Roy Moore Lectured at a ‘School’ That Taught Women Shouldn’t be Permitted to Run for Office

Going beyond the disgusting sexual allegations against him, some people seem to forget that Roy Moore’s a fringe, unconstitutional religious whack job who has no business being in the Senate even if he wasn’t a child molester.

Case in point, an article published by Think Progress on Thursday that showed Moore was a co-author of a “study course” published in 2011 that teaches that women shouldn’t run for public office, and if they do, people shouldn’t vote for them:

Alabama Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore co-authored a study course, published in 2011 and recently obtained by ThinkProgress, that instructs students that women should not be permitted to run for elected office. If women do run for office, the course argues, people have a moral obligation not to vote for them. The course is also critical of the women’s suffrage movement, which in 1920 secured some American women the right to vote.

The curriculum was a product of Vision Forum, a now-defunct Texas-based evangelical organization headed by Doug Phillips, which taught “Biblical patriarchy”, a theology that prescribes strict, unequal gender roles for men and women. According a statement on the Vision Forum’s website, “Egalitarian feminism is a false ideology that has bred false doctrine in the church and seduced many believers.” (Source)

And get this, this “Vision Forum” is now defunct because Mr. Phillips resigned after admitting to a “lengthy” affair with a woman while he was married. At which point that woman, Lourdes-Manteufel, filed a lawsuit against Phillips and Vision Forum where she accused him of having an emotionally, psychologically, and sexually abusive relationship that started — when she was 15.

As someone who’s been surrounded by radical religious hypocrites my entire life living in Texas, none of this surprises me. There are people, more than many folks reading this might think, many of whom are women, who still believe that females are meant to be subservient to men. One trait you find among both Christian and Islamic radicals is a disrespect for females revolving around a viewpoint that they’re nothing more than objects that are meant to serve men.

It’s why I have no problem believing that a religious nut like Moore sexually assaulted underage women.

And I don’t want to hear any of his defenders say something like, “Well, he never said that personally, so him being part of this doesn’t mean he thinks women shouldn’t run for public office.”

Just stop.

You don’t happen to be involved in a radical religious brainwashing course that pushes the idea that women have no business holding public office and that people shouldn’t vote for them if they do unless you actually support that sort of draconian way of thinking.

The sad part is, I’m still about 95 percent certain Alabama is going to elect Moore as our next United States Senator. The only “good” thing will be that Democrats can use his victory against the GOP in the upcoming elections to show that Republicans are nothing but morally bankrupt frauds who’d embrace a child molester just to win an election.

Though make no mistake about it, if Roy Moore does win, it’s going to be one of the most shameful days in American history.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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