Homophobes travel to Alabama to support Roy Moore’s anti-LGBT extremism

Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore and his wife Kayla. Brynn Anderson, AP.

Rabidly homophobic activists came from across the country to support ousted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. The press conference was held Thursday.

It’s not a surprise. Moore has for years made anti-LGBT+ comments, including saying in 2005 that “homosexual conduct should be illegal”.

On November 9, Moore’s latest outrageous comments got smothered by the news that day allegations that Moore committed sexual abuse against a minor, and often dated girls in high school when he was in his 30s.

Moore’s comments that day were directed against transgender people. He said, “The transgenders [sic] don’t have rights. They’ve never been denominated as having rights by the U. S. Supreme Court.” It’s surprising that the former judge looks to the Supreme Court, since the reason he was thrown out of his Chief Justice position (for the second time) was because he told county judges in Alabama to ignore the court’s ruling on same- sex marriage in the Obergefell marriage equality decision.

For more coverage of Roy Moore and his bigoted, anti-LGBT+ extremism, visit:
Allegations against Roy Moore roil US evangelical ranks
Anti-LGBT+ Alabama senate nominee Roy Moore accused of sexual assault
Roy Moore’s bigoted past catching up to him.

The press event opened with a prayer from the notoriously anti-LGBT+ Alan Keyes who compared homosexuality to incest, bestiality and pedophilia in his run for Illinois’ Senate seat (against Barack Obama) in 2004.

Other speakers included Rabbi Noson Leiter, who once called Hurricane Sandy's destruction "divine justice" for same-sex marriage, and lashed out at "homosexualist gay terrorism", according to the Associated Press.

"’We need Judge Moore to stand up to the LGBT transgender mafia,’ Leiter said. He added, ‘We need someone with a proven record of facing off against the gay terrorists.’

“Another Moore supporter, Texas Christian activist Steven Hotze, warned in 2015 that children would be ‘encouraged to practice sodomy in kindergarten’ as a result of same-sex marriage. On Thursday, Hotze refused to describe the union of two gay people as marriage: ‘It's mirage because it's just like a mirage — it's phony and it's fake.’

“North Carolina-based Christian activist Flip Benham last year warned in a Charlotte City Council meeting that the policies that protect the civil rights of transgender people would trigger ‘bloodshed coursing down the corners of our streets.’

"’We're praising everything that God says is wrong and will destroy you,’ he said Thursday. ‘Homosexual sodomy destroys those who participate in that behavior and nations that approve of it.’"

The organizer of the press conference, Ohio anti-abortion activist Janet Porter, refused questions from reporters about the allegations of sexual abuse, and refused to let Moore take the podium to answer questions.

It appears that Moore and his supporters are trying to quash coverage of the sexual charges swirling around the Moore campaign by going back to issues he thinks have helped him in the past, including homophobia, saying Muslims shouldn't serve in Congress, and other red-meat issues for his far-right base. That effort probably will be ineffective. The news of the charges against him, and added allegations as the week progressed, have led the news almost every night since the first allegations came out on November 9.

Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have said that Moore should drop out of the race, along with many prominent GOP leaders. However, Moore has reiterated that he will not drop out of the race.

The special election to fill the seat left vacant by the elevation of Sen. Jeff Sessions to Attorney General is December 12.

You can watch the entire press conference here.

Copyright The Gayly – November 18, 2017 @ 3:50 p.m. CST.