Opinion Roy Moore and the moral mirror of hatred

20:53  13 november  2017
20:53  13 november  2017 Source:   The Week

Roy Moore: ‘These allegations are completely false’

  Roy Moore: ‘These allegations are completely false’ Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore said Friday that the allegations regarding his sexual misconduct with 14-year-old girl in 1979 are "completely false.""These allegations are completely false and misleading," he told Sean Hannity on his radio show.

Judge Roy Moore , the Republican nominee for the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions' ascension to attorney general, has long been a purveyor of pietistic When our moral frameworks lead us to hide these behaviors, rather than deal with them honestly, they can lead to a sense of self- hatred .

The media and the left are already going all Saul Alinsky on Roy Moore . And they will use the same tactics they have used with every social conservative who has unapologetic convictions on moral and constitutional issues and can’t be intimidated into shutting up.

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Judge Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions' ascension to attorney general, has long been a purveyor of pietistic hate speech. The self-proclaimed Christian has used racial slurs in public speeches, blamed 9/11 on godlessness, and said that homosexual behavior should be illegal.

But last week, The Washington Post uncovered multiple allegations that Moore had made sexual advances on teenage girls when he was in his 30s. The most egregious accusation involved a girl who claims that Moore groped and kissed her when she was only 14 years old. The Post's bombshell was painstakingly reported, and several friends and family members testify that this accuser disclosed the incident to them years ago. Court records confirm the timeline of her account. (For his part, Moore denies ever engaging in any sexual misconduct.)

Gardner: Moore Should Be Expelled From Senate If Elected

  Gardner: Moore Should Be Expelled From Senate If Elected I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office,” he wrote in a statement. “If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.”Gardner’s remarks following the majority of Republicans in the upper chamber calling for Moore to remove himself from the race if the allegations are true.Moore adamantly denies the allegation made the the Washington Post report.

“ Roy Moore has spent a lifetime defending and standing up for the Constitution while fighting for the people of Alabama.” Moore has defended the Constitution so thoroughly that he willfully defied multiple court orders based on his allegiance to God.

“ Roy Moore has spent a lifetime defending and standing up for the Constitution while fighting for the people of Alabama.” Moore has defended the Constitution so thoroughly that he willfully defied multiple court orders based on his allegiance to God.

Many Americans have expressed shock and dismay at the news that a public figure who presented himself as a model and guardian of Christian morality could have violated those morals in such a profound way. But it must be said: These allegations should sadden everyone but surprise no one.

We've been here before. In the 1980s, televangelist Jim Bakker achieved celebrity status preaching conservative Christian values through his nationally broadcast religious television show. It was later revealed that he had swindled his fans by misappropriating millions of dollars in donations and had paid hush money to his former secretary so she would remain silent about their affair.

After Bakker resigned and was headed for the big house, televangelist Jimmy Swaggert lambasted Bakker as "a cancer on the body of Christ." A year later, Swaggert resigned from his own ministry and admitted that he too had had an affair.

Poll: Large majority believes Moore should drop out

  Poll: Large majority believes Moore should drop out Americans believe by a nearly three-to-one margin that Alabama Republican Roy Moore should drop out of the race for the state's Senate seat, according to a new poll released Tuesday. Sixty-three percent of Americans say that Moore should step aside amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, according to the Quinnipiac University poll. Only 23 percent surveyed believe he should stay in the race."Roy Moore has to go, say American voters," said Tim Mallow, assistant director of the Quinnipiac survey. "But the only voters who matter are in Alabama.

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Hillary Clinton charged in a speech over the weekend in Washington, D.C. that Republicans who support GOP nominee Judge Roy Moore for Senate in Alabama should be held accountable for his “bigotry and hatred .”

In the early 2000s, evangelical leader Ted Haggard gained notoriety for fighting against LGBT rights and marriage equality. He then admitted a drug-fueled sexual encounter with a male prostitute near his Colorado Springs church. (Interestingly, some studies indicate that homophobia is correlated with the suppression of same-sex attraction.)

After Haggard's fall from grace, mega-church pastor Mark Driscoll insinuated Haggard's wife might be to blame for the downfall because she let herself go and was not "sexually available." Driscoll had risen to prominence as a hipster version of a hellfire-and-damnation preacher with a love for puritan morality. His long list of controversial comments includes a sermon where he shouted to his congregation that "God hates you" because of their sinfulness. In 2014, Driscoll was forced to resign from his church due to a litany of sins including plagiarism, misappropriation of ministry funds, and emotional abuse of church staff.

RNC cuts fundraising ties with Roy Moore

  RNC cuts fundraising ties with Roy Moore The Republican National Committee (RNC) has cut fundraising ties with GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore. The new Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings follow allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore by five women, two of whom accused him of sexual misconduct with them when they were minors. The new Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings follow allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore by five women, two of whom accused him of sexual misconduct with them when they were minors.

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While these examples serve as cautionary tales for Christian leaders like Moore, they also provide hope for the Senate candidate. All four ministers listed above are now back running churches and ministries just as they once were. So even if allegations against Moore do prove true, it doesn't mean that the heavily Christian voters in Alabama will abandon him. Indeed, a new poll finds that 37 percent of Alabama evangelicals say they are now morelikely to vote for Moore given the allegations.

Of course, hypocrisy is neither localized to well-known figures nor unique to the Christian community. No one lives in total consistency with their values, beliefs, and convictions. We are all, in some way and at some point, guilty of hypocrisy.

But the issue at hand is not ultimately hypocrisy; it is the nature of hatred. Certain sectors of America now seem animated by anger and hatred not witnessed in some time. This hatred often emanates from the mouths of religious leaders who use moral language and the authority of the Almighty to afflict others — often marginalized people who are largely powerless to defend themselves.

Moore lawyer disputes yearbook signature

  Moore lawyer disputes yearbook signature The lawyer for GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore disputed the recent allegation of sexual assault against him at a press conference Wednesday, casting doubt on the high school yearbook signature one accuser says Moore made.In a defiant afternoon press conference outside of the state Republican Party headquarters, Moore attorney Phillip L. Jauregui called on the accuser to turn over the yearbook to a neutral party for handwriting analysis.

The media and the left are already going all Saul Alinsky on Roy Moore . And they will use the same tactics they have used with every social conservative who has unapologetic convictions on moral and constitutional issues and can't be intimidated into shutting up.

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But if recent history is any indication, we should distrust those who most vehemently peddle hate. Check their closet and you just might find a skeleton.

Research conducted by Jeff Schimel, a psychology professor at the University of Alberta, adds quantitative support for such skepticism. In one study, subjects who showed high levels of anger were more likely to rate others as angry. When participants were told they were dishonest, they were more likely to see others as dishonest. Whenever people come to believe they possess an unacceptable trait, they are more likely to see these traits in others.

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung famously said that "everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves." For Jungians, every human possesses a "shadow side" that contains all the behaviors they feel are bad or inappropriate. When our moral frameworks lead us to hide these behaviors, rather than deal with them honestly, they can lead to a sense of self-hatred. We try to repress these emotions, but they often escape in the form of anger toward others who we believe are immoral like we are.

These human tendencies can especially afflict pietistic people with constricting ethical frameworks. In his iconic theological treatise, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis noted that Christian morals can unconsciously instill in its adherents a sense of pride, which often turns into hypocrisy: "There is a vice of which no man in the world is free; which everyone loathes when he sees it in someone else. ... And the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others."

In the days ahead, we will likely learn whether Roy Moore is the paragon of Christian virtue he has led us to believe (unlikely!), or if his years of hatred were born out of guilt. We should not be surprised if the latter proves true. For when one uses hatred as a window through which to view others, it often turns out to have been a mirror all along.

Alabama pastor supporting Moore: 'More women are sexual predators than men' .
An Alabama pastor who supports Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) blasted the allegations of sexual harassment against Moore, saying they're part of a "war on men.""More women are sexual predators than men," Pastor Franklin Raddish told AL.com. "Women are chasing young boys up and down th e road, but we don't hear about that because it's not PC."The news organization spoke to Raddish as part of an effort to speak with every pastor that endorsed Moore before the allegations against him were made public. Nineteen of the 29 pastors who responded told AL.com they were still supporting Moore.

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