Judge Roy Moore Suggests Civil War Possible In Opposition To Marriage Equality

alabama-chief-justice-roy-mooreIt goes without saying that after the recent ruling by the Supreme Court which legalized same-sex marriage, right-wing conservatives are extremely angry. Few of them have done more to blockade equal rights and try to insert religion into government than Alabama’s own Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has made an entire career out of defying the separation of church and state.


While many conservatives have grudgingly accepted the fact that like Obamacare, marriage equality is here to stay after the decisions handed down by the Supreme Court, the fringe elements are hinting at armed revolt to “take their country back.” Recently, after the Charleston shooting, Democrats have asked for Senate hearings on domestic terrorism. Based on the remarks from folks like the rising Tea Party star Sheriff David Clarke or Chief Justice Roy Moore, those hearings might just be a damn good idea.

Roy Moore did an interview with fundamentalist wingnut Randall Terry yesterday where he floated the possibility of a civil war in response to marriage equality, or as the right-wing calls it, “religious persecution of Christians.”

Moore told Terry that religious “persecution is just beginning” because Americans will be “forced to accept evil” and “condone sodomy,” which the two agreed will lead to a massive and possibly violent backlash. “I hope we don’t have a war, I hope we don’t have conflicts but we definitely need to recognize that same-sex marriage is something that has not existed on a government level,” Moore added.

After Moore said that the founding fathers would be “incensed” at the court’s decision, Terry claimed that if the founders rebelled against the British over taxes, they would have certainly also led a revolution over an attempt to “make the colonies into Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Moore has previously warned that marriage equality will lead to divine retribution and “literally cause the destruction of our country.”

Later in the program, Moore alleged that the Supreme Court, like King George III before it, is a tyrannical force trampling on freedom. When Terry pushed Moore to reveal whether he believed that there should be an anti-gay revolution, Moore only said that 2015 is just like 1776. (Source)

Back when I was a brainwashed conservative kid who went to a lot of anti-abortion rallies and right-wing political gatherings, Randall Terry was considered to be a hero. This guy is so extreme that even his former organization, Operation Rescue, has had to go on record saying that he doesn’t represent their values after he said that the murder of Doctor George Tiller “has the potential to propel us more quickly to our goal.”


While Randall Terry never personally committed acts of violence against abortion providers, it is widely believed that his rhetoric helped to inspire those who did carry out assassinations of doctors and bombings of clinics during a wave of domestic terrorism in the 1990s. In 1993, Dr. David Gunn was shot by an anti-abortion protester in Pensacola, Florida and Randall Terry had recently distributed wanted posters of Dr. Gunn containing his personal information in Montgomery, Alabama, which is only about two and a half hours away. In 2009, Doctor George Tiller was shot to death by a right-wing extremist who also appears to have been influenced by similar language from the radical anti-abortion movement that Terry is a part of.

The FBI identified Roeder as a member of the anti-government Freemen group, which described itself as made up of Christian patriots, whose leaders were sentenced to prison terms after a three month armed stand-off with law enforcement forces in Montana 13 years ago.

The Kansas City Star newspaper quoted a man identified as commander of the Kansas Unorganized Citizens Militia in the mid-1990s, Morris Wilson, as saying he knew Roeder at the time. “I’d say he’s a good ol’ boy, except he was just so fanatic about abortion,” Wilson said. “He was always talking about how awful abortion was.” Operation Rescue denounced the killing as “vigilantism” and cowardly. (Source)

What Randall Terry, Roy Moore and other peddlers of extremist rhetoric know is that as long as they don’t openly call for acts of violence, they’re in the clear. They can absolve themselves of any responsibility for any murders or other criminal acts their words inspire under the protection of free speech – and the sad thing there is very little we or the government can do to stop them.



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  • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

    I cannot believe that these old men don’t have anything more to think about than a civil war over whether or not same sex couples should marry!! It is absolutely ridiculous that such an obvious “right” that people should have as adults would be a big bruhaha to right wing conservatives who think that their way is the only way to think or believe!!! Give it up!!!! LIVE your OWN life and let others live theirs. If someday you are forced to marry someone of your same sex, then throw a fit but until that day just shut up and mind your own business.

    • Frank LaDonna

      IMO ….. I think they just want to start a civil war…… to destroy democracy, burn it to the ground and install a church led dictatorship. They are searching for the right spark to lite the fuse. They are becoming irrelevant and are desperate to justify their existence.

      • nmmagyar

        If they ever were successful in an armed revolt (they won’t be, but bear with me) it would turn into an internecine war in a matter of days. They can’t agree on a flavor of Christianity to install.

  • Gary Menten

    Dear Roy,

    We are ready whenever you are.

    Sincerely,

    President Obama,
    Commander-in-Chief,
    U.S Military

  • Jerry Krause

    Not since the civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and before that the American Revolution 1775-76, has there been such a determination to correct a wrong. The U.S. Supreme Court in its recent decision redefining “marriage” will test the will of the people to do just that. As far back as the beginning of time marriage has been between a man and a woman (cf. Genesis 2:21-24). But perhaps the court’s ruling did not necessarily redefined marriage. In the narrow 5-4 vote Justice Kennedy wrote: “The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry.” Can that be interpreted as “marry” in the verb sense, and not having to call it a “marriage” in the noun sense? Saying, for example, married into “civil union” would not necessarily redefine marriage. Might the will of the people want to get behind and reinforce that thought? After all, it is very possible these past months leading up to the court decision the LGBT community may have moved too quickly, forcing too much onto the rest of us, to be able to maintain their position as they see it today.