Port: GOP tent shouldn’t be big enough for Roy Moore
Senator Jeff Flake announced his retirement this week saying he doesn’t feel there is a place for him in Donald Trump’s Republican party.
Even as he did so some of his Republican colleagues in the Senate – Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul – endorsed Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race to replace the seat vacated by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
That an upstanding, if imperfect, public servant like Flake is leaving the GOP even as a despicable human being like Roy Moore is embraced (or, at least, tolerated) should give rank-and-file Republicans across the nation pause.
Moore believes that Muslims should be barred from serving in Congress. Not only is that a religious litmus test disallowed by the Constitution (go read Article VI, Section 3) but if Moore got his way Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the first Muslim elected to Congress, wouldn’t be able to serve despite the wishes of his constituents.
How is that in keeping with the ideals of conservatism?
He suggested earlier this year that mass shootings are the result of taking prayer out of school.
Back in February, during a speech at a Baptist church, Moore suggested that the 9/11 attacks were retribution from the Christian God. “Because you have despised His word and trust in perverseness and oppression, and say thereon … therefore this iniquity will be to you as a breach ready to fall, swell out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instance,'” Moore told the crowd, quoting Isaiah 30:12-13.
“Sounds a little bit like the Pentagon, whose breaking came suddenly at an instance, doesn’t it?” he added.
And did I mention that Moore thinks homosexuality should be illegal? That homosexual couples shouldn’t be allowed to have children?
In an interview Moore once compared homosexuality to bestiality. The Senate candidate also believes the Supreme Court decision striking down gay marriage bans was worse than the infamous Dred Scott decision which upheld slavery.
When asked in 2015 whether he thought homosexuals ought to be executed Moore said, “Well I don’t, you know, I’m not here to outline any punishments for sodomy.”
Just so we’re clear, this man who might be elected to the United States Senate isn’t certain if homosexuals should be executed because of their orientation.
Meanwhile, as some Republicans like Flake are trying to sound the alarm, here in North Dakota our most prominent Republicans are holding their noses.
“Let’s give him a chance,” Sen. John Hoeven told the Washington Post about Moore.
Rep. Kevin Cramer said he didn’t know that much about Moore when I asked him about the candidate on my radio show this week. A claim that strains credulity.
Republicans are at a crossroads. A party which turns its back on someone like Flake, even as they embrace a cretin like Moore, is one without a bright future.
Port, founder of SayAnythingBlog.com, a North Dakota political blog, is a Forum Communications commentator. Follow him on Twitter at @RobPort
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