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Editorial: Words Seldom Heard

Waterbury Republican-American, February 27, 2002
P.O. Box 2090, Waterbury, CT 06720
Fax: 203-596-9277

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 state.

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 state."

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 name-calling.

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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