Unless you’ve been in a coma for weeks, you certainly know who Roy Moore is by now. And you probably know that before the current flap involving the former judge there was another issue — his refusal to remove a huge marble monument of the Ten Commandments he had placed in the lobby of the Alabama Judicial Building. Now we are learning that Hizzonor may be in love with the laws of Moses, but he hasn’t done such a good job of keeping some of them.
A couple of days ago it came out that Moore isn’t so good in the not bearing false witness department. He claimed that he didn’t know any of the women who have accused him of hitting on them when they were teens. But Debbie Gibson of Florida produced a high school graduation card signed by Moore, who she says she dated briefly when she was 17. Better scratch that commandment off the list, judge.
But wait. There’s more. It seems that Moore needs to review the commandment about “adultery.”
We know that Moore first noticed his wife Kayla when she was 15. Moore himself has told us that. But he didn’t tell us something that the reporters at the right-leaning Washington Examiner discovered: it appears that Moore began dating Kayla while she was married.
On Tuesday evening the Washington Examiner published a story saying that an examination of court records suggests that Moore began dating Kayla before her divorce became final. Reporters asked Moore’s campaign to explain why his accounts of his courtship and marriage don’t square with what’s in the public record.
Campaign spokesman Brett Doster pushed back in an email response:
Regardless of when they met, Judge and Kayla did not date while she was still with her ex-husband or legally married.
The controversy centers around something Moore wrote in his 2005 book, So Help Me God. In that writing the former judge says he met Kayla at a church event just before Christmas in 1984. But according to the records found by the Washington Examiner Kayla had not filed for divorce from her first husband, John Charles Heald, at that time. She would go on to file the divorce papers later that month, and the divorce did not become final until April 1985.
Now Moore and his allies would probably be quick to point out that there’s no Biblical prohibition against dating teenagers, and they would be correct in that. But there is that pesky commandment against adultery, and there is Jesus’s admonition against divorce.
But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. — Matthew 5:32
So it looks like the Judge, who has declared himself to be among the most righteous of men, is just another “do as I say not as I do” Republican. Which commandment will he break next? Personally I’m betting it’s that one about coveting his neighbor’s ass. As long as it’s a young ass, of course.
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