The candidcy of Roy Moore for the Senate from Alabama is a Christian version of many who have run before him. During my lifetime two southern politicians come to mind.
One was Governor George Wallace of Alabama. He used the Bible to justify segregation. He vowed never to allow integration in Alabama. As time went on, however, the religious reasons for segregation evaporated and its politics died as well.
Another was Governor of Georgia, Lester Maddox. Maddox came to fame running a restaurant. He said his restaurant would never serve black people and he vowed to greet them at the from door holding a pick axe handle. Like Wallace, his religious belief in segregation eventually took a back seat.
Today’s Roy Moore is all about Christian nationalism instead of Christian racial segregation. He carries around a book from the time of the Constitution which claims its intent was that the U.S. government’s religion be Christianity. This view is similar to Maddox and Wallace in that it would allow one class of people to be superior to another.
Separating acceptable people from the unaccepted has been part of Christianity since the time of the Bible. The Bible points to those who are inferior and even puts women in an inferior category with slaves in the Ten Commandments.
The likely election of Moore to the Senate will have a good side. It will teach a new generation of Americans about the times of Wallace and Maddox.
Each generation must learn to turn back religious zealots.