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Part 42: Alabama: 2016-SEP to DEC:
Former Chief Justice Moore of the
Alabama Supreme Court runs for the
federal Senate.

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In this web site, the acronym "SSM" refers to same-sex marriage. Also, "LGBT"
refers to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender/Transsexual community.

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This topic is continued from the previous essay.

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Capitol Building, Washington DC

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2017-SEP: A special election is held to fill a vacant Senate seat from Alabama:

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) resigned to become the federal Attorney General in President Trump's administration. This necessitated two runoff primary elections to choose a Democratic and a Republican candidates. They competed against each other to replace Senator Sessions for the rest of his term, which ends in 2021-JAN.

Doug Jones, a former U.S. Attorney, won the Democratic primary.

There were two candidates in the Republican primary: Luther Strange, the Attorney General of Alabama, and Roy Moore, the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Moore had earlier been suspended as Chief Justice for refusing a federal court order to remove an unconstitutional Ten Commandments monument that he had placed in the state Supreme Court building. In 2016, he was subsequently re-elected and later suspended for a second time for refusing to recognize the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.

President Trump endorsed Luther Strange.

The Republican primary was held on 2017-SEP-27. Moore won by a comfortable margin of 54.6% to 45.4%. 2

When Strange conceded the primary election on the evening of election day, he said:

"I am especially grateful for the support of President Trump and Vice President Pence, as well as the strong example set by my friends Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions. I congratulate Roy Moore on the result this evening. May God be with him and may God continue to bless Alabama and the United States of America." 2

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2017-SEP to DEC: Moore ran for an Alabama Senator seat in Congress and loses to a Democrat:

A great deal of controversy arose with Moore's candidacy for Senator. The Independent newspaper said:

"Mr Moore’s campaign was rocked by allegations that he sexually assaulted and abused young girls and women when he was ... in [his early] 30s and working as a local prosecutor." 3

There were allegations that his behavior caused him to be:

"... banned from a shopping mall for bothering teen-age girls."4

This behavior allegedly occurred at the Gadsden Mall in Etowah, Alabama.

Charles Bethea, writing for the New Yorker, said that the:

"Washington Post reported that, when Moore was a thirty-two-year-old assistant district attorney in Etowah County, he brought Leigh Corfman, who was fourteen years old at the time, to his home and sexually molested her. Three additional women told the Post that Moore had pursued them when they were in their teens and he was in his early thirties. (On Monday, another woman, Beverly Young Nelson, said that Moore assaulted her when she was sixteen years old. At a press conference, she held up a high-school yearbook that she said Moore signed before the alleged assault.) 4

The Gadsden Mall was unable to confirm or deny the ban because no applicable records from the early 1980's have survived.

An article in Wikipedia about the election for Senator said:

"Moore has stated that he never engaged in sexual misconduct, although he has not denied that he approached or dated teenagers over the age of 16 while he was in his 30s. Sixteen is the legal age of consent in Alabama." 5

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Church support for Moore:

An Alabama Church displayed a message on their sign comparing events in Roy Moore's life with events in Jesus' life:

See also the Snopes web site which has a video about this church sign. 6 Snopes also shows photographs of other church signs (and one fake photo) that promoted Moore's election as Senator.

Church sign

These church messages are not allowed by law. According to the Internal Revenue Service, federal law currently:

"... prohibits political campaign activity by charities and churches by defining a 501(c) organization as one 'which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."

Placing such signs could theoretically cause a church to lose their tax exempt status, although this has rarely, if ever, happened.

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On DEC-12, the public voted to select between Jones, a Democrat, and Moore, a Republican, for the position one of two Alabama Senators in Congress. Only 40.46% of Alabama's 3.3 million registered voters bothered to vote. We assume that many Alabama voters felt that they could not vote for Moore because of the sexual allegations against him, and could not vote for Jones because he is pro-choice on abortion.

President Trump again appears to have chosen the losing candidate. Jones won over Moore by a close vote of 49.9% to 48.4% with 1.7% write-in votes for other individuals. 2,5 However, on the night of the election, the provisional ballots -- those in which the voter's eligibility is in dispute -- had yet to be fully resolved and counted. The overseas ballots had also not been fully counted; they were accepted until DEC-19. The final vote tally is unlikely to be reversed, because this would require the closing of a gap of over 21,000 votes between the two candidates.

African-American turnout was critical, because 68% of Whites voted for Moore vs. 30% for Jones. Blacks voted 96% for Jones and 4% for Moore. Among black women, 98% voted for Jones. Among black men, it was 93%.

 

Audra D. S. Burch, writing for the New York Times, said:

"... some Democrats are making the case that the party erred in recent years by failing to put enough of its resources into engaging with black communities, who helped produce the stunning upset in Alabama on Tuesday — and who turned out heavily in Virginia last month as well." 7

Votes by other minorities may also have been important, because Moore has probably alienated many of them. He has opposed the legalization of same-sex marriage. He has said that homosexuality is tantamount to bestiality, that it should be re-criminalized, and that homosexuals should not be allowed to parent children. He has supported the "birther" movement whose members believe that former President Obama was not born in the U.S. and was thus not eligible to be President. He has referred to Islam as a "false religion." 8 He refered to abortion choice as a moral plague. 9

Doug Jones is the first Democrat to win a statewide election in Alabama in almost a decade! The previous Democrat was the former Lieutenant Governor Lucy Baxley who was elected President of the Alabama Public Service Commission in 2008. He was the first Democratic Senator to be elected from Alabama in twenty-five years!

Jones claimed victory at 11:56 PM on the day of the election, saying:

"This entire race has been about dignity and respect. This campaign has been about the rule of law." 10

However, Moore refused to concede the election. If the results were within a half of one percent, then a recount would be automatic. However, the gap in this election is currently three times this value. So Moore's campaign would have to fund the cost if they ask for a recount. 10

The voting results are not expected to be formally certified before the Senate goes into Christmas/New Years recess. Doug Jones will probably take up his seat when Congress resumes its session on 2018-JAN-03. His term will end on 2021-JAN-03.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Capitol building of the United States, with part of the mall. Seriousjoy. Downloaded from Stock Free Images
  2. Eric Bradner, "Roy Moore wins Alabama Senate GOP primary runoff," CNN Politics, 2017-SEP-27, at: http://www.cnn.com/
  3. Andrew Buncombe et al., "Alabama election results..." The Independent, 2017-DEC-13, at: http://www.independent.co.uk/
  4. Charles Bethea, "Locals Were Troubled by Roy Moore’s Interactions with Teen Girls at the Gadsden Mall," The New Yorker, 2017-NOV-13, at: https://www.newyorker.com/
  5. "United States Senate special election in Alabama, 2017," Wikipedia, as on as on 2017-DEC-14, at: https://en.wikipedia.org/
  6. "Did an Alabama Church Display a Sign Comparing Roy Moore to Jesus?," Snopes, 2017-DEC-05, at: https://www.snopes.com/
  7. "Race/Related: After Alabama," New York Times Race/Related mailing, 2017-DEC-15, from: [email protected]
  8. Nash Jenkins, " 'Homosexual Conduct Should Be Illegal,' and 5 Other Things GOP Senate Candidate Roy Moore Has Said," Time magazine, 2017-NOV-28, at: http://time.com/
  9. Claire Chretien, "U.S. Senate candidate: bringing back ‘knowledge of God’ will be my priority, Life Site News, 2017-OCT-16, at: https://www.lifesitenews.com/
  10. "Alabama Senate race: Doug Jones wins, but Roy Moore isn't conceding," CBS News, 2017-DEC-13, at: https://www.cbsnews.com/

 

  1. Capitol building of the United States, with part of the mall. Seriousjoy. Downloaded from Stock Free Images
  2. Eric Bradner, "Roy Moore wins Alabama Senate GOP primary runoff," CNN Politics, 2017-SEP-27, at: http://www.cnn.com/
  3. Andrew Buncombe et al., "Alabama election results..." The Independent, 2017-DEC-13, at: http://www.independent.co.uk/
  4. Charles Bethea, "Locals Were Troubled by Roy Moore’s Interactions with Teen Girls at the Gadsden Mall," The New Yorker, 2017-NOV-13, at: https://www.newyorker.com/
  5. "Did an Alabama Church Display a Sign Comparing Roy Moore to Jesus?,"
  6. Nash Jenkins, " 'Homosexual Conduct Should Be Illegal,' and 5 Other Things GOP Senate Candidate Roy Moore Has Said," Time magazine, 2017-NOV-28, at: http://time.com/
  7. "Alabama Senate race: Doug Jones wins, but Roy Moore isn't conceding," CBS News, 2017-DEC-13, at: https://www.cbsnews.com/
  8. "United States Senate special election in Alabama, 2017," Wikipedia, as on as on 2017-DEC-14, at: https://en.wikipedia.org/
  9. Claire Chretien, "U.S. Senate candidate: bringing back ‘knowledge of God’ will be my priority, Life Site News, 2017-OCT-16, at: https://www.lifesitenews.com/
  10. Doug Mainwaring, "Conservatives who rejoice in election of Alabama’s pro-abortion Democrat are traitors," Life Site News, 2017-DEC-13, at: https://www.lifesitenews.com/
  11. "Race/Related: After Alabama," New York Times Race/Related mailing, 2017-DEC-15, from: [email protected]
  12. Jim Denison, "Four factors in the Alabama Senate election," 2017-DEC-13, at: https://www.denisonforum.org/
  13. Robert Jones & Daniel Cox, "Clinton maintains double-digit lead (51% vs. 36%) over Trump,” PRRI, 2016, at: http://www.prri.org/
  14. Flagg Eagleton, "JUST IN: Alabama State Police Arrest 3 Poll Workers In Birmingham," ReganWasRight web site, 2017-DEC-15, at: http://reaganwasright.com/
  15. Paola Chavez, "Alabama certifies Doug Jones' win over Roy Moore in Senate special election," ABC News, 2017-DEC-28, at: http://abcnews.go.com/

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Copyright 2016 & 2017 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2016-DEC-13
Latest update: 2017-DEC-29
Author: B.A. Robinson

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