Judge Moore & God’s Law

By Pat Buchanan

If elected, Judge Moore, one imagines, will not be rendering respectfully unto the new Caesar.
If elected, Judge Moore, one imagines, will not be rendering respectfully unto the new Caesar. Photo Credit: AL.com / Julie Bennett
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA -(Ammoland.com)- When elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000, Judge Roy Moore installed in his courthouse a monument with the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai carved into it.

Told by a federal court his monument violated the separation of church and state, Moore refused to remove it and was suspended — to become famous as “The Ten Commandments Judge.”

Roy Moore is now the Republican candidate for the Senate from Alabama, having routed Sen. Luther Strange, whom President Trump endorsed and campaigned for.

Moore's primary win is a fire bell in the night for GOP senators in 2018. And should he defeat his Democratic opponent, the judge will be coming to Capitol Hill, gunning for Mitch McConnell.

Yet it is the moral convictions of the candidate that make this an interesting race for all Americans. For Moore is a social conservative of a species that is almost extinct in Washington.

He believes that man-made law must conform to the “Laws of Nature and of Nature's God,” as written in Jefferson's Declaration of Independence.

If a law contradicts God's law, it is invalid, non-binding. In some cases, civil disobedience, deliberate violation of such a law, may be the moral duty of a Christian.

Moore believes God's Law is even above the Constitution, at least as interpreted by recent Supreme Courts.

Homosexuality, an abomination in the Old Testament, Moore sees as “an inherent evil.” When the high court, in Obergefell v. Hodges, discovered a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, Moore, back on the Alabama court, defied the decision, was suspended again, and resigned.

Postmodern America may see the judge as a refugee from the Neolithic period. Yet, his convictions, and how he has stood by them, are going to attract folks beyond Alabama. And the judge's views on God, man and law are not without a distinguished paternity.

In his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King wrote: “(T)here are two types of laws: there are just laws, and there are unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘An unjust law is no law at all.'…

“A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law, or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural law.”

In his Declaration, Jefferson wrote that all men are endowed by their “Creator” with inalienable rights, and among these is the right to life.

Many Christians believe that what the Supreme Court did in Roe v. Wade — declare an unborn child's right to life contingent upon whether its mother wishes to end it — violates God's law, “Thou shalt not kill.”

Throughout our history, people acting upon such beliefs have defied laws, and are today celebrated for it.

Abolitionists, in violation of laws they believed immoral, set up the Underground Railroad to help slaves escape to freedom. King believed that laws imposing racial segregation violated the American “creed” that “all men are created equal” and acted on that belief.

Thomas More is considered by Catholics to be a saint and moral hero for defying Henry VIII's demand, among others, that he endorse a lie, that the king's marriage to Anne Boleyn was not adultery.

Early Christians accepted martyrdom rather than obey laws of the Caesars and burn incense to the gods of Rome.

After Hitler took power in 1933, he authorized the eradication of “useless eaters” in the Third Reich. Those who condemned these laws as violations of God's law, and even attempted to assassinate Hitler in 1944, are today regarded as moral heroes.
Moore, should he win, is going to become an object of fascination in The Secular City. Yet his questions and concerns are those of the silent millions on the losing side of America's culture war.

Is the USA still a good and Godly country when 55 million abortions have been performed with the sanction of law in 45 years?
Do court decisions that force Christians to act against their religious beliefs have to be obeyed? What is the duty of Christians in a paganized and perverted society?

What is taking place today is a growing alienation of one-half of the country from the other, a growing belief of millions of Americans that our society has become morally sick.

Christianity and the moral truths it has taught for 2,000 years have been deposed from the pre-eminent position they held until after World War II, and are now rejected as a source of law. They have been replaced by the tenets of a secular humanism that is the prevailing orthodoxy of our new cultural, social and intellectual elites.

If elected, Judge Moore, one imagines, will not be rendering respectfully unto the new Caesar.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

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    I went to Alabama once. As I was driving crossing the state line I saw the sign, You are now entering Alabama–Pedophiles Welcome.

    Robert Pegram
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    Robert Pegram

    What happened to my reply to Larry? It quoted Jesus in Matthew chapter 5 that not the smallest part of letters (jot and tittle) would pass from the law until the world passes away. Jesus took away the condemnation of the law unto death, not that it is God’s standard of righteousness.

    Robert Pegram
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    Robert Pegram

    Oops! I found my original comment. Please erase these 2 and leave the original. Thanks.

    Larry Brickey
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    Larry Brickey

    And what, precisely, does that mean to you?

    Robert Pegram
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    Robert Pegram

    I pointed out what Jesus said. What it objectively says is what is important. There is no such thing as “your truth or “my truth.” There is objective truth – things that are true no matter whether you (or I) believe them or not. If you don’t agree with what Jesus said you are not a Christian.

    hijinx60
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    hijinx60

    Judge Moore will need the prayers of all. IF he wins in November, he will be mocked and ridiculed more than Trump ever was because he isn’t only conservative in politics, but in his Christian beliefs also. To a liberal leftist, this is just too far.

    Edward Weber
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    Edward Weber

    IF,,,if Judge Roy Moore wins in November it truly will be a miracle. The election is not until December. LOL

    DaveW
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    DaveW

    Wish Calif had a stand up constitutionalist with moral values, ethics, and patriotism.

    Grim
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    Grim

    Great! Ammoland can now be referred to as the chaplain of firearm owners. Definitely the authority I turn to on religious issues.

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    From the sounds of it we need many more like him to help drain that swamp. Our local courthouse has the ten commandments posted on the wall in about 4 X 8 size.

    CW3RDL
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    CW3RDL

    I know Roy Moore personally. If he wins (and lives) he will bring an originalist Constitutional viewpoint to Washington. He understands that the Federal system of government doesn’t give overlapping jurisdiction by Federal courts over all state court matters. He believes the 9th and 10th Amendments limit the powers of the Federal government to those enumerated in the US Constitution. He believes the Constitution is a binding contract between the people and their government. He knows contracts don’t “evolve” but can only change when “amended” by mutual agreement of the parties; judges don’t have the power to force changes they… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @ChiefRDL, I wish that there were six hundred more of him running in this election cycle. Oh, and thank you for your service.

    XX
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    XX

    : ) 600 pedos sounds about right for Old Useless Bill.

    Larry Brickey
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    Larry Brickey

    We do not live in a theocracy. Our basic laws are rooted in the Bible but not all. And stop using the OT for a reference since Jesus brought a new covenant from God. Also, there are many more Faiths than Christianity and we deserve to be heard as well. As long as behavior is within the rules of the Constitution it is right.

    Wild Bill
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    @Larry B, the Jews think that the Old Testament is the only testament and still relevant. Why do you exclude them? You hint that you belong to some other religion. Ok, I’ll bite. What is your faith that deserves to be heard?

    Larry Brickey
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    @Wild Bill. All of them, including the Jews. I am a Baha’i, one of many Faiths new to the US since its founding. Now the 2nd largest religion in S. Carolina. But I would include all, including atheists and native religions. Protection must include all.

    Tionico
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    The Older Testament remains valid….. in all of it. Much of it has been superceded by the Newer Covenant through the finished work of Jesus on the cross… and His vindication by resurrection. No longer is God restricted to a physical place, certain select individuals, and a specified time. He is now accessibe to all who desire to seek Him. And by the bye, no honest christian thinks we live in a theocracy. Or should.

    Michael
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    Michael

    Thank you for bringing a more pluralistic viewpoint to this dangerous discussion. As gun owners we should welcome all beliefs and orientations to the sport, not continue down this road of isolation and exclusion.

    We advocate for our civil rights, protected by the Constitution, and should work harder to join forces with other advocates for civil rights. All civil rights matter.

    Robert Pegram
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    Robert Pegram

    Larry – I assume you are a Christian. Here is what Jesus said about OT law: Matthew 5: 17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill (i.e. confirm – see following verses). 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of… Read more »

    Larry Brickey
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    Larry Brickey

    So we all have to be Christians to be protected fully under the Constitution?

    Eaglesnester
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    Eaglesnester

    Hallelujah, Bless the Lord and pass the Ammunition

    MontieR
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    MontieR

    The problem starts and ends with secular humanism.

    Bill Farnham
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    Bill Farnham

    The judge will not only have to beat his opponent in the general election but also Chuck Shumer and Nancy Pelosi as they will have all of their backers and their money thrown into defeating the judge as they want the swamp in D.C. to get larger and make life harder for the president.

    WFA
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    WFA

    The Judge beat Strange, Luther, even though McConnell spent 8 million (some say 30 million) on totally bogus attack ads via, TV, radio, junk mail. More than McConnell and his ilk, what tics me off was the NRA endorsement of the Strange one. Being a Life Member, I have no leverage with NRA, and they have refused, multiple times, to explain their rational for endorsing Strange over Moore. NRA spent a lot of money on Strange – remember that the next time you see a “Your dues are not enough.”

    Robert Pegram
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    Robert Pegram

    Gun Owners of America is much better than the NRA. GOA doesn’t compromise with RINOS like the NRA does.

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    the Dem operatives spent some thirty millions to promote the corrupt Republican candidate in the primary, and lost to Morre anyway, sho only had about two millions for his campaign. Can’t think of a more lopsided victory in a Senate race. Yes, they’ll throw every dollar and other dirty trick they can rustle against him. We shall see what the People of Alabama want……. they seem to be pretty solidly behind this man of integrity, a breath of fresh air in recent politics.

    oldvet
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    @Bill…It is the people of Alabama who are important here. It sounds to me like they have they heads on straight , and the objective in sight. It won’t matter how much money is thrown up against him if the voters are aware .

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    Judge Moore should be greater than a mere senator.

    oldvet
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    oldvet

    @WB… There is the possibility of two more SCOTUS appointments .

    WFA
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    WFA

    Judge Moore’s decisions which caused all of the “issues”, are supported by the Alabama Constitution. It was an unelected, unaccountable, “Ethics Committee” which caused the problems. There is a “swamp” in Alabama, and probably every other state/commonwealth, which needs draining.