Definitely in my top five list of Nikitas

To add a bit to Meta’s post, it is both sad and hilarious that the religious right has decided that Roy Moore is a good hill to die on. As I’ve written before, when I was last plugged into that Christian right world, Moore was a divisive figure there, with a lot of evangelicals dreading him. Obviously many liked him too. Ultimately, most decided that for a movement that prides itself on respect for authority (at least in theory), backing a lawless rebel wasn’t a good look. But that was fifteen years ago. I don’t want to get pulled into the game of “they were better then” like so many people seem to want to play with George W. Bush. They all sucked then, they were just a slight bit smarter. And maybe just a little bit less desperate: it’s difficult to get more morally depraved than “so what if he wanted to fuck a middle schooler?” and yet that is where the religious right finds itself. Dismissing alleged pedophilia. This dog simply won’t hunt. You know you’re really in trouble when you’re reaching to the oldest of the Old Testament for some sort of moral get out of jail free card, as though those texts aren’t rife with polygamy, casual murder and much else besides, none of which is handled with much judgment. Even I know that just because something is in the Bible doesn’t automatically mean that it’s intended to be good behavior for Christians.

Supporting Trump was an inflection point for this community, but this truly is a point of no return. With Trump, their support was pretty much impossible to square with their stated values, but they didn’t support him alone. It’s difficult to see why they’d get more flak for it than, say, gun nuts. Honestly, the real damage to them was more likely to be from Trump actually trying to enact their inhumane and horribly unpopular policy priorities. But they really are out on a plank with Moore. This is the kind of sleazy story that’s going to resonate and as they’re all alone in backing him, so it’ll stick to them and only to them. It makes for a compact and irrefutable talking point, for sure. Not that this will “destroy” them per se, but in terms of becoming a laughingstock that ordinary people despise, well, this will definitely move them further down that path.

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  1. Metavirus says:

    Moral Majority!  argle bargle…

    Nearly 40 percent of Evangelical Christians in Alabama say they’re now more likely to vote for Roy Moore after multiple allegations that he molested children, even as voters across the historically red state now seem to be punishing Moore for his past actions, a new poll shows.

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