Judge Roy Moore, an acclaimed sexual predator of teen-aged girls, who considers homosexuality among consenting adults to be a grave sin that should be illegal. I discussed the hypocrisy of such "Christians" in a prior blog post. Mr. Moore describes homosexual behavior as a "crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one’s ability to describe it." A Christian really should be more familiar with Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, in particular the admonition:
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.Mr. Moore's response?
The Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lapdogs just launched the most vicious and nasty round of attacks against me I’ve EVER faced! We are are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message.The forces of evil will lie, cheat, steal –– even inflict physical harm –– if they believe it will silence and shut up Christian conservatives like you and me. I believe you and I have a duty to stand up and fight back against the forces of evil waging an all-out war on our conservative values! Our nation is at a crossroads right now — both spiritually and politically.Our children and grandchildren’s futures are on the line. So rest assured — I will NEVER GIVE UP the fight!
Now, now, Mr. Moore. Christians do not "fight." Once again, from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount:
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you..In Mr. Moore's defense, Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler stated that Mr. Moore is
as clean as a hound's tooth. Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zacharia was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist. Also, take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus. There is nothing illegal or immoral here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.Southern Baptists really don't know much about the Bible at all, do they? The Bible does not state that "Zacharia was extremely old to marry Elizabeth." Rather, per Luke 1
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they BOTH were now well stricken in years. ...But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John...
Very similar to the story of Abraham and Sarah. The point being that neither Abraham nor Zachariah were out cruising for fresh young pussy. Rather, their elderly post-menopausal wives miraculously gave them sons. Mr. Ziegler's comparison of Mr. Moore to Joseph makes even less sense, as Christians universally believe Mary to have been a virgin, impregnated by the Holy Spirit, and that Joseph and Mary engaged in absolutely NO jiggery-pokery prior to their wedding. Moreover, we have absolutely no idea what the age spread was between Mary and Joseph. If a Biblical precedent is absolutely necessary, then I would refer Mr. Ziegler to the story of David and Abishag in 1 Kings:
Regarding whether Mr. Moore did anything illegal, according to the Alabama Age of Consent Law:
Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat. Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat. So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.
13A-6-70: (c) A person is deemed incapable of consent if he is: (1) Less than 16 years old...
13A-6-67 : (a) A person commits the crime of sexual abuse in the second degree if: ...(2) He, being 19 years old or older, subjects another person to sexual intercourse who is less than 16 years old, but more than 12 years old.
13A-6-62 (a) A person commits the crime of rape in the second degree if: ...(1) Being 16 years old or older, he or she engages in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex less than 16 and more than 12 years old; provided, however, the actor is at least two years older than the member of the opposite sex.
13A-6-64 : (a) A person commits the crime of sodomy in the second degree if: ...(1) He, being 16 years old or older, engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another person less than 16 and more than 12 years old....(b) As used in this section, sex act means sexual intercourse with any penetration, however slight; emission is not required.
(c) As used in this section, deviant sexual intercourse means any act of sexual gratification between persons not married to each other involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another.
...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...
While Mr. Moore was in the business of imprisoning men for far less than what he did with Miss Corfman, it does appear that Mr. Moore was within his legal rights. There was no penetration, and there was no touching of sex organs with the mouth or anus. Touching through the clothes kept the encounter technically legal in Alabama. Mr. Moore is a smart man. However, Mr. Moore did violate the Law by plying a teenaged girl with booze:
Gloria Thacker Deason says she was an 18-year-old cheerleader when Moore began taking her on dates that included bottles of Mateus Rosé wine. The legal drinking age in Alabama was 19.
Now, as to whether Mr. Moore did anything immoral, and, taking the Bible as the wellspring of all that is moral, Mr. Moore states that he "doesn't remember ever dating any girl without the permission of her mother." That is a nice touch, certainly. However, per 1 Corithians 6,
Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
The mothers, who granted Mr. Moore permission to date their daughters, are no better than ordinary procurers, and Mr. Moore is no better than a common whoremonger. But, even God knows that some men are incapable of containing themselves, and provides the solution to Mr. Moore's lechery in 1 Corinthians 7:
It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband...But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
And, Mr. Moore did marry. His wife, Kayla, was apparently still married to her first husband when Mr. Moore began dating her. Per Alabama State Law:
A person commits adultery when he engages in sexual intercourse with another person who is not his spouse and lives in cohabitation with that other person when he or that other person is married.
Alabama's laws are quite liberal when it comes to adultery: you can fornicate a married woman, and it doesn't count as adultery, so long as you don't live in cohabitation with her. But what does the Bible, which is the source of all Christian morality, say? Matthew 5:
whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
Oh, that damned Jesus with his infernal Sermon on the Mount. By marrying a divorced woman, Mr. Moore is guilty of adultery. Also, 1 Corinthians 7 again:
...unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband..
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.