Sen. Moore would dam­age Ala.

The Buffalo News - - OPINION - Cre­ators Syn­di­cate

In 2006, a Chicago school­teacher was sen­tenced to three years in prison for mo­lest­ing teenage girls. He was 34 at the time and, ac­cord­ing to news ac­counts, had slipped his hands un­der the shirt of a 17-year-old and fon­dled her breasts.

That’s how a moral Amer­ica deals with men who mo­lest un­der­age girls. Roy Moore ap­par­ently did the same at age 32, ex­cept that one of the girls was 14 and his hands roved down to panty level.

Ev­ery so­ci­ety has its Moores -- sick preda­tors who hide their per­ver­sions in a thick cloud of re­li­gios­ity. Not ev­ery so­ci­ety would elect them to any of­fice, much less a high one like the U.S. Se­nate.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see whether the vot­ers of Alabama find jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for let­ting such an in­di­vid­ual rep­re­sent them to the world. Alabama’s busi­ness com­mu­nity is alarmed that they may.

Alabama has had great suc­cess lur­ing for­eign man­u­fac­tur­ers. Mercedes-Benz, Air­bus, Honda and Toyota are among the cor­po­rate gi­ants based in other coun­tries now em­ploy­ing over 87,000 Alaba­mans. The state last year at­tracted $1.5 bil­lion in for­eign in­vest­ment.

Would multi­na­tion­als feel se­cure lo­cat­ing to or ex­pand­ing in a state that chooses a leader who traf­fics in the most prim­i­tive racism, ho­mo­pho­bia and xeno­pho­bia – never mind his stalk­ing of un­der­age girls at a lo­cal mall? The big­ger ques­tion here is the civic cul­ture that finds him OK.

These com­pa­nies em­ploy spe­cial­ized work­ers from all over the world. Few have for­got­ten the hor­rific shoot­ing of two en­gi­neers at a subur­ban Kansas City bar be­cause they were dark-skinned for­eign­ers. The en­gi­neers, one of whom died, were Indian na­tion­als work­ing for the tech firm Garmin.

The gun­man had de­manded to know whether they were in the coun­try il­le­gally. The en­gi­neers were work­ing legally, plus they were ed­u­cated in the U.S. The gun­man shouted, “Get out of my coun­try!” Then he fired. Peo­ple back in In­dia were so fu­ri­ous that the U.S. Em­bassy in New Delhi had to is­sue a state­ment con­demn­ing the “tragic and sense­less act.”

Birm­ing­ham has been ag­gres­sively vy­ing to win Ama­zon’s sec­ond head­quar­ters and the 50,000 jobs that would come with it. If Moore gets elected, Alabama can kiss that idea good­bye. But even if he loses, Ama­zon must con­front the re­al­ity that the state’s dom­i­nant party chose Moore over a nor­mal con­ser­va­tive.

Moore is an in­testi­nal dis­ease for Alabama’s busi­ness lead­ers. The Busi­ness Coun­cil of Alabama has not en­dorsed him, nor has the state’s se­nior sen­a­tor, Richard Shelby.

To over­come the state’s fraught racial his­tory, economic devel­op­ment of­fi­cials place promi­nent pic­tures of blacks and whites work­ing to­gether on their pro­mo­tional literature. But it would re­quire quite a pack­age to over­come the draw­backs of a state where the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship in­sults the work­ers they want to hire, not to men­tion ac­ti­vates lo­cal nut jobs who would do them harm.

This elec­tion, in the end, isn’t a ref­er­en­dum on Moore. It’s a ref­er­en­dum on a so­ci­ety that will de­cide whether he re­flects Alabama val­ues. There aren’t enough ad­ver­tis­ing dol­lars on Madi­son Av­enue to counter the dam­age that a Moore win would bring.

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