If you don’t think theocracy is coming, it is time to wake up, folks, and smell the burning books. Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court, the infamous “Ten Commandments” judge, put it all out there for anyone listening: the First Amendment applies only to Christians.
This is not Bryan Fischer talking now, or Pat Robertson, or even David Barton. This is not somebody just running for office. This is the supreme justice of a state supreme court doing the talking. You know, somebody we depend upon to uphold the law and the Constitution.
“Buddha didn’t create us,” he said, as though it has any meaning at all. “Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures.”
I know, right?
According to MY ancestors, Odin created us out of trees and the first humans were Askr and Embla. We learn this in the Voluspa 17 and 18. Burr’s sons, Óðinn, Hoenir and Lothurr, find two tree trunks along the shore and create man from them. The three gods give them ond – breath and life, othr – soul, la, or life giving warmth and gothr litr appearance (or health). Snorri says the whole human race comes from Askr (Ash-tree) and Embla (usually translated to be “Elm-tree”) and the gods gave them Midgard (lit. ‘dwelling place in the middle’ or – yeah, Tolkein didn’t invent it – ‘Middle Earth’) as a place to live.
On an episode of the original Cosmos, Carl Sagan said,
We’re virtually identical to trees. We both use nucleic acids as the hereditary material; we both use proteins as enzymes to control the chemistry of the cell and most significantly, we both use the identical code book to translate nucleic acid information into protein information. Any tree could read my genetic code.” The question he asks is, “Why are we cousins to the trees?
Well, I have an answer. It’s called Óðinn, Hoenir and Lothurr = Askr and Embla.
But Moore no more cares about other religions, or religious freedom, than he does about science. He added that, “They didn’t bring the Koran over on the pilgrim ship. Let’s get real, let’s go back and learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.”
That’s rich, the Religious Right talking about learning history. By learning history he apparently means forgetting history and listening to David Barton’s grotesque flights of fantasy instead.
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He was speaking at the Pastor for Life Luncheon, an event sponsored by Pro-Life Mississippi, so it’s the sort of thing you’d expect to hear. But not from a chief justice of a state supreme court, who can reasonably be expected to know better.
He is also publishing a pamphlet, which he says will be published “this week, maybe next” and that it will for some reason contain copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. I say for whatever reason because, since he has proven he cares not a whit for what either document says, why appeal to them?
The man has clearly lost his way and his reason, because though neither document so much as mentions God, Jesus, the Ten Commandments, or the Bible, Moore says they will prove that the people “who found this nation – black, white, all people, all religions, all faiths” knew America was “about God.”
Actually, the slaves brought here against their will were what the Church thought of us Pagans or Heathens. They didn’t want to be here in the first place. What they knew America was about was forced servitude, beatings, and rape.
What he somehow forgets is that whatever America was about to the diverse groups who settled here is that after the American Revolution, they agreed to a secular Constitution that has NOTHING to do with God – anyone’s God – and everything to do about protecting people from the evils of state sponsored religion, the exact sort of evil Moore now wants to visit upon us while he hypocritically waves a copy of the Constitution that forbids him from doing what he’s doing.
This is worst than dishonest.
And he’s a judge. A supreme court justice.
Do you remember yesterday when I cited William Blackstone and his explanation for why women were not legally people, but legally a part of their husband and therefore indistinguishable from him? No surprise that Moore loves him some Blackstone. Moore says Blackstone determined that life begins when “the baby kicks” and then lies entirely when he claims “Today, our courts say it’s not alive ’til the head comes out.”
Our courts say nothing of the kind. Nor does the Old Testament say it’s a human in the womb. They didn’t count baby’s in the Old Testament until AFTER they were born. That’s just fact. It’s the history Moore claims to be appealing to but ignores instead.
Then he went all David Barton on his listeners and said, “Now, if technology’s supposed to increase our knowledge, how did we become so stupid?” In the Declaration of Independence, we read that “all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Moore asserts that, “when [Jefferson] put ‘life’ in there, it was in the womb — we know it begins at conception. Why aren’t we going the right way instead of the wrong way?”
But at the time, nobody cared much about that part of the Constitution. We see it as central today, but what counted then was the part that began with “these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES…”
As Abraham Lincoln later pointed out, the rest was there “for future use” since it was of no immediate use in freeing the Colonies from Great Britain. In other words, God was not first and foremost in the minds of the Founding Fathers as they moved this country first toward independence, and then, later, toward nationhood.
Moore cannot prove otherwise. The evidence does not exist.
And Moore ignores the fact that, most inconveniently, Thomas Jefferson did not mention a “Creator” in his original draft of the Declaration, and it was only after some discussion that the term “Creator” was put into the document. Also ignored is the fact that Jefferson also wrote (in his Notes on Virginia, 1782), “But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
Moore topped this theocratic masturbatory session with, “you can’t be happy unless you follow God’s law, and if you follow God’s law, you can’t help but be happy.”
Unless you are of the wrong, religion, of course, unless you are destined to be very unhappy under Moore’s theocracy, not because you lack God, but because you will find yourself persecuted, smote hip and thigh, even unto death.
“It’s all about God,” he said, as if we hadn’t figured that out yet. “We’ve made ‘life’ a decision taken by man,” he said, and “taken ‘liberty,’ and converted it to ‘licentiousness. We’ve taken ‘pursuit of happiness,’ and reduced it to materialism.”
Because the Founding Fathers cared nothing for materialism while they lived on their fancy plantations and in their city mansions. Nossir, not at all. They lived like gentle Jesus among the sheep while their slaves frolicked in the fields.
Talk about not knowing any history.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.