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Few of us in Utah know much about Alabama. Most would confuse it with Mississippi or Arkansas on a map.
We know it has an excellent football team…We remember a popular country band named after the state…We assume it has an extraordinary number of bible-thumpers who have an inordinate mistrust of Mormons…Those of us who follow politics admit that if we rounded up all the Alabama Democrats, they would fit neatly in a small telephone booth.
Accordingly, we don’t think much about the state; in Utah, we eat hash browns, not grits, and our cops look more like Tom Selleck, not Don Knotts. But Alabama should be drawing our nod due to its rancorous U.S. Senate race which will tell us a lot about the values of white voters in the Deep South.
Several months ago Alabama’s Republican voters nominated a disbarred judge, Roy Moore, to take a Senate seat in Washington, D.C. As a controversial figure he is to Alabama as Rocky Anderson was to rural Utah.
Moore makes Donald Trump look meek. Moore has equated the 9/11 attacks with God’s vengeance on America’s support of homosexuality. He thinks gay men and women should be jailed as criminals. He told state officials to disregard rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court. He said Congress should disallow any member who is a Muslim.
Nationally, Republicans were a bit disturbed, but accepted that he would win handily. Then the headlines changed. Moore has been charged by a handful of women, including one card-carrying Trump supporter, of sexually molesting or stalking them. In fact, he was generally banned from a local shopping mall due to reports that he cruised the place searching out teenage girls.
Friends agreed that Moore “liked them young,” a description I hadn’t heard since Warren Jeffs was thrown behind bars. But in Alabama, some Moore supporters see it through a different scriptural lens. The state auditor said there was nothing wrong with a man in his mid-30s scoping out young girls since the Biblical Joseph was ancient when he married the Virgin Mary.
As one columnist noted, “When Christians cite the Bible to defend child molestation, Jesus should sue for defamation!”
We all know that Jesus was steamed by self-righteous hypocrites. Soon we will find out if Alabama voters feel the same way. As I write this, the most recent poll has women turning against Moore by nearly 30 points. However, Alabama males are supporting the guy by about 10 points. I suppose they figure a creep is better than a mainstream Democrat. (And why not? Alabamans fervently elected a U.S. President who boasted about sexually abusing women.)
Southerners are often angered by the view of many Yankees that the Deep South is chock full of racists, uneducated hicks who should spend more time at the dentist and less time at the Coca-Cola soda fountain. The majority of us dismiss this as an unwarranted stereotype. The Senate election in Alabama will show us if the stereotype is correct.