Roy Moore’s Clone?

Last December when former judge Roy Moore was defeated in his bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate, many applauded and said it was a sign that Alabamans were finally awake, that there was a turnaround in the south, the nation.  Though I applauded Moore’s loss, I wasn’t so sure it was a sign of change, since Moore only lost to Doug Jones by a narrow margin, 1.7% or only 22,819 votes. Moore, an accused pedophile, a disgraced judge who had twice been thrown off the judicial bench for failing to uphold the law, and a homophobic bigot, should have been defeated by a landslide, if there were truly a change of heart among Alabama voters.  I did not then, and still do not see Moore’s loss as a sign of a blue wave, or that Alabamans have changed their way of thinking.

As evidence, a former top aide to Moore, Tom Parker, an associate justice on the Alabama Supreme Court since 2004, has been nominated by the Alabama GOP to become Alabama’s the next chief justice.  Parker is very nearly a clone of Roy Moore.

tom parker-2Like Moore, Parker holds a deep animus against the LGBT community, and he believes that his judicial decisions should be driven by his conservative religious beliefs. Parker once compared a federal judge, who ruled against the now-defunct ban on gay members of the military serving openly, to Al-Qaeda. He also wrote a judicial opinion claiming that the Supreme Court’s decision permitting same-sex couples to marry “conclusively demonstrates that the rule of law is dead.”

Take a look at Parker’s campaign ad …

In one case in 2016, referring to the Supreme Court decision supporting same-sex marriage, Parker said …

“But in regard to the Obergefell decision, where it’s clear that they jumped outside of all the precedents in order to impose their will on this country, that yes, resisting that decision could maybe start a revival of what we need in this country to return to our founding principles.”

But homophobia isn’t his only fatal flaw.  In 2004, Parker was photographed handing out Confederate flags at a funeral.  Take a look at the photo …Parker et al

See the two men on either side of him?  They are Leonard Wilson, a board member of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, which describes black people as a “retrograde species of humanity”; and Mike Whorton, a leader with the League of the South, which advocates for the secession of Southern states.

Parker was pleased when the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) criticized him based on the company he keeps, saying he “must be doing the right things” if the organization was upset at him. He said the SPLC was “the most liberal, politically correct law firm in the country, and they have fought virtually every attempt in our state to acknowledge God, who is the source of our rights.”  Ever hear of separation of church and state, Mr. Parker?

The SPLC also filed a complaint against Parker in 2015 after he went on a radio show as a sitting judge to advocate that state courts resist the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.

Parker’s 2016 Supreme Court campaign was supported by another ally and neo-Confederate, Michael Peroutka, who travels the country preaching about merging the Bible, the Constitution and Confederate values.

If we think that Roy Moore’s defeat last December was  indicative of a future wave of voters against racism, against bigotry … think again, for Parker won the primary against incumbent Lyn Stuart …parker ballotpedia

Granted it isn’t a huge margin, but the fact that he won, the fact that he had 241,000+ votes, speaks volumes.

19 thoughts on “Roy Moore’s Clone?

  1. This guy reminds me of a comic from years back (whose name escapes me) who used to sound like the cartoon character Foghorn Leghorn and would shout stuff like “Arrest that man. He stepped on a Dixie cup.” These guys live in a different world than many of us. —- Suzanne

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    • You are ABSOLUTELY right!!! The point I’ve been trying to make for months now. It isn’t enough to rest on our laurels and assume that dislike of Trump will be enough to carry the day, for I strongly fear it won’t. With the best efforts, i think it will be an uphill battle.

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  2. Sadly this bigotry is not limited to just Alabama. It seems to be spread through the whole country. I worry about it as many are trying to get that sickness to grow so they can use it for personal power. Hugs

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  3. I have to accept that some States will hold the value (lack of) of the GOP while some will be for the Democrats. What makes it hard to accept is when people vote for a candidate who is not just Republican but who is a racist bigot with ideas of white supremacy and gives them a comfortable win.These are not supposed to be the things that win a campaign these days. These people are perverted.

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    • Exactly! There will always be ideological differences among people and political parties, but some things, such as racism, homophobia, misogyny, and other forms of bigotry, are simply taboo in any society. They MUST be taboo, else we cannot have a civil society where everyone feels safe and valued. Trump is evil, but the fact that he still has some 40% of the nation supporting him speaks volumes about what this nation has become. It has become one that I am deeply ashamed of.

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  4. Dear Jill,

    Guess who isn’t visiting Alabama anytime soon. Do these Alabamians recognize how they look to the rest of the world and why there could be problems in locating businesses to their state? There has to be a reason for it always being rated in the bottom 5 states for poverty, education, etc.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Sadly, while it seems more glaring in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, it exists throughout the nation to one degree or another. But the southern states still seem to think they are fighting the Civil War, and until they come into the 21st century and realize that the ideals they are fighting for are outdated and inhumane, they are destined to remain bigoted and economically depressed. Hopefully, the next generation will set about changing things. Hugs!!!

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  5. It’s a long hard road Jill before these bigoted bitter old men and their attitudes are caste into the sewer section of Human History.
    From an outside perspective they look ridiculous. What they probably do not realise is that they are being profiled themselves as the satirical European idea of what a Southerner is, in short they are also the victims of racism.

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    • You are quite right that they are heading for the sewer section of human history. And there was a time I saw them as a dying breed that in the next decade or so would be gone forever. But … as I look around, I see that they are being replaced with a new generation of bigots who may not be as open, as blatant, but still have the same attitudes. It speaks volumes that Parker could garner more than half the vote! I would have expected, in a civil and sane society, that he would have had less than 15%. Sigh. They are a stereotype indeed, the “Colonel Sanders” image. I read yesterday that at one point Roy Moore actually said that the best period in American history was when there was slavery, for families were stronger then. 🐺

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      • By that standard Mr Moore should have referred back to pre-revolutionary times, when you had a King, and everyone knew their places and stations in Life. America was a crown colony safely defended from the depravations of foreign powers. And the riff-raff were not allowed to vote.

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