Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is worried about a “war” over gay marriage. Not a war of words, it appears, but an all-out shoot 'em up worthy of 1776. At least that's what he told anti-choice extremist (and former used car salesman) Randall Terry.
The idea that a SCOTUS ruling or federal law might touch off a new Civil War is familiar ground for Terry. In 2009, he issued a similar warning about the ACA.
Right Wing Watch posted an video interview that Moore gave Terry after last month's SCOTUS ruling:
Moore told Terry that religious “persecution is just beginning” because Americans will be “forced to accept evil” and “condone sodomy,” which the two agreed will lead to a massive and possibly violent backlash. “I hope we don’t have a war, I hope we don’t have conflicts but we definitely need to recognize that same-sex marriage is something that has not existed on a government level,” Moore added.
When Terry pushed Moore to reveal whether he believed that there should be an anti-gay revolution, Moore only said that 2015 is just like 1776.
Yes, it is horrible that Moore is spewing that nonsense (it's not the first time, either) and even worse, he's doing it while on the State of Alabama's payroll.
But the idea of a war between an army of homosexuals and right wing extremists also made me laugh, remembering a passage from the book “A Confederacy of Dunces.” The main character, Ignatius J. Reilly, decides to enter politics by organizing New Orleans' gay community to take over the government and armed forces.
“My mentality, uncontrollable and wanton as always, whispered to me a scheme so magnificent and daring that I shrank from the very thought of what I was hearing. “Stop!” I cried imploringly to my god-like mind. “This is madness.” But still I listened to the counsel of my brain. It was offering me the opportunity to Save the World Through Degeneracy.”
Really though, it's no laughing matter that a sitting Chief Justice would consort with these people, and Moore's taking it a step further this weekend.
Not content with merely giving an interview to an extremist, he'll be leading the pep rally in Mongtomery Saturday night as the featured speaker for the Operation Save America weeklong protest event at the city's only women's clinic.
According to media reports, over recent years group members have blockaded clinic entrances, harassed women seeking abortions and stalked doctors and abortion clinic workers and volunteers.
In July 2011, the group's former leader, Rev. Phillip “Flip” Benham, was found guilty of stalking a Charlotte, N.C. abortion doctor, the Associated Press reported.
Benham had distributed posters stating “Wanted … By Christ, to Stop Killing Babies.” The posters included the photos and names of several doctors in Charlotte who perform abortions.
OSA members outside invaded the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans and pressed photographs of aborted fetuses against the windows of the church's nursery on July 2014
OSA members are equal-opportunity haters. According to the Anti-Defamation League:
Operation Save America (OSA) is an organization with a three-pronged mission to demonize abortion, homosexuality and Islam, declaring that “all three have entered into a pact with death.” The group, based in North Carolina and headed by Reverend Flip Benham, is characterized by its leaders as a non-denominational Christian organization.
Somebody call Sarah Palin immediately! An elected official with ambitions of higher office is “palling around with terrorists.”
Left in Alabama will be in Montgomery this weekend to cover the SDEC meeting, Alabama Democratic Reform Caucus meeting and the opening days of the protest. We'll also have update coverage through the week from volunteers on the ground at the clinic.