Roy Moore isn’t a justice, he’s a crank. This is a man who has repeatedly staked his reputation on fighting against marriage equality, going so far as to call for nullification in the wake of the Obergefell case. Several times.
Still, if the south has taught me anything, it’s that they’re a bunch of angry white people who can’t let go of history. Why else would they so proudly fly a flag, announcing to the world,”Hey, my ancestors were a bunch of dumb tools who served the southern aristocracy without a single inkling of self-awareness”?
That’s why Moore keeps getting elected in Alabama, which leads to a cycle of him getting elected and then him getting suspended. The most recent cycle lead to Moore filing a lawsuit, claiming that his poor, poor “civil rights” were violated by the state judicial commission when they canned him on ethical charges.
If you’re picking up on my dismissive attitude towards Moore, it’s only because I’m echoing the federal judge who, today, threw out his lawsuit.
Moore claimed that his civil rights were somehow being violated because he got in trouble after directing all the state’s probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — even after several rulings at the federal level and U.S. Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. This move got him suspended with pay from his duties as Chief Justice while the Alabama Judicial Inquiry commission reviewed his actions.
So Moore and his legal ‘A’ team — which consisted of D-lister Matt Staver — filed a lawsuit claiming that Alabama violated his civil rights.
By throwing out Moore’s lawsuit, the federal court said it was “honoring the rights of the State of Alabama by allowing its processes to continue,” and added that a ruling by a federal court would interrupt the process.
What’s more, Moore lied in his January order telling probate judges not to issue licenses, saying Obergefell applied only to Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and other states that make up the 6th circuit of appeals. A right-wing Christian, lying? Say it ain’t so. I’m not sure I can handle this shocking revelation; I may need smelling salts.
So how, exactly, is that an infringement of Moore’s civil right? He refused to do his job and they fired him.
Your guess is as good as mine, but Moore seems to think that by suspending him for denying gay people their rights, Moore is somehow being denied his. You know — the rights to discriminate according to religion.
I mean, this is Christian Persecution Complex 101. If you stop me from discriminating against you, that’s discriminating against me. It puts him on the same bandwagon as leeches like Kim Davis, who refuse to do the job they were hired to do and then whine when they inevitably get fired.
Apparently, when you’re a right-wing Christian, entitlement to jobs you refuse to do goes hand-in-hand with delusions the world is out to get you.
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