Roy Moore

The general support for Roy Moore by the Orange Hate-Monkey (OHM)  and the Republican National Convention (RNC) re-started my writing on a larger piece on Christian Nationalism (Christianism) an article that is still not finished yet. This is not a new development, what Roy Moore and his fellow Christianists represent. I’ve intellectually known about their designs for most of my life. I just never connected the dots before to complete the picture that is now being revealed. The subject of Roy Moore should be at least mentioned on the blog for the purpose of reference for later articles, if for no other reason.

Roy Moore has been one of the leaders of the Evangelical Christianist movement for decades. These fundamentalists are the violence prone backbone of the Republican party today. My first exposure to Roy Moore and his insistence that the US be remade into a christian nation was while listening to an episode of Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) Freethought Radio, so it is fitting that FFRF communicates the news of his sexual deviancy.

Moore’s infamy is tied to his willingness to abuse his public office to promote his personal religion. His primary loyalty as a judge was not to the law and the Constitution, but to his bible. The women’s stories reiterate Moore’s shocking disregard for public service and public office. He used his position as a district attorney to gain the trust of Nancy Wells, mother to then 14-year-old Leigh Corfman. Waiting outside a courtroom on a wooden bench, Moore approached the mother and daughter according to their retelling. Moore, whose office was down the hall, explained to the mother that she didn’t want her daughter to go into a child custody hearing, and that he, a district attorney, would watch the child. Then:

“Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.”

Moore also used his office to get near and select another victim, Debbie Wesson Gibson, who was 17 when Moore spoke to her high school civics class.

This is easy to understand. Jim Bakker. Jimmy Swaggart. Ted Haggard. Now Roy Moore. Evangelicals are blind to the predators in their midst because they willfully suppress inquiry into another person’s faith or falsehood. They believe everyone when it comes to protestations of faith. It is an ingrained part of the evangelical culture to simply accept the faith statements of another believer even if reality clearly indicates that the believer is lying.

There’s an end coming, and it’s coming soon. Most people seem to subscribe to this belief. There’s always some judgment day on the horizon, war with Iran, the military industrial complex, Socialism, Fascism, Gays in the Military, Gays getting Married, Global Warming, 2012, etcetera, ad nauseum. The list is endless. There’s always some core issue that “threatens to end our way of life” that has to be taken seriously, and I find that I’ve become as skeptical of these claims as I am of most more recognizably religious claims.

Evangelicals are explicitly engaged in a suicide pact with other evangelicals when it comes to the subject of faith. Most of them simply aren’t aware of the nature of their pact because they’ve never allowed themselves to question their own beliefs, and it is tantamount to suicidal behavior on our part to give the keys to the nuclear arsenal to members of a death cult. Anyone trying to bring about the second coming of Christ and the rapture, the average evangelical, is a member of a death cult and it’s high time we called them out for what they are.


These are Christianists. This label should be viewed with the same contempt that Islamist is viewed with. They want to subject us all to their god’s laws, and they don’t understand why we object to their perversion of the US legal system in this fashion.


FFrF Radio: War of the Billboards

Podcast Link.

February 16, 2008War of the Billboards

(This episode marks the first time I caught the live stream from The Mic92.1. Still waiting for an Air America affiliate in Austin)

The episode starts with Dan Barker’s trip to Brazil for the “Nova Conciencia” (Far away from the Carnival?) tolerance conference, which was picketed by evangelicals. Lively conversation.

Freethinkers Almanac featured Galileo Galilei and Susan B. Anthony amongst others.

FFRF Billboard Beware of Dogma

The interview featured an anonymous FFrF member who, while passing numerous religious billboards, thought to counter them with one encouraging participation in a non-religious group, FFrF. The Imagine no Religion billboard spurred the erection of two opposing billboards; one of them a disclaimer from the billboard owner, and another from an evangelical group out of Virginia (it’s actually a rather frightening image) which asks why do atheists hate America?

Two articles were posted in the local paper (Chambersburg Public Opinion) the first of which was quite inflammatory, quoting extensively from an interview with the hate-filled christian who sponsored the second billboard. If the coverage had stopped there, there would be much to get irate about. Luckily, a second story was published featuring Annie Laurie Gaylor which corrected the flaming diatribe that was previously published.

I have to agree with the assessment that the addition of “in god we trust” to the Feds money, and “under god” to the pledge in the 1950’s has disenfranchised the freethinker segments of the US population. The devout out there now take it for granted that it was always this way, leading to atheists being the last group that it’s ok to discriminate against.

Instead of Why do atheists hate America; the question should be, Why does America hate atheists?

FFrF is looking to expand the billboard campaign. Wouldn’t mind seeing one in Austin. It’d be a nice break from the usual mix of beer, anti-drug and church sponsored billboards that we get around here.

FFRF Billboard Imagine No Religion

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations… can never effect a reform.

Susan B. Anthony

2007 Archive episode.

February 17, 2007The ‘Alabamification’ of the Nation

Theocracy alert covered Bill Maher’s visit to Ham’s Creation Museum in an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, which airs on HBO (podcasts are available on iTunes) I can’t find a video capture of it, but I’m sure it was priceless. Dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden? What will the creationists evolve into next?

Also, the Gum Game merited a mention. One of the abstinence only gov’t funding recipients (the Rockville Maryland Pregnancy Center) conducted a classroom lesson (for 9 years, no less) which involved all the students in a class chewing the same piece of gum as a demonstration of how STD’s are transmitted. I wonder how many diseases were spread during the course of this lesson?

The guest this week, Pamela Sumners, wrote an article for Freethought Today (the associated newspaper of Freethought Radio) entitled “Alabamification” of America Continues, What Is Happening to Our Judiciary? The interview in this episode traveled down a similar vein.

My main complaint? Her rejection of democratic controls when they don’t align with her agenda. Term limits helping the religious to elect people who think like them. Initiative and referendum being an access point to get religious based laws on the books. If you think voting solves anything then you have to accept that the majority opinion is what is important, even when it is at variance with your opinion.

As far as the article goes, I have to take exception with her overly simplistic categorization of all people who support a return of states rights as white supremacists and misogynists. In fact, I found very little to agree with in the article other than a shared view of a relative lack of value in the the majority of current occupants of the Supreme Court (a la the Kelo v. City of New London gutting of private property rights. Or Gonzales v. Carhart the symbolic right-to-life victory over an abortion procedure used in less than 1% of abortions; but does, in fact, set a precedent of congress intervening in standard medical practice when it is deemed necessary.) other than that, I’d have to say that Ol’ Joey would label her a Feminazi, and I’d have a hard time disagreeing. This guest, like Rothschild, showed a fair amount of political dogma. (as do you in your dated editorial observations, jackass. -ed.)

A brief discussion of Judge Roy Moore (the ten commandments judge) and the Federalist Society and the changes they have wrought in the appointment of justices warrants mention. The interview finished up with a discussion of a lawsuit in Pike county Alabama concerning four Jewish children whose rights were being infringed, and were in fact being physically assaulted and intimidated for not being christian. Apparently you don’t want to live in Alabama and be anything but devout christian.

Freethinkers Almanac featured Giordano Bruno and other victims of religious persecution.

This episode also included Intelligent? Design?, a song created from a poem written by Philip Appleman. It sums up the problems with creationist theory with a bit of humor. I’ve played this bit for a few friends, and it’s always gotten a laugh.