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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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Roy Moore, a former jurist and the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Alabama, has carefully crafted an image over the years as an ultraconservative religious zealot. He bashes gays and lesbians, denounces abortion and brings his hateful brand of religion into the courtroom, where it runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution.

Now, it turns out, Moore has been accused of pedophilia. A 53-year-old Alabama woman told The Washington Post that Moore sexually molested her when she was 14 years old and he was a 32-year-old prosecutor.

If you are surprised, you shouldn’t be. Moore’s bigoted Bible-thumping is just the sort of worldview that masks misogyny, sexual exploitation and all manner of sordid private behavior. The pages of history are littered with tales of men like Moore, men who brandished the Bible as a weapon and held themselves up as paragons of virtue, all the while engaging in the sort of private behavior they publicly castigated.

Just last year, Republican Robert Bentley resigned as governor of Alabama as reports of his adulterous affair with an aide overwhelmed his office. Bentley didn’t commission and display public monuments to the Ten Commandments as Moore has done, but he did run for office as a rigid Baptist deacon with a Puritanical moral code. So much for that.

Then there’s former U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., who resigned last month after the hypocrisy of his “pro-life” stance was exposed. A Pennsylvania newspaper published text messages he had exchanged with a woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair; he had apparently urged her to have an abortion. Murphy was a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus and had been lauded by various anti-abortion groups.

Moore, for his part, has vehemently denied the charges of inappropriate sexual conduct, calling The Washington Post report a “completely false and desperate political attack.” For good measure, his campaign team threw in the term “fake news.”

But the woman’s account rings true. Leigh Corfman told Post reporters that Moore, who was not married at the time, took her to his secluded home more than once in 1979. On one occasion, she said, he undressed her down to her underwear and stripped down to his undershorts. He proceeded to touch her through her bra and panties and guide her hand to touch his genitals, she said. She told friends about the episode at the time and told her mother a decade later.

Corfman said she voted for Republicans in the last three presidential elections, but she recalls the encounters with Moore with what seems like dread and disgust. She said she considered going public earlier, but Moore — who later won election as the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court — was a powerful man in the state, and she was afraid she would not have been believed.

“I have prayed over this,” Corfman told the Post. “All I know is that I can’t sit back and let this continue, let him continue without the mask being removed.”

Three other women told Post reporters that Moore, then an assistant district attorney in his early 30s, pursued them, too, when they were teenagers — between the ages of 16 and 18. None of them reported any sexual contact beyond kissing.

Democratic operatives have been increasingly optimistic about the candidacy of attorney Doug Jones, a Birmingham lawyer, who is Moore’s opponent for the seat vacated when Jeff Sessions became Attorney General. Some believe that Corfman’s charges give Jones a significant boost. Even a handful of prominent Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have called on Moore to step aside if the allegations are true.

But Moore, as has been the case throughout a career that has included a middle-finger salute to the U.S. Supreme Court, has been defiant. He won’t step aside.

And it is unlikely Corfman’s charges will hurt Moore with his base of pseudo-pious churchgoers. After all, Alabama’s white Christian conservatives voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump, who had been caught on video bragging about sexually molesting women.

Already, one Republican state official, Auditor Jim Zeigler, has defended Moore by citing, inexplicably, the biblical story of Mary and Joseph. Even if Corfman’s account is true, Zeigler said, “There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here.”

Here in the Bible Belt, misogyny is baked into conservative theology, women are still taught in many churches to be submissive, and many white men still believe that straight white male privilege is ordained by God. Moore is a perfect representative of that sort of Christianity.

 

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69 responses to “Moore Scandal Highlights True GOP Values”

  1. Dominick Vila says:

    The “values” advertised by the Republican Immoral Minority are just a facade used to hide their greed, intolerance, lack of compassion, hate, and their fear of anything that does not contribute to their white supremacy goal.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      If Trump has any values, they come from the bowels of hell. I remember all too clearly reading in the NY Post and NY Daily News of his sexual dalliances with anything that walked. I also recall how he was desperate to get into the blue nosed Knickerbocker NY “A” list and they wanted no part of scum like him.

  2. rednekokie says:

    I rather hope (although half-heartedly) that he does run, and wins, and goes on to fulfil his destiny — (wrecking the entire Republican party from within).

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      If Moore ends up in the Senate, what government will remain? What you will have is what the Confederacy had…a bunch of boozers, womanizers and pathetic control freak autocrats making laws only for the rest of us and never themselves.

      • rednekokie says:

        I agree — and also the immediate destruction of the Republican party from within.
        btw, what you describe is what we have already, with the exception that they make laws only for their wealthy donors, and none for the rest of the country.

    • plc97477 says:

      If he wins it may take care of the problem. They will do their usual autopsy and we know they don’t really understand the idea of autopsies so, end of gotp.

  3. sigrid28 says:

    The Russians may have saturated social media and manipulated individuals within his campaign to get Trump elected. In the wake of Charlottesville, no one can deny the role of xenophobia in Trump’s victory in the Electoral College. At the one year mark of Trump’s presidency, a third factor now emerges to explain Trump’s odd role in American history: Roy Moore’s candidacy and the scandal surrounding it point to widespread underlying misogyny in contemporary American culture. It just so happens that at the same time Roy Moore is having some explaining to do, the Harvey Weinstein scandal with its many variations offers further evidence of how deeply misogyny is ingrained in our culture. Democrats must admit that it is highly likely that they lost because they ran a woman.

  4. greenlantern1 says:

    Democrats were also Bible thumpers.
    Remember reading about William Jennings Bryan?
    Ever read his CROSS OF GOLD speech?
    GREAT MAN!!

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      The difference is that Democrats don’t try to convert the entire country to a backwater religion that hides all too many sins.

    • idamag says:

      Up until Civil Rights, the Democrats, in the south, were Bible thumpers.

    • JPHALL says:

      That was back when the Democratic party was a proponent of White Supremacy. Woodrow Wilson also held those views. Things began to change in the Democratic party during the presidency of FDR. LBJ ended that viewpoint in the Democratic Party in 1964 and most of that type of Democrat became Republicans.

  5. bobnstuff says:

    Moore will be elected, the good people of Alabama don’t see anything wrong with a 30 some old man and a 14 year old girl except that he didn’t marry her. After all women are just lower life forms meant to be used by men in the eyes of the evangelicals. The amazing thing is that the young lady wasn’t his sister.

    • pisces63 says:

      You need to know history. Southern etiquette was different in more ways than this. I love Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. Yet, Scarlett was 16 at the start of the book. She had Three husbands(one omitted in the movie) and three children, one by each man and even THEN, when the movie was made, it was considered risqué, thus two husbands, one child. I do not believe she was about 21 when she married Rhett and he was over 30. They were 28 and 45 at the end. during those days it was nothing for a 16 year old to marry a man in his 30’s and a young lady unmarried at 18 was getting into her dotage. This is not new in the world. In Game of Thrones, Sansaa was betrothed to Joffre at 12 but they would not marry until she had her menses at around 13 or 14. Joffre was young but a sociopath, yet, she could have easily been ‘sold off’ to a man of 60 or older as Henry VIII did his sister.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        My ex’s people were from Florida. As southern as southern gets. The result of girls marrying as soon as they start menstruation is that none of them are out of their own childhood and can possibly have any parenting skills of any value.

        Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind is just one of many novels “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Cool Hand Luke,” and many others written by authors from the south about the south.

        The fact of the southern politicians is they try desperately to turn the clock back to a time when their plantations days allowed them to be lazy and live off the work of unpaid slaves. Hopefully, the south has come much farther than that.

        • pisces63 says:

          Another think, some of those southern writers had other agendas. Tennessee Williams Cat is about homosexuality. Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s is about prostitution. His actual In Cold Blood is about The murderers of the Clutter family, for sure but also, not in the movie, his fixation and attraction to Perry Smith.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            You must be a writer like I am. You are as perceptive as all writers usually are. In nearly every novel that’s written, there is some underlying point being made. I find this most often with the novels of Stephen King. At face value, readers believe he is writing horror. Yet, in almost every novel he’s written there is the point of good vs. evil.

            One of the reasons Trump is desperate to emulate his mentor, Putin, is so Trump can put an end to freedom of speech.

            Anyone who has ever visited Russia would tell you that in Russia, all speech is entirely “guarded” lest the words uttered tranmit to Putin’s ears.

          • pisces63 says:

            I wan to write and it is funny, my 11 year old granddaughter was published at 6. She held a conversion with her brother’s meet and greet with college students at 8 and he 12. Se was the center of attention asking questions about To Kill A Mockingbird which she had read and understood. Stephen King is my love since Carrie and the Shining. My one regret, I owned every hard cover he put out, including the truncated version of the Stand(because no one knew him to buy a 1,000 page book) and lost it them all in a house fire. I had signed copies of novels like Roots, Jurassic Park. I’ve gotten my youngest daughter hooked on him also and since that 11 year old of hers is writing horror stories, we have recommended she read him, also.

    • idamag says:

      We haven’t heard from his sisters, yet.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        In those kinds of families Big Daddy gets to spread his seed and “who” can include his sisters. How is it that incest among these “got religion” guys is buried until they get a little too mouthy?

  6. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    So the Lard ASS IN CHIEF shows up wearing a jacket identical to Putin, slams his own US CIA and FBI, proving how little he trusts his own government and then slathers the government with pig males of the GOP whom he trusts more than anyone else?

    If Obama had EVER dared slame the FBI or CIA while kissing up to and defending Putin, they’d have hung him from the Confederate flag pole.

    What do we have to do to FORCE Trump to admit the Russians hacked into the election? Make thousands of copies of the evidence and then ram it down his throat?

    Moore is the perfect foil the mobster Trump loves to surround himself with… the BAD BOYS WHO DARE.

    This is the United States of America? Where the guy in the White House openly commits treason and then gets away with money laundering and rape of minors? Where he loads up the cabinet with dry drunk boozers like Bannon and Contwat? Where he openly states that Flynn and his son who plotted to kidnap and a Turkish/American citizen to hand him over to Turkey for big bucks is what Trump called a “fine man?”

    Not to worry. All these Bad Boys Who Dare have to do is deny it all the way and they make everything bad they do disappear. Because they dare. Because they believe they are all above the law. Law? Don’t make me laugh.

    Moore, Sessions and the rest of the hick weasels Trump needs do desperately to complete his Russianizing of the US are just part and parcel of the Bad Boys Who Dare.

    Please..spare me the BS. Moore is but one of dozens of Republican white males who can’t keep it in their pants. Remember the Republican Congressman who thought Congressional pages were sex toys? Remember the Republican Senator with the Venezuelan mistress who bore him an illegitimate daughter in VA? Remember the OH Republican who got caught in a men’s room looking for male slap and tickle? And who can forget the 2 plus decades ALL of the Hick GOP knew all about Dennis Hastert’s predilection for little boys?

    Now we get a born and bred hick Confederate waving a pistol sitting “high in the saddle” (pun intended) thinking he can just wave away his “Bad Boy” days.

    • pisces63 says:

      The world of Trump. they thought it okay to elect one to the highest office in the land, the next tier, why not?? They speak and preach morals but you really do not see it practiced. They still preach intolerance, hatred and refuse to break with the alt right bigots which is causing many black members of the southern Baptists to leave. My question when listening to them on NPR recently, why would you stay in a church that preaches you are inferior and a servant? My mind set does not get it as a black woman.

      • As a black man, I too am puzzled by this contradiction. I realize that maintaining faith is all important, BUT only if that faith doesn’t lead me to error. Not everything that the preacher pronounces from the pulpit is an accurate portrayal of the real meaning and intent conveyed in the Bible.
        Alas, most don’t realize this, can no longer understand the contradictions, and are locked in an automated mode of church attendance, testifying, leave church, resume usual behavior.

        • idamag says:

          I was a Baptist. A Southern Baptist church moved into my community as we have an industry that attracted people from all over. Some of the members of my church, that I thought were friends, moved their membership to the Calvary Baptist Church. Since I am naive and the Calvary Baptist Church was within walking distance of my home, I moved my membership. I heard racist jokes from the pulpit. They weren’t bad jokes, but they were in bad taste. Then Life Magazine started putting out magazines with what was really happening in the south. There were pictures of cross burnings and lynchings. Birmingham’s despicable acts and people were out there. Our minister was preaching against two-piece swim suits. I asked him if he didn’t think what the south was doing was worse than two-piece swim suits. He said I had never lived in the south so I wouldn’t understand. I went home and drafted my resignation letter to the Southern Baptist Convention. I cited the Biblical phrase about the anti-Christ and how fair and charming he would be and that I thought the Southern Baptists were the anti-Christ. One of Life Magazine spreads showed the murderers of Emmett Till in the Baptist church on Sunday morning. One of them was a deacon who passed the plate. All those loving church member friends – gone.

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          My ex’s grandmother was part Seminole and part Irish, born in 1899 and worked her young years as a sharecropper in Georgia. While she always said she was a “God fearin’s woman,” she always said, “I don’t trust a damn man who gits religion. He got a lot of sins in his back pocket.”

          That’s why I don’t trust religious fanatics. Look at the 900 people dead because Jim Jones, born in Crete Indiana thought he was an Elvis Presley god.

          Then, there was the tearful Jimmy Swaggart who thought crying crocodile tears would get him sympathy for playing around with an underage girl. And let’s not forget Jim Baker and his “Stand by Your Man” cosmetic packed wife, Tammy Faye.

          Add to that the contribution of the now imprisoned Warren Jeffs who married himself off to several 12 and 14 year old girls in the name of religion.

          These guys and gals are NOT about religion. They are ALL about hiding their sins. Most have been boozers, womanizers, petty thieves and liars.

      • idamag says:

        The South is known as the Bible Belt. They are overwhelmingly republican because the Democrats passed Civil Rights.

        • pisces63 says:

          When Johnson passed the voting and civil rights acts, he stated, he had lost the south. It took a while but with the help of Jessie Helms, Strom Thurmond and others who had become dixie-crats to fight racial equality, they have succeeded completely.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            So Charlottesville is an example of how the help of Helms and Thurmond has succeeded in the fight for racial equality? I respectfully disagree.

          • pisces63 says:

            No to fight against it. They were democrats and when civil rights started to take hold in 1948, they became Dixiecrats. When Johnson passed the legislation, they became republicans in protest. They were against racial equality, even though had a love child by a black woman.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            I don’t disagree. That also happened when Lincoln freed the slaves. So this only proves that the south flip flops for what reason only they know and understand. Not much in the way of party loyalty.

            The joke with Moore is that he is using that “why did she wait” BS. What does it matter “why” she waited? If he molested her at age 14 that is ALL that matters.

            Or is Moore making the case as his idiot ally Eddie did that because she waited, she should go to jail?

          • pisces63 says:

            My favorite was the story of the Virgin Mary and Joseph. I have yet to close my mouth on that one.

    • idamag says:

      I think the russian mafia hacked into the election. Putin may, or may not be, a member of that mafia. This is where I get my theory and it is just a theory: The russian mafia is a powerful organization that has infiltrated our country and many countries. There work with our own mob people. The United States was not the only one who had election interference from Russia. Italy, France, England and Germany also did. Did trump solicit aid from russia? No, I think the mafia groomed him. He has a personality that would be so easy to play. Is he a member of the mob? I don’t think so. He is not smart enough to keep his mouth shut. He is just stupid enough to be useful.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        From what I’ve read about Putin and seen and heard in documentaries on his life, Putin is hungry for world power. In Moscow, what Putin wants, Putin gets. He is today the wealthiest man in Russia. He didn’t get that way by being a malleable guy.

        We all know Trump wants to pretend that it’s okay that Putin used Palonium 210 on Litvenenko and others.

        • José Raymond Herrera says:

          OK Mrs. Whitaker, the C.I.A. and WH have been hundred times more lethal than Russians with their deadly regime change policies around the world killing hundred of thousands of civilians as «collateral» damage. I don’t condone bad and wrong policies in any band, but the hypocrisy by U.S. fellows is abysmal. I’m not a millennial so I remember lucidly the horrendous burning alive of those villagers in Vietnam under NAPALM by the hundreds of thousands again (and it wasn’t by Russians, was it?).

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Get the hell out of MY country. You are a Russian asslicker. When you side with Trump, you side with a man who has NO conscience. Is that you as well?

            You do condone wrong policies every time you sit on your lazy bum ass and side with Trump, a known money laundering ass who believes he is the BOSS. You are not MY boss.

            You are just another pathetic loser who would allow Putin to take over this country. That would be precluding the possibility that Americans who love CIA, FBI and Constitution don’t start creating mobs to hunt down dicks like you and hang you upside from Trump Tower on 5th Avenue by your balls.

            The people you put down are the ones who don’t make the decisions. As any Viet Nam Vet would tell you today, the overindulged Mcbrat Millennials who are afraid of melting in the rain much less fighting a war, are the future of a country ripe for Putin’s pickings thanks to dicks like you.

    • José Raymond Herrera says:

      Insisting too much on Russian hacking is ridiculed by the fact of the HUGE and universal hacking all over the world by the C.I.A. and the continue push for regime change by U.S. And please don’t forget about the phone hacking of Merkel and Brazilian Roussef (allied chiefs of state BTW).

      • JPHALL says:

        But that has always been the American way. We justified the killing of the Amerinds to take their lands. We enslaved and denigrated Africans, Japanese and Chinese to enrich ourselves. We misused and abused the Irish, Scandinavian, Eastern and Southern Europeans until they became good American White supremacists themselves.

    • plc97477 says:

      We don’t have to force tRump to admit it we just need to make the non-deplorable repugs admit it and the gotp will crawl off to hide under a rock for a decade or more.

  7. It’s a minor point, but pedophilia refers to pre-pubescence. Molestation and pedophilia are not the same thing, legally or clinically. This does not make Moore’s action any less deplorable physically or morally. But I do think we need to strive to keep these categories straight.

    • What you’ve done is what I’ve noticed as a black man something many of my white brothers are fond of doing. You’ve engaged in form of a perversion of the intellect, by way of a clever form of distraction, resorting to formality of thinking minus the human emotion of empathy, and regrettably displaying an absence of insight about the human condition.

      Which are some of the hallmarks of many of my brothers and sisters of western European cultural backgrounds—a deviation from being truly human. I say this not out of malice but out of deep concern with what many of my “cousins” who migrated into Europe from Africa as Modern Humans, some 50,000 years ago, have acquired as cultural traits—this cold and peculiar way of framing human behavior.

      A lack of proper spiritual upbringing, by way of distorting the Message of Jesus and of Moses plays a huge role as well.

      Take this all from one who is a Baha’i, an African American male, who has the advantage of being raised in Jim Crow Mississippi, am a biblioholic, attended MIT as an undergraduate majoring in mathematics, who likes to spend time reflecting on the Writings of Baha’u’llah, trying to mirror His Message in my deeds and words, having traveled to Israel, to east and west Africa, the Middle East, and to South America and Ireland, for the purpose of meeting and befriending as many people as possible, and to better my self.

      • Karen says:

        I love your first paragraph and how it summarizes what’s happening in modern day discourse.

      • Maybe so, but as a clinical social worker, I do think it is important to use distinctive clinical categories correctly. I really don’t see that as creating distraction – it is actually by eliding distinct categories that we create layers of distraction. I certainly don’t have the level of empathy I would like to have, so thank you for that admonition.

        • You can better thank me by directly confronting the root cause and by not allowing yourself to get trapped in the spider web of semantics. As much as I value words and their proper usage, what is most important is to connect to the heart without the baggage of correct wording.
          One admonition Baha’u’llah makes when He wrote the mystical work, “The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys” that is part of the pantheon of His Revelation, He cautions the recipient(and humanity) of this work not to be like the grammarian who is afraid to approach the “Ocean of Knowledge” by letting linguistic technicality get in the way.

    • Scott Phillips says:

      Yeah, the term for scum like Moore is “Cherry-popping Daddy”.
      That is the creepy term I remember from the sixties and fits him well.

    • sigrid28 says:

      Please DO keep insisting on the correct terminology. We who belong to the community of families with members on the autism spectrum know chapter and verse how our family members can very easily be denied benefits, isolated, and overlooked when families, schools, providers, and the professionals who offer diagnoses are not on the same page. When dealing with the institutions that will (or will not) protect those too young to protect themselves or unable to, precise terminology is sometimes one of the few systems all can agree upon.. They may only be words but these shared meanings can make the difference between progress for a vulnerable individual or falling through the cracks.

  8. FireBaron says:

    C’mon, folks. Don’t you realize that the reason Moore is denying this ever happened is because the guy cannot remember what he had for breakfast this morning? How in hell do you expect him to remember something that happened 40 years ago?

  9. For any woman like Corfman to have conned herself into believing that there was no causal relationship to what she had to endure with the rampant culture of hate, sexual abuse, racism, and so many other vices carried out by the dominant population in the South is incredulous. Allowing one’s self to ignore what the eyes and ears communicate is to show that the capacity of the brain to function properly has been greatly diminished.

    Why is this condition allowed to take place? Is it because after generations of this pattern occurring, taking religion as just a formality without an attempt to practice the Message in one’s daily life, living a life of privilege while black folks were seen suffering at the whims of the dominant members of southern society, contributing causes??

    And do the vast majority of Trump supporters—those who support a misogynistic, greed-oriented, and racist agenda—do so at their peril, and are showing us the outcome of such moral laxity? My assessment, and that of many others, is that there is a direct correlation.

    • JPHALL says:

      Please remember that this same self delusion still holds many Black Americans in thrall. They find any excuse to support their former masters while putting or pulling down one of their own.

      • It’s a mystifying phenomenon—Evangelicals supporting pedophiles, while in parallel denouncing women for wanting to control their personal lives; so-called black ministers laying hands on an unrepentant groper who brags about grabbing women by the genitals; a neurosurgeon of former renown doing an imitation of a minstrel dancing for “Mr. Charlie”, ad nauseam.

  10. Richard Prescott says:

    GOP used to mean Grand Old Party.
    Now it means…
    Groping Obnoxious Pedophiles

  11. Lynda Groom says:

    Every time I’m asked what do republicans stand for I refer them to Joey Grey singing ‘money makes the world go around.’ It not the only thing they’re obsessed with, but near the top.

  12. José Raymond Herrera says:

    And this gentleman (not) is the archetypal of those «Christian» GOP proclaiming the high values they carry like Trump with his MAGA. U.S. is doomed.

  13. Thornton says:

    I it is proven that Moore has committed the crime that have been alleged: molestation, rape and pedophilia as sex with a 14-year-old is all of those, he needs to go to prison for the 20 years usually given to pedophiles, rapists and child molesters. If he doesn’t, for the system to be fair, ALL pedophiles, rapists and child molesters need to be let out of jail. HEY. Politicians should not be immune to the law. If they are, so should everyone else.

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