Moore’s ap­pli­ca­tion of ‘God’s Law’ may ben­e­fit Amer­ica

Pawtucket Times - - OPINION - Pat Buchanan Pa­trick J. Buchanan is the au­thor of a new book, "Nixon's White House Wars: The Bat­tles That Made and Broke a Pres­i­dent and Di­vided Amer­ica For­ever."

When elected chief jus­tice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2000, Judge Roy Moore in­stalled in his court­house a mon­u­ment with the Ten Com­mand­ments that Moses brought down from Mount Si­nai carved into it.

Told by a fed­eral court his mon­u­ment vi­o­lated the sep­a­ra­tion of church and state, Moore re­fused to re­move it and was sus­pended — to be­come fa­mous as "The Ten Com­mand­ments Judge."

Roy Moore is now the Repub­li­can can­di­date for the Se­nate from Alabama, hav­ing routed Sen. Luther Strange, whom Pres­i­dent Trump en­dorsed and cam­paigned for.

Moore's pri­mary win is a fire bell in the night for GOP senators

AndPat in 2018. should he de­feat his Demo­cratic op­po­nent, the judge will be com­ing to Capi­tol Hill, gun­ning for Mitch McCon­nell.

Yet it is the moral con­vic­tions of the can­di­date that make this an in­ter­est­ing race for all Amer­i­cans. For Moore is a so­cial con­ser­va­tive of a species that is al­most ex­tinct in Wash­ing­ton.

He be­lieves that man­made law must con­form to the "Laws of Na­ture and of Na­ture's God," as writ­ten in Jef­fer­son's Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence.

If a law con­tra­dicts God's law, it is in­valid, non­bind­ing. In some cases, civil disobe­di­ence, de­lib­er­ate vi­o­la­tion of such a law, may be the moral duty of a Chris­tian.

Moore be­lieves God's Law is even above the Con­sti­tu­tion, at least as in­ter­preted by re­cent Supreme Courts.

Ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, an abom­i­na­tion in the Old Tes­ta­ment, Moore sees as "an in­her­ent evil." When the high court, in Oberge­fell v. Hodges, dis­cov­ered a con­sti­tu­tional right to same-sex mar­riage, Moore, back on the Alabama court, de­fied the de­ci­sion, was sus­pended again, and re­signed.

Post­mod­ern Amer­ica may see the judge as a refugee from the Ne­olithic pe­riod. Yet, his con­vic­tions, and how he has stood by them, are go­ing to at­tract folks be­yond Alabama. And the judge's views on God, man and law are not with­out a distin­guished paternity.

In his "Let­ter from Birm­ing­ham Jail," Dr. King wrote: "(T)here are two types of laws: there are just laws, and there are un­just laws. I would agree with St. Au­gus­tine that 'An un­just law is no law at all.'...

"A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law, or the law of God. An un­just law is a code that is out of har­mony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas, an un­just law is a hu­man law that is not rooted in eter­nal and nat­u­ral law."

In his Dec­la­ra­tion, Jef­fer­son wrote that all men are en­dowed by their "Cre­ator" with in­alien­able rights, and among these is the right to life.

Many Chris­tians be­lieve that what the Supreme Court did in Roe v. Wade — de­clare an un­born child's right to life con­tin­gent upon whether its mother wishes to end it — vi­o­lates God's law, "Thou shalt not kill."

Through­out our his­tory, peo­ple act­ing upon such be­liefs have de­fied laws, and are today cel­e­brated for it.

Abo­li­tion­ists, in vi­o­la­tion of laws they be­lieved im­moral, set up the Un­der­ground Rail­road to help slaves es­cape to free­dom. King be­lieved that laws im­pos­ing racial seg­re­ga­tion vi­o­lated the Amer­i­can "creed" that "all men are cre­ated equal" and acted on that be­lief. Thomas More is con­sid­ered by Catholics to be a saint and moral hero for de­fy­ing Henry VIII's de­mand, among oth­ers, that he en­dorse a lie, that the king's mar­riage to Anne Bo­leyn was not adul­tery.

Early Chris­tians ac­cepted mar­tyr­dom rather than obey laws of the Cae­sars and burn in­cense to the gods of Rome.

Af­ter Hitler took power in 1933, he au­tho­rized the erad­i­ca­tion of "use­less eaters" in the Third Re­ich. Those who con­demned these laws as vi­o­la­tions of God's law, and even at­tempted to as­sas­si­nate Hitler in 1944, are today re­garded as moral he­roes.

Moore, should he win, is go­ing to be­come an ob­ject of fas­ci­na­tion in The Sec­u­lar City. Yet his ques­tions and con­cerns are those of the si­lent mil­lions on the los­ing side of Amer­ica's cul­ture war.

Is the USA still a good and Godly coun­try when 55 mil­lion abor­tions have been per­formed with the sanc­tion of law in 45 years?

Do court de­ci­sions that force Chris­tians to act against their re­li­gious be­liefs have to be obeyed? What is the duty of Chris­tians in a pa­ganized and per­verted so­ci­ety?

What is tak­ing place today is a grow­ing alien­ation of one-half of the coun­try from the other, a grow­ing be­lief of mil­lions of Amer­i­cans that our so­ci­ety has be­come morally sick.

Chris­tian­ity and the moral truths it has taught for 2,000 years have been de­posed from the pre-em­i­nent po­si­tion they held un­til af­ter World War II, and are now re­jected as a source of law. They have been re­placed by the tenets of a sec­u­lar hu­man­ism that is the pre­vail­ing or­tho­doxy of our new cul­tural, so­cial and in­tel­lec­tual elites.

If elected, Judge Moore, one imag­ines, will not be ren­der­ing re­spect­fully unto the new Cae­sar.

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