beliefs with such messianic passion that they have taken possession of his being.
He as twice been removed from office as Chief justice by an institution of his peers, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary, composed of retired circuit court judges, leading attorneys and retired justices of the state Supreme Court.
The first time he was ordered to step down by his peers in the Alabama Court of the Judiciary in 2003 was for disobeying the ruling of a superior federal court that elevating symbols of one faith over all others was in violation of the separation clause of the Constitution, and religious scholars might add, in violation of the biblical injunction against worshipping idols.
For Moore, the idol he worshipped was a 5,000-pound slab of marble for which he ordered made and on which were carved the Ten Commandments. He had his idol installed at the entrance of the state Supreme Court, a symbolic statement of the superiority of Christianity over all other faiths.
A judicial statesman such as the late Alabama Justice Hugo Black of the U.S. Supreme Court would have known that Moore’s idol worship mimicked the very British rule that everyone must believe in the Anglican Church of England, from which we fled to seek religious freedom in America.
The second time he was removed from office by his peers on the Alabama Court of the Judiciary was for ordering the state’s probate judges to defy a ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court that prohibiting two loving couples of the same sex to marry violated the Constitution.
His Alabama legal peers found that he had violated clear law and that he had violated the Alabama Code of Ethics by insisting that his own view of the law should prevail over the unanimous objection of all eight other justices of the Alabama Supreme Court.
It should be noted that all eight justices of the Alabama Supreme Court agreed with the judgment of the Court of the Judiciary.
The record clearly shows that Moore wants to be and tried to be a judicial tyrant substituting his own personal beliefs for everything, whether it is the law of the land or the unanimous opinion of his fellow justices.
In addition to subverting the teachings of Jesus Christ and a loving God for his own version of Christianity, he has demonstrated a loose understanding of the truth.
Moore has claimed that he drew no salary from the charity, which he created, the Foundation of Moral Law. Yet he has drained the charity’s treasury completely of over $1 million since 2007 to support his living expenses, travel and his own private bodyguard.
On the campaign trail, he is likely to get so carried away with his own religious beliefs that he might make the mistake of suggesting that his own relationship with God is that of a father and son. He is too clever to intimate such a thing, knowing that it would doom his candidacy.
He is well aware that in the Bible Belt there are differences among denominations but there is a clear and certain consensus among all Alabama faiths that the Almighty had only one son, and His name wasn’t Roy.
Imagine what such a man would say in his maiden speech in the well of the U.S. Senate with a national and worldwide audience watching on television?
Those of us who know him and his record would cringe as he embarrassed the state by asserting the sovereignty of Roy’s law to that of the Senate, the president, the courts and all man-made institutions.
H. Brandt Ayers is chairman of Consolidated Publishing Co.