Noted homophobe and accused pedophile Roy Moore has put his Ten Commandments monument on display once more.
Moore lost his position as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2003 because he refused to remove the monument from the state courthouse, a violation of the separation of church and state. Now, seeking election to the U.S. Senate (a second attempt), Moore has installed the monument at the Foundation for Moral Law, an organization he and his wife, Kayla, run in Montgomery, Ala. Since that’s private property, there are no constitutional issues raised by the display.
Moore delivered a speech at the installation ceremony Tuesday, blaming a “lack of morality” for political corruption, murder, and more. “We wonder why we have senseless murders. … [Why] do you think we have political corruption?” he said, according to Montgomery TV station WSFA. “Why do we think in Iowa they can’t even find out who won [the Democratic presidential caucus]? Ladies and gentlemen, we have corruption because we’ve forgotten morality.”
He also accused the LGBTQ movement of attacking religious freedom, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.
The former judge has long been known for his extreme anti-LGBTQ views, having said LGBTQ people are basically out to destroy the nation. He was returned to the Alabama Supreme Court in 2012 but was removed again, permanently, in 2017 because of ethics violations related to his efforts to block marriage equality in the state.
That year he was the Republican nominee in a special election for U.S. Senate from Alabama. He lost to Democrat Doug Jones in a race marked by allegations that Moore had sexually assaulted teenage girls, some of them under the age of consent, years earlier. Moore has denied the charges.
Because that was a special election to fill the remainder of Jeff Sessions’s term after Sessions became Donald Trump’s first attorney general, there’s another election for the post this year. Sessions, having been ousted by Trump, is now trying to reclaim the seat, running against Moore and five other candidates in the Republican primary, which will be held March 3. Moore has lagged in fundraising but is counting on his name recognition to bring voters out, the Advertiser notes. The winner will face Jones in November.
A few protesters demonstrated outside Moore’s foundation during the installation ceremony. One carried a sign reading “No Moore Rapists in Alabama Politics.” Another, abortion rights activist Mia Raven, told the Advertiser, “Roy Moore needs to retire. He just needs to go home and leave Alabama politics to people who are serious about it.”