It is always welcomed when someone takes the time to comment on something I have written, whether the reader is in agreement with me or not. When someone takes the time to read my thoughts and respond, I owe the same to them and sometimes it’s worth sharing.
I’m a longtime subscriber of the Montgomery Independent and most of the time I enjoy reading it very much. I believe you have characterized Judge Roy Moore incorrectly. Could it be that he is just a man of strong Godly principle and simply believes as he does based on other authorities such as the Holy Scriptures and his good conscience? If the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others had not bucked the bad laws, then where would Civil Rights be today? Judge Roy Moore has sacrificed a lot for his beliefs and you should recognize that.
Doug Jones will not win because he and the Democratic Party are totally out of touch with the majority of Alabamians. As long as their platform remains the way it is regarding abortion, homosexuality and other ungodly beliefs as prepared by Hillary and Bernie Sanders, I predict that Democrats will not win any more statewide races in Alabama.
Because of space and time I’ve over simplified my thoughts and position but I’ve said enough for you to recognize where I am coming from and I think that represents about 60% of all Alabamians.
First, I appreciate you taking the time to write regarding my last column.
I have no issue with Roy Moore, the candidate or individual, expressing his bigoted believes. However, in his former capacity as Chief Justice, violating court orders and not recognizing Federal law shouldn’t and can’t be tolerated from a sitting Judge in our democracy. That is the significant difference between the example you provided with Martin Luther King, Jr., who was 1) not an elected official, 2) jailed numerous times for his civil disobedience and 3) often harassed, threatened, beaten and eventually murdered for ‘bucking’ not bad laws, but unconstitutional ones. While many might think or prefer the Holy Scriptures rule our country, they do not. The Constitution of the United States does. Again, I think it is perfectly fine for Roy Moore to express his beliefs as a candidate for U.S. Senate, as I exercise my right to disagree with him.
Having said that, it might surprise you to know I would prefer a Roy Moore in the Senate as opposed to Luther Strange because while I don’t agree with Judge Moore, I do consider him to be an honest man, unlike Strange. And let’s face it; both candidates are in similar agreement on social issues like same-sex marriage. Also, I don’t disagree that your opinion represents 60% of Alabamians and probably even more of the Montgomery Independent’s readership. I don’t ask readers to support Doug Jones in my column as much as I suggest they consider him as a viable option.
I will be voting for Doug Jones in December.
I think you would agree that my column would be pretty boring if I only wrote what everyone agreed with, instead of poking the hornet’s nest most weeks. As John B. Oakes, longtime editor of the NYT’s said in 1954 “The minute we begin to insist that everyone think the same way we think, our democratic way of life is in danger.” And might I add, if people never read opposing viewpoints or consider candidates from all persuasions, they will never learn to think for themselves or feel comfortable outside their insulated environment.
Opposing opinions, as well as agreeable ones, are always welcome at The Montgomery Independent and I appreciate you sharing yours.
Tuesday, September 26th, is Election Day to determine the GOP candidate for United States Senate between Roy Moore and Luther Strange. If you are registered to vote and did not vote in the Democratic primary, please remember to exercise your right and Vote Tuesday. Tuesday’s winner will face Democrat Doug Jones in the special General Election to be held Tuesday, December 12th.