I used to think that religious Americans try to do what is right, even though we are all humans and do things we shouldn't. Granted, some of the worst wars stem from religion but it also provided guidance on living morally and on treating others with respect and tolerance - at least some religion did. But now, after the evangelicals supported and voted in Trump, and after the latest news stating that Roy Moore has an edge in the polls, I'm beginning to think that religious Americans, at least some of them, have sold out. They want what they want and they don't care how they get there.
Here are the things that disturb me:
- A cop said that he was warned not to let Roy Moore near high school girls, signaling people suspected Roy Moore had an unhealthy interest.
- The mall had to ban Roy Moore, again for his unhealthy interest in young girls.
- The man himself said that he did date teenagers when he was in his thirties, so he is at least an admitted pervert, if not a pedophile. What kind of thirty year old wants to date teenagers?
And Alabamians prefer an admitted pervert over a Democrat?
I don't doubt these are the same people who ranted and rave about Bill Clinton's dalliance with Monica Lewinsky. Yes, the affair was disgusting and embarrassing and I was not happy, but the problem was: there had already been numerous investigations of the Clintons over the years and none panned out. After many failed investigations, the Monica Lewinsky scandal just did not have the power to take hold due to the dubiousness of the other investigations. If the Monica Lewinsky scandal had hit first, it probably would have had the power to take hold and put Clinton out of office.
But the religious and the Republicans were disgusted with Bill Clinton's affair and wanted him out. And now they want Roy Moore in. Boy, have they changed. There are two big differences between Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky and Roy Moore dating teenagers (never mind the alleged sexual molestation): she was an adult woman past college age and the affair was consensual. And yet, the Republicans and the religious want Roy Moore in the Senate while they fought furiously to kick out Bill Clinton.
They want Al Franken out but they want Roy Moore in.
There's something wrong with this picture. The end does not justify the means.