Former Alabama Supreme Court justice Roy Moore on Sept. 26 defeated Republican rival Luther Strange to win the GOP nod for the state’s U.S. Senate seat, putting Moore in a strong position to win the slot in this deeply conservative state.
The seat was vacated by Jeff Sessions when President Donald Trump appointed him to be U.S. Attorney General. Strange was appointed to fill the seat temporarily (to the end of this year) by former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, just before Bentley resigned enmeshed in a sex scandal.
Politicians like to lament the supposed lack of prayer in schools and blame society’s ills on this purported void.
It’s been a week of pants-on-fire-level, anti-Muslim rhetoric: Days after a U.S. Senate candidate made ridiculous claims about Sharia law being implemented in the American heartland, President Donald J. Trump recirculated a widely discredited trope about brutal war-time treatment of Muslims.
Both claims earned the top “Pants on Fire” rating from the fact-checking website PolitiFact. And both claims only served to stoke anti-Muslim sentiment as the country is still reeling from the hate-filled events in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.
Embattled former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore in late April announced his resignation from the bench and his plan to run for the U.S. Senate instead.
There are people who support separation of church and state in the South – plenty of them. It has been my privilege over the years to meet with some.
They even exist in Alabama. But there’s no denying that many of the residents of that state – and the Deep South generally – are enamored of very conservative forms of Christianity and see government as a vehicle for promoting that faith. They call this region the Bible Belt for a reason.
In late December, you start seeing “Top Ten” lists for the year that was. So without further ado, here are the Top Ten Church-State Stories from 2016 (in my humble opinion, at least):
If U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is confirmed as U.S. attorney general, his seat in the Senate will be open. The governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley (R), will have to a name a replacement to fill out the rest of Sessions’ term, which expires in 2020.
Bentley is getting a head start on things by interviewing potential replacements. One of the names on his short list may surprise you: It’s Roy Moore.
On Sept. 28, members of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary, a body that provides oversight of judges in the state, met for some unusual proceedings: The state’s chief justice, Roy S. Moore, was on trial – for the second time.
As noted elsewhere in this issue, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended without pay from that court, an action that has the effect of removing him for good from the state judiciary.
Moore had previously been removed from the court in 2003 for defying a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Judicial Building in Montgomery. This time, he attempted to defy a federal court ruling making marriage equality legal in Alabama.