Irony Alert: Likely Senate Replacement for Jeff Sessions Trashes Islam, Citing 1st Amendment

When Jeff Sessions took the Attorney General job, his US Senate seat was vacated. On August 15th, Alabama will hold a special election to fill the open seat. Republican Roy Moore is currently the favorite to win the election and recently met with a group of voters in Glendale, AL.

During the meeting, a woman asked Moore about Sharia law (at about the 20-minute mark):

I’ve seen a lot in the news about Sharia law, and Muslims demanding break times to do their prayers and wanting to have their laws oversee our laws, and I just wonder how you plan to deal with that.

First off, if you really think US law is being usurped by Islamic regulations, then you need to check your sources. You’re obviously neck-deep in right wing propaganda and a reality check is in order. But of course, instead of answering this misled voter to that effect, Moore feeds into it with this reply:

False religions like Islam who teach that you must worship this way, are completely opposite with what our First Amendment stands for. Our First Amendment stands for that man can’t tell you how to worship God. Congress can’t even make a law respecting an establishment of religion.

Wait, what? So religions that tell you how to worship somehow contradict the First Amendment? Just about every denomination of Christianity tells its followers how to worship. Does that make Christianity a false religion too? Does Christianity also contradict the principles of the First Amendment? That makes absolutely no sense.

The First Amendment mandates that the government can’t tell you how to practice your religion. It doesn’t say that “man” can’t tell you. Isn’t that one of the roles of any religious cleric? To guide its followers in correctly practicing their religion? Roy Moore’s explanation of why Islam is a false religion is unbelievably asinine, but of course goes unchallenged by the well-educated voters at the BBQ joint where he’s holding this Q&A.

Moore went on with his rambling 8-minute response, ending with a mention of same-sex marriage. It’s obvious that he’s against its legalization, as he reiterates a right-wing talking point that many “persecuted” Christians blurt out for no justifiable reason:

See, when [judges] create a right, they take away another right that God gave us. And if they keep going, they’ll take away any right.

Yeah, ok pal. We get it. Alarmism works. That’s what helped to get Trump elected. Your lack of originality is transparent as hell.

It’s safe to say that former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore doesn’t understand the First Amendment, since he was removed from the bench in 2003 for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Supreme Court building. On top of that, he was removed yet again in 2016 for not complying with the US Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

Roy Moore doesn’t respect the laws of the United States of America when they don’t agree with his particular choice of religion. That makes him unfit for office in a secular government. The US is not a Christian theocracy, whether Roy Moore wants it to be or not.

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12 thoughts on “Irony Alert: Likely Senate Replacement for Jeff Sessions Trashes Islam, Citing 1st Amendment

  1. Islam is a false religion because men tell you how you have to worship, but Christianity is a true religion because God tells you how you have to worship – no, seriously, that’s their argument.

  2. > Roy Moore doesn’t understand the First Amendment, since he was removed from the bench in 2003

    Maybe he should become the chief wizard for the Southern Baptists. That seems like his skill level.

  3. “I’ve seen a lot in the news about Bible law, and Christians demanding teacher/coach lead prayers in school and wanting to have their laws oversee our laws, and I just wonder how you plan to deal with that.”

    not that difficult to mirror.

  4. Islam is false ‘cuz Moe faked it. Open Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 6, Book 60 to Number 311 to see how his favorite child bride finked on hom. She felt Allah hastened to fulfil his every wish. Go to sunnah ( a com domain) and search for “was revealed” to see how some of the ‘revelations’ were ‘revealed’. The revelations are supposed to be from Allah, pre ordained and immutable but Moe let scribes and his companions edit verses.

    How did Moe get his revelations? Look that up in vol. 1 of Bukhari. Clear dreams that always came true, a human voice no one else heard and a bell ringing in his head.
    But Moe called the bell “the musical instrument of Satan” and said bells were accomanied by devils and repellant to angels. Who but Satan would use his musical instrument to communicate to his final Prophet?

    In the cave of Hira, Moe thought he wrestled the devil, was going mad, seeing strange sights and hearing strange sounds. He panicked. Fearing demon posession, hge resolved to commit suicide.

    In Sahih Muslim, it is recorded that he attributed Aisha’s jealousy to her devil. Asked if he had one too, he replied he had an “attachment of devils”.

    Before ever gazwa, he prayed to ‘The Lord Of The Devils and all into error they throw” for “the good of this town and all that is in it”. Look that up in “The Life Of Muhammad”.

  5. Moore is a scary old white guy but I don’t see how he was wrong. I think he thinks our rights are given to us by god (actually nature) and if man’s law gives us a right it takes one that god gave us. It’s BS of course. Our bill of rights says there could be other rights not specifically mentioned in the bill of rights that the law could define. The first amendment does not tell us how to worship and it does forbid govt from respecting an establishment of any religion.

    Moore’s problem is he defines ‘establishment’ different than most. His ten commandments gave the impression his court had established a religion (the ten are actually Jewish) and it had to be removed the same way those cases are being decided weekly all over the country. Moore talks about what he knows, the bible (not the law). If he were required to be a secular law judge he would come off like a dumbass because he only knows the bible.

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