Editorial: Words Seldom Heard
Republican-American, February 27, 2002
P.O. Box 2090, Waterbury, CT 06720
It’s fascinating to see the reflexive reaction from leftists when
accusations of wrongdoing, immorality or impropriety come their way.
Recall the daily bimbo eruptions in Bill Clinton’s White House. The
Clinton spin machine responded with statements that in another era would have
been called "non-denial denials"—even "I did not have sexual
relations with that woman" left Mr. Clinton with a little wiggle room.
Then, his operatives employed their "nuts ‘n’ sluts strategy," a
whisper campaign that ironically questioned the accuser’s morals or mental
More recently, Emmy-award-winning journalist Bernard Goldberg’s exposé
about the systemic liberal bias in the news media was not met with rebuttals
but with attacks on his character. One of his former CBS News colleagues, Eric
Engberg, criticized his "sleazy, snake-in-the-grass style," and said
Mr. Goldberg never had "many friends in this organization because he was
a selfish, self-involved guy who was not a team player." On Mr. Goldberg’s
claims of blatant media bias, his many critics were remarkably silent.
These examples came to mind when we read about Roy Moore, the chief justice
of the Alabama Supreme Court, who took the occasion of a 9-0 ruling that gave
custody of three teenage children to their father rather than their lesbian
mother to write a concurrent opinion spelling out his views on homosexuality.
As most Americans know, this country is built on the foundation of free
speech, but disparaging words about homosexuals are strictly verboten by the
thought police. That didn’t seem to bother Chief Justice Moore when he wrote
how he believes homosexuality is "abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime
against nature and a violation of the laws of nature and of nature’s
God," and an "inherent evil against which children must be
protected." Further, he said, homosexuals were "presumptively unfit
to have custody of minor children under the established laws of this
Contrary to the propaganda children are being taught in public schools and
that journalists are force-feeding the public, Chief Justice Moore’s views
are not a minority opinion in this country. We believe a lot more people would
say so, but too many are cowed into silence by the sort of response Chief
Justice Moore got.
"It is appalling to see that blatant bigotry and unrepentant ignorance
reign supreme in Alabama’s highest court," said Lorri Jean, executive
director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Said Ken Baker, chairman
of Equality Begins at Home of Central Alabama: "It’s very irresponsible
for a person in a position of power to use language that is so inciteful."
Please note that Chief Justice Moore’s critics made no attempt to
demonstrate how they believe he is wrong. Rather than make substantive
arguments, they resorted to their usual chest-thumping, brow-beating and
The Alabama high court must be congratulated for standing up for
institution of marriage and for strengthening the traditional family. And
Chief Justice Moore deserves a lot of credit for having the courage to use his
concurring opinion to put an exclamation point on this unanimous ruling.
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