When elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000, Judge Roy Moore installed in his courthouse a monument with the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai carved into it.
Told by a federal court his monument violated the separation of church and state, Moore refused to remove it and was suspended — to become famous as “The Ten Commandments Judge.”
Roy Moore is now the Republican candidate for the Senate from Alabama, having routed Sen. Luther Strange, whom President Trump endorsed and campaigned for.
Moore’s primary win is a fire bell in the night for GOP senators in 2018. And should he defeat his Democratic opponent, the judge will be coming to Capitol Hill, gunning for Mitch McConnell.
Yet it is the moral convictions of the candidate that make this an interesting race for all Americans. For Moore is a social conservative of a species that is almost extinct in Washington.
He believes that man-made law must conform to the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” as written in Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence.
If a law contradicts God’s law, it is invalid, nonbinding. In some cases, civil disobedience, deliberate violation of such a law, may be the moral duty of a Christian.
Moore believes God’s Law is even above the Constitution, at least as interpreted by recent Supreme Courts.
Homosexuality, an abomination in the Old Testament, Moore sees as “an inherent evil.” When the high court, in Obergefell v. Hodges, discovered a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, Moore, back on the Alabama court, defied the decision, was suspended again, and resigned.
Postmodern America may see the judge as a refugee from the Neolithic period. Yet, his convictions, and how he has stood by them, are going to attract folks beyond Alabama. And the judge’s views on God, man and law are not without a distinguished paternity.
In his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King wrote: “(T)here are two types of laws: there are just laws, and there are unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘An unjust law is no law at all.’...
“A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law, or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural law.”
In his Declaration, Jefferson wrote that all men are endowed by their “Creator” with inalienable rights, and among these is the right to life.
Many Christians believe that what the Supreme Court did in Roe v. Wade — declare an unborn child’s right to life contingent upon whether its mother wishes to end it — violates God’s law, “Thou shalt not kill.”
Throughout our history, people acting upon such beliefs have defied laws, and are today celebrated for it.
Abolitionists, in violation of laws they believed immoral, set up the Underground Railroad to help slaves escape to freedom. King believed that laws imposing racial segregation violated the American “creed” that “all men are created equal” and acted on that belief.
Thomas More is considered by Catholics to be a saint and moral hero for defying Henry VIII’s demand, among others, that he endorse a lie, that the king’s marriage to Anne Boleyn was not adultery.
Early Christians accepted martyrdom rather than obey laws of the Caesars and burn incense to the gods of Rome.
After Hitler took power in 1933, he authorized the eradication of “useless eaters” in the Third Reich. Those who condemned these laws as violations of God’s law, and even attempted to assassinate Hitler in 1944, are today regarded as moral heroes.
Moore, should he win, is going to become an object of fascination in The Secular City. Yet his questions and concerns are those of the silent millions on the losing side of America’s culture war.
Is the USA still a good and Godly country when 55 million abortions have been performed with the sanction of law in 45 years?
Do court decisions that force Christians to act against their religious beliefs have to be obeyed? What is the duty of Christians in a paganized and perverted society?
What is taking place today is a growing alienation of one-half of the country from the other, a growing belief of millions of Americans that our society has become morally sick.
Christianity and the moral truths it has taught for 2,000 years have been deposed from the pre-eminent position they held until after World War II, and are now rejected as a source of law. They have been replaced by the tenets of a secular humanism that is the prevailing orthodoxy of our new cultural, social and intellectual elites.
If elected, Judge Moore, one imagines, will not be rendering respectfully unto the new Caesar.
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”
NFL players, coaches and owners have the right to protest by kneeling down during the national anthem. We, as former fans, also have the right to protest against them. My protest is simple. I will not watch NFL football until protesting stops. I formerly watched NFL football to be entertained. Now I would have to watch protests.
The protest is a paradigm change for the NFL. I remember when it was said that the Dallas Cowboys is “America’s Team.” I believe this distinction is now going to NASCAR.
Some players and coaches say that they are not protesting the national anthem, but choose that time frame because of a strong audience. Is the audience size any smaller after the national anthem or at the beginning of the second half? It appears to me that timing isn’t the issue, but rather that they want to disrespect the flag, national anthem, servicemen and women, police officers and country.
I believe there is another paradigm change required by the NFL. Residents of cities and states where NFL Football stadiums are built should not be asked to financially support NFL teams’ building programs. The rich football players, owners and shareholders should pay for their work places (stadiums) just like factories and offices are built with companies’ profits, retained earnings, shareholder investments and realistic salaries.
Remember all professional sports need fans to exist. However, fans don’t need professional sports to exist.
Follow the the money (sponsors).
St. Simons Island
Glynn County residents should have everything in place now to make a full recovery after Hurricane Irma.
The final piece of that puzzle came this week when the Federal Emergency Management Agency opened a Disaster Recovery Center at Ballard Park. The center is the go-to spot for local residents to find information on and to apply for individual or business recovery assistance. The center includes representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses, renters and homeowners.
There are other options to contact FEMA for assistance online or by telephone, but as a FEMA representative told The News last week, phone lines are often tied up with the thousands of other people from Florida and Texas, where disasters left a path of destruction in the past month. He encouraged online applications, but the opportunity to talk to a real person will go a long way for people in getting their questions answered and their homes back in order.
People can apply for assistance at Ballard Park, 323 Old Jesup Road, online at disasterassistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362. You will need your Social Security number, the address of the damaged property, a description of the damage, a current telephone number, an address where you are receiving mail and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit.
The SBA also has a relief center set up at the University of Georgia Marine Extension headquarters at 715 Bay St. in Brunswick.
We encourage anyone with a damaged home to visit the center and take advantage of the help offered there.
Otherwise, both the city and the county now have contracts in place for debris removal so people’s yards and public parks can begin getting back to normal.
The IRS is also offering tax deadline extensions to people with upcoming due dates, and legal assistance is available through the Georgia Legal Services program by calling 866-584-8027 or 404-527-8793.
Combined with the help of local insurance agents, these services should provide everything needed for folks to get things back to normal.
We are thankful for such a swift and thorough response, especially considering our local damage pales in comparison to that seen in parts of Florida, Texas and especially Puerto Rico, where the death toll is still rising and the recovery could take years.
We are fortunate to have so many options to find help and to be able to so quickly begin putting Irma behind us.
I just read the amusing letter from someone who was critical of President Trump’s comments about the NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem. That, while they were opposed to the idea of kneeling, it was the right of these individuals to do so. In fact it was a constitutional guarantee.
Perhaps the writer of the letter is not a football person, or he would know that if that same player scored a touchdown and celebrated too much in the referee’s opinion in the end zone, he would be flagged with a penalty of 15 yards for excessive celebration. Isn’t it his constitutional right to celebrate his touchdown with out being hindered by a good sportsman’s rule of conduct.
I witnessed a silent ceremony today that went virtually unnoticed. I am a retired teacher who substitutes at both high schools. My assignment for today found me at Glynn Academy, my alma mater from 1969. As I headed for the science building to sign in, I saw two Marine Corps JROTC students marching silently, very deliberately, perfectly in step down a sidewalk. I paused to see what was going on and saw one was carrying the folded American flag. They were headed for the flagpole.
I thought of my grandfather in World War I, and my father in World War II. No hate speech, no political points, no noise. Without fanfare of any kind, these two young men almost invisibly fulfilled their morning mission with dignity and honor. I will remember them as I pass that flagpole each time I come on the Glynn Academy campus. Well done.