Every Other Terrible Thing About Roy Moore

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But what’s even more broadly consequential is that Mr. Moore denies the authority of the United States government to legislate at all on this and other issues that he imagines have been decided by God.

He maintains, preposterously, that the religious freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment is solely intended to protect Christians and Christianity.

He doesn’t merely oppose Muslim candidates. He once said that non-Christians like Keith Ellison had no right to hold elective office. “The Islamic faith rejects our God,” he said. “Ellison cannot swear an oath on the Quran and an allegiance to the Constitution at the same time.”

Mr. Moore pretends to admire the Constitution, yet he treats it with disdain. He has been removed from office not once, but twice, for refusing to comply with orders from the United States judiciary.

He believes that God’s law (as he sees it) trumps the Constitution every time.

That is what it means to be a theocrat, and that is why some of the most outspoken theocrats in America love Roy Moore. We need to take a close look at the kind of people hoping to ride Roy Moore’s coattails to power.

One of Mr. Moore’s staunchest allies is Janet Porter, a radio personality and anti-abortion activist. Ms. Porter hosted last week’s news conference in support of his flailing candidacy, which seemed more like a religious revival than a political event. “I’m glad you got more church than you probably had in the last 10 years,” she told the assembled press corps.

Ms. Porter used the language of Dominionists when she organized a prayer rally in 2010 to “repent on how we have turned against God in every area of influence: 1) business, 2) government, 3) media, 4) arts and entertainment, 5) education, 6) the family, and 7) religion, and invite God back into each one.” She wants to impeach Supreme Court justices for legalizing same-sex marriage.

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