Roy Moore Has Appeared on Radio Show of Pastor Who Calls for Gays People to Be Executed and Says That AIDS Is ‘God’s Retribution’
The leaderÂ in the race for the nomination to be theÂ Republican Party’s candidate for the U.S. Senator from Alabama, Roy Moore, has a historyÂ of appearing on the radioÂ program of a right wing Christian pastor who calls for gays people to be executed and says that AIDS is “God’s retribution.”
Moore, who resigned as the state’s Supreme Court chief justice after being suspended until the end of his elected term over his actions against same-sex marriage, at least five times has appeared with Pastor Kevin Swanson, as CNN reports. As recently as February Moore appeared on Swanson’s show.
Just how anti-gay is Pastor Swanson?
In late 2015 Swanson held a political religious liberty conference, attended by Sen. Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported on Swanson’s conference, sayingÂ a “significant portion” of what was talked about during the event “was the exact contours, the exact language of what they believe is a biblical commandment that gay people in the United States should be rounded up and executed.”
“It really was a ‘kill the gays’ call to arms,” Maddow observed. “This was a conference about the necessity of the death penalty as a punishment for homosexuality.”
Here’s what Swanson said during that conference:
“In fact in Romans 1 Paul affirms that this particular sin is worthy of death,” Swanson says of homosexuality in the video above. “The Old and New Testament, I believe both speak with authority and we outta receive it.”
So vile and offensive are Pastor Swanson’s remarks that even Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign was forced to say he should not have appeared with Swanson.
But Roy Moore has shown no intention of distancing himself from Swanson.
In response to a request for comment on Moore’s appearances with Swanson, Moore spokesperson Brett Doster told CNN: “Appearing in any interview is never an endorsement of the interviewer. Responding to CNN is a great example.”
Moore has made a career of being virulently anti-gay. It is a cornerstone of his political image, regardless of how he now tries to suggest he merely follows the law.
CNN adds that “Moore himself has been outspoken against LGBT rights, calling homosexuality an ‘inherent evil,’ as well as ‘abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature and a violation of the laws of nature and of nature’s God’ in a 2002 opinion he issued as chief justice. Moore was suspended as chief justice in 2016 for instructing Alabama’s probate judges to defy a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”
On his Senate campaign website Moore says:
As a husband, father, and grandfather, I know the importance of the future we leave to our posterity.Â
A strong family based on marriage between one man and one woman is and should remain our only guide and model. I oppose abortion, same-sex marriage, civil unions, and all other threats to the traditional family order.
Federal funding for Planned Parenthood or any form of abortion should be stopped.
We must remain a moral and virtuous people, “One Nation under God.” I support freedom of worship and the recognition of that God upon Whom we have always relied in peace and war.
Moore is leading in the race against Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the seat when Jeff Sessions became Trump’s Attorney General. Earlier this month it was reported Moore did not know what DACA is.
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Watch: Schumer Compares McConnell to Southern Segregationists for Blocking Voting Rights
On Tuesday, following Senate Republicans’ lockstep vote to block debate on voting rights, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gave a thunderous speech comparing Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to the southern segregationists who fought the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
“Republican state legislatures across the country are engaged in the most sweeping voter suppression in 80 years,” said Schumer. “Capitalizing on and catalogued by Donald Trump’s big lie. These state governments are making it harder for younger, poorer, urban and non-white Americans to vote. Earlier today, the Republican leader told reporters that, quote, ‘Regardless of what may be happening in some states, there is no rationale for federal intervention.’ The Republican leader flatly stated that no matter what the states do to undermine our democracy — voter suppression laws, phony audits, partisan takeovers of local election boards — the Senate should not act.”
“The Republican leader uses the language and the logic of the southern senators in the ’60s who defended states rights, and it is an indefensible position for any senator, any senator, let alone the minority leader to hold,” said Schumer. “When John Lewis was about to cross that bridge in Selma, he didn’t know what waited for him on the other side. He didn’t know how long his march would be. And his ultimate success was never guaranteed. But he started down that bridge anyway. Today Democrats started our march to defend the voting rights of all Americans. It could be a long march, but it is one we are going to make.”
Pelosi Will Create Select Committee to Investigate January 6 Insurrection After GOP Kills Bill for Bipartisan Group
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has just told Democrats she will create a special Select committee to investigate Donald Trump’s violent January 6 insurrection, a deadly attempted coup.
WASHINGTON (AP) — AP source: House Speaker Pelosi tells Democrats she will create new committee to investigate Jan. 6 attack at Capitol.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 22, 2021
The House voted to approve a bipartisan committee but Senate Republicans killed that bill.
Pelosi made the announcement as Senate Republicans killed debate on the voting rights bill.
This is a breaking news and developing story.
GOP Senators Orchestrate ‘Blockade’ of Key Biden Agenda Bills: Voting Rights Bill Killed, Infrastructure in Doubt
Republicans Tuesday evening killed debate on the For the People Act, a key component of Democrats’ agenda to protect democracy, expand and strengthen voting rights, and reduce the influence of dark money in elections. As Senators were voting on the motion to begin debate on the bill, news broke that the GOP Whip, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota had announced another critical piece of Democratic legislation, the infrastructure bill, was even further in doubt.
GOP Senators appeared to be orchestrating a complete and total shutdown of key legislation critical to President Joe Biden’s progressive agenda.
Democratic Majority Leader Schumer immediately denounced Republicans’ “blockade.”
Sen. Thune also said Republicans would oppose a slimmed down version of a voting rights bill:
Thune contradicts Blunt when asked just now if GOP leadership would come out against narrower measures like the VRA: “I suspect yes.”
“It just replaces a state’s sovereignty with the federal government, and that’s a bridge I don’t think our members are willing to cross.” https://t.co/mmVduM5fPH
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) June 22, 2021
60 votes were required to begin debate on the voting rights bill. The motion failed in a 50-50 vote. As voting was taking place GOP Minority Leader Mitch mcConnell could be seen huddling with other top Republican Senators including John Cornyn of Texas and John Kennedy of Louisiana.
The only option to pass the bill now would be for a simple majority of Senators agree to kill the 60-vote filibuster. Some are supporting a modification to 55 votes. Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona had steadfastly refused to support killing the filibuster.
“This is a dark day in this country,” Al Sharpton said on MSNBC.
“This is a dark day for Republicans,” host Nicolle Wallace replied. “Republicans won’t just walk over norms, they will burn them down,” she told host Ari Melber during the handoff.
Voting rights expert Ari Berman weighed in, chastising the GOP:
Vote on For the People Act isn’t on legislation itself, but whether to start debate on the bill. Republicans are so afraid of democracy they won’t even allow a debate on how to fix it
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) June 22, 2021
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