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A Host of Letters on Judge Moore

Montgomery Advertiser, March 18, 2002
Box 1000, Montgomery, AL 36101-1000
Fax: 334-261-1505

Letter: Stop misusing Bible to justify hate

I am sick of your readers using this paper as a means to preach to the masses, quoting Scripture and spewing more hatred with every word. When will the fundamentalists of Alabama wake up and realize that they are the true sinners here?

The Bible says "love thy neighbor as thyself" and "thou shalt not judge," but those ideas get thrown right out the window and get replaced with "love the sinner, hate the sin."

I have had people tell me, "The devil has a stronghold on you. You canít even see the sin you are committing." However, I think this statement is perfect for those who are blinded by their own hatred of those who are different from themselves. They donít see their hate. They donít see the sin they are committing.

As usual, Alabama is way behind the times. Racism, gender-bias and homophobia run rampant here simply because these people are blinded by what they feel is the truth. The real truth is out there.

I would encourage the blind to use the Bible as their way to acceptance of themselves, of others, and of the truthóthat we are not all the same, but we are all Godís children. Stop using the Bible to justify hate. That is not its purpose.

- Michelle McHugh, Montevallo


(March 17, 2002)

It seems from letters to the editor that our state Supreme Court chief justice, West Pointís gift to the military police, has aroused Alabama homophobes. These good ole boys have gone to spouting Leviticus while they continue to eat pork barbecue and fried oysters.

In my nearly four-score years I have observed that men who are secure in their manhood donít get upset about homosexuality as long as nothing is done in the streets that would frighten the horses. Perhaps homophobes protest too loudly.

Two of the dead heroes of Sept. 11óthe New York Fire Department chaplain and one man who led Flight 93ís passengersí attack upon its hijackersówere of a different persuasion.

It doesnít seem that women get similarly exercised over their sapphic sisters. Relax, fellas.

- John H. Napier III, Ramer


If Judge Moore saw a recent Today Show interview on the six-month anniversary of the events of 9/11, he knows that one of the passengers on the flight that crashed in Pennsylvania that day was a gay rugby player.

He was also one of the passengers who attempted to overpower the hijackers to prevent further loss of life. In doing so, he lost his own life, as did other brave passengers that day. Before joining the other passengers who stormed the cockpit, he called his mother and told her that he loved her.

Is this the behavior of an evil man? It seems to me that the evil behind not only the terrorist attacks, but Mooreís fulmination against homosexuals as well, is hate. I give God credit for having the wisdom to determine which person, this courageous young gay man or Moore, was promoting evil.

- Paul Vincent, Montgomery


For weeks we have been treated to tirade after tirade denouncing Chief Justice Roy Mooreís concurrence in a unanimous decision by the Alabama Supreme Court. For the most part, the tirades have been personal attacks on Moore and attempts to defend and/or bolster homosexual activity.

What has been conspicuous by its absence thus far is evidenced, empirical or otherwise, of any redeeming social value attributed to homosexual activity. Many of us are waiting for the proponents of homosexual activity to come forward and explain why it is a good thing and what laws of God and nature encourage and support it.

- Samuel J. Maraman, Montgomery


Tuscaloosa News, March 17, 2002
PO Box 20587, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-0587
Fax: 205-349-0802


Thank God for Vonetta Flowers! With her recent history-making gold medal win at the Olympics, she has made all Alabamians proud. Then there is Judge Roy Moore! With inflammatory remarks against gays and lesbians, he has once again made the rest of the nation wonder what is going on in the "Heart of Dixie." One step forward, two steps backward.

Judge Moore has the right to his own beliefs about homosexuality or heterosexuality, but not the right to impose his personal religious convictions on all Alabamians. As chief justice of the Supreme Court he is wrong to demonize and to write off a whole segment of the population.

I wish Judge Moore had been in the audience the night I saw "The Laramie Project." (Shelton State and Michael Carr, the director, have my congratulations for their insight and courage in bringing this controversial play to our community.) This story about the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student in Wyoming, provokes us to ask ourselves how we might respond to those who are not like us: with compassion and tolerance, or hatred and violence? Iím afraid Judge Mooreís words might stir up the latter in some people.

Now is the time for citizens of Alabama who have gay children, friends or colleaguesóor those who simply believe in equal justice for allóto break the silence and speak out against the official opinion of Judge Moore.

- Jon Atkinson, Tuscaloosa


Letter: The typical Roy Moore supporter (March 14, 2002)

After consulting with a group of nationally renowned psychologists, zoologists, religious scholars, and anthropologists, I have developed what I believe is an accurate physical and mental profile of the average Roy Moore supporter.

Physically, this person is inclined to drag his hairy knuckles across the earth when he walks, has a forehead that protrudes well beyond the tip of his nose, subsists on a daily diet of squirrel, opossum, and pigeon, develops a severe headache when calculating a 2 percent tip at a restaurant, has red and swollen index fingers from the incessant thumping of Bibles, can sit transfixed for hours, staring at "purty, shiny things," and, mysteriously, dozes off whenever confronted by a succession of printed words.

Mentally, this individual tends to communicate with monosyllables and jerky arm movements, believes, despite incontrovertible evidence, that our planet is only six thousand years old, is often confused by the intricate wordplay of the "Teletubbies," is convinced that fluoridation is a government ploy to control his mind, curses aloud when he is delayed two minutes at a traffic light but then returns home to watch 11 straight hours of television without moving, thinks the nation needs more patriots like Oliver North and Jerry Falwell, and wonders, by God, why todayís women arenít as submissive as his own mother.

If you spot one of these creatures, immediately contact local authorities. They are easily controlled and manipulated, but they have been known to attack on occasion. So donít get too close.

- Eric Spivey, Tuscaloosa


Letter: Just what does Roy Moore have in mind?

In his voluminous opinion regarding gays and lesbians, Chief Justice Moore, referred to homosexuals as an inherent evil, saying they were not to be tolerated. How does he propose this intolerance be accomplished? For example, in Sylacauga, a gentle and kind man was viciously tortured and murdered by persons who were intolerant toward his homosexual lifestyle. Without his having said so literally, it would certainly appear that Moore was advocating that we show our intolerance in like fashion and that I refuse to do. For the sake of this State and all its citizenry, Moore should better phrase his diatribes, unless he intentionally meant just what he said in his opinion.

While holding peopleís very lives in their hands and making fateful decisions regarding these same lives, the court is instructed to be blind to race, sex, creed, religion, station in life, and monetary wealth. When we stand, supposedly equal, before that judging body, decisions are to be based solely upon the facts of the case, and not upon any extenuating circumstances.

Moore has made the homosexual unequal in our society. Do we wish to remain always known as an intolerant ignorant group of people driven toward hatred and fear of anything we do not understand? If we want to break the cycle of intolerance we must support lawmakers who represent tolerance and work actively against re-electing those who embody hatred and intolerance. We, who do not agree with Justice Moore must speak up and let our views be known.

- Barbara Buttram, Gadsden


Judges are expected to interpret the law as written by our elected Legislature; whether those laws are legal or not. If the laws are not within the confines of law then its the Judges job to work with the Legislature in making needed changes. Also it is their job to listen to the peopleís voices.

Some interpretations tend to wind up being totally unfair to one segment of the society; while giving great favor to others.

This very thing caused the American Revolution in 1776. In the civil courts we have seen for too many years the abuse and mistreatments in the simplest of cases. Each day we see that some men or women are held in jail for months without being charged, given an attorney or their day in Court.

It adds insult to injury when a Judge places wrongful mean hateful statements upon opinions. So when our Courts take a stance of attempting to write laws rather than to just interpreting itís a step backward in time.

I brought this matter to the attention of the elected and the citizens some three years ago and nothing has been done to correct this abuse! We see one man with total control and he only lets a few of his special buddies in on the deal they call "Alabama Justice".

All of this comes down to one simple thing; greed! Speak up Alabama! Ask questions! Itís your right!

- Maston M. Mims Sr., Former State Senator, Uriah


Letter: Moore has no right to speak for Alabama

There is a place where intolerance is the law of land. A place of state-sponsored bigotry, narrow-mindedness, and fanaticism. A place where the highest legal powers of the land have one message for the populace: If you are not exactly like meóthink like me, look like me, raise your children like me, worship like me, believe in your heart like meóyou are wrong.

Hitlerís Germany?

The Talibanís Afghanistan?

No. Welcome to Chief Justice Roy Mooreís Alabama.

In February Alabamaís Supreme Court gave custody of three children to their heterosexual father rather than their homosexual mother. The particulars of the entire courtís ruling are complex, and the verdict potentially sound, Moore went further in a concurring opinion, making his biases clear. He describes the lives of gay and lesbian people as "abhorrent," "immoral," "detestable," an "inherent evil," and "an intolerable evil." He condemns homosexuality as "so heinous that it defies oneís ability to describe it."

Fact: Moore is entitled to his personal beliefs. Fact: Moore is not allowed to use beliefs as a basis for legal decision-making. Fact: Canon 3 of Judicial Ethics of the Code of Alabama states: "A judge should perform the duties of his office impartially and diligently." The official commentary to Canon 3 states that "personal bias or prejudice concerning a party" disqualifies a judge.

Moore has no right to speak for Alabama. His job is to apply the law, without bias. In interests of impartial law, he needs to step down from the Supreme Court.

- Sean Aden Lovelace, Tuscaloosa


Letter: Roy Moore a true Christian

In response to the articles by Jim Nichols and Heather Rhoades in the March 5 editorial page, I have a few thoughts. Paul tells us that "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." From what I understand of this scripture, in order to glorify God, I must not sin. The variety of moral sins that Nichols named are a few of all the sins that are recorded in the scriptures. Homosexuality is the lowest, basest sin a person can do. Sodom and Gomorrah were extinguished with fire from Heaven because of this abomination. The tribe of Benjamin was reduced to a few remaining men, because of this gross wickedness.

In todayís society, many educators, politicians, church ministers, doctors and lawyers and other public officials are practicing gross immorality. It has become normal practice. The Bible has become of little or no meaning to them.

Judge Roy Moore is a moralist, a true Christian, and an extremely good judge. He should be our next governor. Every Christian in Alabama must rally for those in office who oppose those whose lives that are ruled by their sin.

Children deserve parents and teachers that are morally right in order to be taught what is sin and what is not. It is sad to know that many children in our society will be raised to have no belief or respect for the Bible as Godís authoritative word. But it is in fulfilling the prophecies of the end time.

- John R. Caine, Tuscaloosa


Letter: Roy Moore historically wrong

Jerry Barnettís letter ("Help Homosexuals, Donít Hate Them," 3/1) exhibits the typical lack of knowledge about the Constitution found in the fundamentalist community. This ignorant mantra is anathema to we historians who have actually taken the time to study the works of the Founding Fathers rather than be blinded by the dogma of faith.

Let me enlighten Mr. Barnett and the others who perniciously mislead on the topic of religion/state separation. The phrase "Bill of Rights" designates the freedoms guaranteed in the first 10 amendments, yet it would be the height of incredulity to argue that the phrase does not appear in the Constitution. Similarly, the right to a fair trial is generally accepted to be a constitutional principle, yet the term "fair trial" is not found in the Constitution. To bring the point even closer to home, who would deny that "religious liberty" is a constitutional principle? Yet that phrase is not found in the Constitution. The universal acceptance, which all these terms, including "separation of church and state," have received in America, confirm their reality as basic American democratic principles.

The Constitution does not allow fundamentalists to hijack the government for religious welfare to promote their cause. No one group is sanctioned as having special rights. The concept at issue here is more accurately expressed in Madisonís phrase, "separation between Religion and Government." This is the genius of the Founding Fathers legacy and it illustrates how Judge Moore and his sycophants are legally and historically wrong.

- Robert Carver, Knoxville, Tenn.

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