Alabama-Moore: Consequences for Alabama and the GOP?

Alabama-Moore: Consequences for Alabama and the GOP?

The Alabama special election starkly reveals the conflicting beliefs and values of Americans. Especially clear is the dilemma confronting Republican Evangelical Christians who support Roy Moore in his pursuit of a seat in the U:S. Senate. The allegations of child molestation, assault and other criminal activity by Roy Moore have convinced most non-Alabaman Republicans that he broke the law and abused children, young girls and women.

The statute of limitations has long ago expired on his actions, but his supporters continue to conflate the “lack of evidence” submitted to a trial court with the clearly convincing public statements of many of Moore’s victims. The majority of Republicans outside of Alabama agree that Moore should withdraw. However, his supporters in Alabama continue to assert his innocence and denounce his victims.

There are two main groups in Alabama who continue, against the evidence, to assert Moore’s innocence and suitability to be elected. Why do they persist? Clearly, those who support Moore for political gain—Republican Party officials and activists, and those working in his campaign have personal and financial interests in his election. The second group—voters, Republican Party members, and others who do not profit directly from Moore’s election—have mixed motives.

A reluctance to vote against their party is understandable. Yet, if they want the best candidate to represent them, they would either vote for the other candidate or not vote at all. But many of them insist they will support Moore despite what he has done. Who are these people, and why will they do this?

. News reports point out Moore’s commitment to a religious perspective, specifically Christian, He has been criticized for his insistence on bringing religion into government directly and specifically, and to the exclusion of others. Other reports reveal his opposition to present laws dealing with sex offenders and support of lenience for offenders.

It is clear that many of Alabama’s Christian Evangelicals are in denial about the facts, or are willing to accept Roy Moore’s behavior as fact, ignore anything to the contrary, and vilify the women and witnesses who they had told of Moore’s activities. The facts—Moore’s frequent presence at the Mall and places of business, statements by friends and relatives of the victims, and the statements of others who knew of his activities—are clearly true. The allegations of the politicians and others who support Moore do not include evidence against the women who have come forward.

The consequences are serious, for the reputation of Alabama, the reputation of the Christian Evangelical communities there, the damage to the Republican party and the US Congress., Of course, there will inevitably be “spillover” to other states which are similar to Alabama in political and social respects, and of course to religious communities nationwide. Will it spill over to the next elections?

The Bible addresses this kind of “mob” mentality that ignores anything but a kind of permanent “mob” incited by Moore and his political supporters in the Republican Party,consumed with fear and hatred of anyone who dares to question them. It warns not to “put your faith in man…but in the lord…” (Timothy, Psalms, etc.”

John H. Langer, JD, Ed.D. Retired Federal agency manger, former professor of education, public school administrator, and writer of a number of articles and publications on education, public affairs, substance abuse and social issues. In writing a book on attention and memory as it relates to education, this blog is helping to focus attention n current issues, and hopefully, add something useful as well.

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