The Senate hopeful displayed racism earlier in his career as well
Roy Moore, the Senate Candidate from Alabama, gave a speech in August where he blamed the recent spate of 'shootings and killings' in United States soil on the removal of 'God' from American society. He said that Americans have been found to not acknowledge the almighty in their daily lives leading to disastrous effects. Moore is competing against Senator Luther Strange, the incumbent candidate and fellow Republican. The winner will be decided by a runoff primary race scheduled for September 26. Moore is running for Senate seat which was vacated by the now Supreme Court Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Moore, who made his name as a former chief justice working at the Supreme Court of Alabama, made the above comments to the Citizen Impact USA group. The event was held on August 24. This event, incidentally, was held to defend religious liberties. The video of this speech was then uploaded to YouTube by Studio 25 productions, the Atlanta headquartered production company. The video was made available for worldwide viewing from August 25th.
Moore justified his statement by stating a number of verses taken from the book of Hosea in the Old Testament. The said portion dealt with the absence of knowledge regarding God. He said, "You wonder why we're having shootings, and killings here in 2017? Because we've asked for it. We've taken God out of everything. We've taken prayer out of school, we've taken prayer out of council meetings." When contacted, the spokesperson assigned to Moore declined to speak to the media.
Political observers familiar with Moore are familiar with this rhetoric. The candidate has earlier suggested that tragic events which befell the United States were the end result of Americans turning their backs to God. In February, he commented to the media that the September 11 attacks could have occurred as America has moved away from God.
Moore has an interesting career graph on this God being invoked regard. He was expelled from office in 2003 as he had insisted on displaying in his courtroom the Ten Commandments. The Justice was removed from office again in 2016 as he did not want to enforce the ruling laid down by the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of same-sex marriage rights. He also refers to African Americans as blacks, Asians as yellow, American Indians as reds and the electoral competition between Democrats and Republicans as fighting.