Libertarian endorses theocrat for U.S. Senate

October 19th, 2017

Rand Paul is a Republican I’ve spoken in favor of in the past. There’s generally little about which I agree with conservatives, but Paul has always espoused a more libertarian-leaning version of conservatism with which I found at least some common ground. In particular, he impressed me during the Republican primary debates last year, when he appeared to be the only grown-up in the room whenever the subject turned to foreign policy, in that he was the only candidate whose approach didn’t boil down to “bomb as many Middle Eastern people as possible.”

Rand Paul

But now he’s thrown all that good will away by endorsing Christian theocrat Roy Moore for Senator. Moore previously served as chief justice on Alabama’s Supreme Court, where he was twice removed from the bench. The first time was for installing a Ten Commandments monument in the courthouse. But he ran for the position again, whereupon Alabama voters returned him to the bench. He was eventually suspended again for defying the U.S. Supreme Court by instructing Alabama judges to enforce Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage, in violation of the SCOTUS ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Roy Moore

Either of those cases, the latter in particular, ought to be enough to make Moore’s candidacy a non-starter for any libertarian. But it gets worse: In 2002, the Alabama Supreme Court heard a custody case. The mother was a lesbian, but her sexual orientation was not at issue. That didn’t stop Moore from authoring a concurring opinion in which he quotes the Bible (the Old Testament, of course) and writes this lovely passage:

The State carries the power of the sword, that is, the power to prohibit conduct with physical penalties, such as confinement and even execution. It must use that power to prevent the subversion of children toward this [homosexual] lifestyle, to not encourage a criminal lifestyle.

That’s right, Moore thinks gay people should be imprisoned or executed. And “libertarian” Rand Paul thinks Moore would make a fine addition to the United States Senate.

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