Roy Moore’s campaign for a Senate seat in Alabama seemed to rebound to some degree this week, despite multiple allegations from women who said he pursued varying levels of sexual contact with them when they were teens and he was in his 30s.
But a new focus on Moore’s previous public statements on controversial topics also gained traction of late, just days ahead of the Alabama special election set for December 12.
Here are some of Moore’s most controversial viewpoints:
1. Moore on whether former President Barack Obama is a natural-born US citizen: “My personal belief is that he wasn’t,” the Alabama judge told members of the Constitution Party in 2016.
Here’s the full quote: “My personal belief is that he wasn’t, but that’s probably over and done in a few days, unless we get something else to come along.”
Moore made those remarks in 2016, months after then-candidate Donald Trump publicly reversed his position on the matter and acknowledged that Obama was indeed born in the US.
2. “Homosexual conduct should be illegal.”
Moore, who identifies as an evangelical Christian and views homosexuality as a lifestyle that is “against nature,” said in a 2005 interview on C-SPAN2 that he believes “homosexual conduct should be illegal.” In 2006, he wrote two op-eds criticising the Bush administration for appointing an openly gay man to a government position.
3. Moore suggested that the 9/11 terror attacks happened because America “distanced” itself from God.
During a February address at a church in Alabama, Moore drew parallels between the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and America having “distanced” itself from God.
He made a similar suggestion in 2003 during a speech at Georgetown University, pointing to a Bible scripture that spoke of a “day of great slaughter, when the towers fall,” adding “there are consequences when we turn away from our source of our strength.”
In August, Moore made a similar argument on mass shootings in the US, claiming America “asked for it,” because it has “taken God out of everything.”
4. “False religions like Islam …”
Moore has been deeply critical of the Islamic faith, and described it as a “false religion” earlier this year.
He published an op-ed in 2008 criticising Keith Ellison, who had become the first Muslim elected to congress. The column was titled: “Muslim Ellison Should Not Sit in Congress.”
5. “There’s no such thing as evolution.”
Moore rejects the theory of evolution, and said he doesn’t believe humans evolved “from a snake.”
In 1997, Moore linked the theory of evolution to violent crime: “They’re acting like animals because we’ve taught them they come from animals,” Moore said.
6. “Maybe Putin is right.”
Moore praised the era of slavery and suggested America may be the focus of evil in the modern world. He said America promotes “a lot of bad things,” and used same-sex marriage as an example.
7. Moore said in November: “Today we’ve got a problem” because of what he called “new rights” enacted in 1965, the same year the Voting Rights Act was passed.
8. Moore called government-run preschool programs an “unjustifiable attempt to indoctrinate our youth.”
Moore has criticised the expansion of preschool programs, saying the government used early education to “indoctrinate youth.”
“Totalitarian regimes, like those of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin knew well the value of ‘youth corps’,” he added.
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