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Roy Moore Says “The Transgenders Don’t Have Rights”

Yet without a touch of self-consciousness, the self-righteous Senate candidate hopes for “liberty and justice for all.”

Former Alabama chief justice Roy Moore is known as the super-religious guy who twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court: first for refusing a federal order to take down a courthouse monument of the Ten Commandments and again for suggesting to probate judges that they not honor the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

Currently accused of having sought romantic and sexual relationships with girls as young as 14 while in his 30s, Moore has refused to drop out of the U.S. Senate campaign. And on the campaign trail he recently let fly another bonehead statement.

“The transgenders don’t have rights.”

According to The Montgomery Advertiser, Moore spoke those words at a press conference in that city.

Here is Moore’s reasoning:

“They’ve never been denominated as having rights by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Coincidentally, he made this statement one day after Danica Roem, a transgender woman, was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. She became the first transgender person elected to a state house, and she unseated a conservative Republican to get there.

Feeling a little nervous, Roy?

Times change, Roy
First, we simply have to get this out of the way: “The transgenders” makes us think of a really cool movie/toy combination. Think “the Transformers,” only much more self-aware.

Now let’s look at Moore’s statement again:

“They’ve never been denominated as having rights by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Well, neither did African-Americans, women, or gays and lesbians for quite some time. Ultimately the court realized the United States Constitution does (and should!) confer rights to all people, rather than just the straight white men who signed that document.

Thus we have things like equal education, the chance to vote, overturning of the interracial marriage ban, same-sex marriage, a shot at fair housing, an end to gender-based military service benefits and abortion rights.

At some point the U.S. Supreme Court may catch up to the fact that – like the previously discriminated-against groups noted above – transgender individuals have the right to go about their lives without fear of discrimination.

Separation of church and state: It’s a thing
During a September debate, Moore made this statement:

“I want to see virtue and morality returned to our country. God is the only source of our law, liberty and government…Our foundation has been shaken. Crime, corruption, immorality, abortion, sodomy, sexual perversion sweep our land. When we become one nation under God again, when liberty and justice for all reigns across our land, we will be truly good again.”

A few things, Roy:

• The U.S. operates under a “separation of church and state” model. Look it up.

• The “under God” part was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. Before that, we were simply “one nation, indivisible.”

• When you cite “liberty and justice for all,” you’re not really thinking about all of us. Based on your campaign stop quote, as well as other self-righteous statements you’ve made, “the transgenders” and gays and lesbians don’t make the cut.

The same Constitution that he’s attempting to undermine actually protects his hatefulness. Roy Moore can live any way he likes, go to any church he likes and (mostly) say whatever he likes.

What he can’t do is act this way while acting as a public servant. Just as he was removed (twice) from the Alabama Supreme Court for bringing his religious opinions into his day job, he should be similarly censured if he wins the Senate election.

God forbid.

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