Roy, His Rock, and This Hard Place

I was thinking about writing something about Roy Moore but decided against it, mainly because I wasn’t sure about what I could add to this multifaceted conversation about him and his effect on Alabama politics, the Republican Party, and our nation as a whole. Instead, I’d like to share a few pictures from my one experience with his supporters.

Back in 2003, during the Ten Commandments monument controversy, I worked in downtown Montgomery and used to go on my lunch break to watch them meander around, cluttering up the sidewalks with their vigils outside our state and federal courthouses. Here are three images from that time that, to me, are noteworthy when considering the effects of Moore’s politics on our culture.

This truck circled the block repeatedly and blared ominous messages from a loud speaker mounted on top. Notice that the American flag flying on the driver’s side is hung upside down.

This lady wandered among the small crowd, draped in the Confederate flag you can see her holding here.

If you look closely at this man’s “IMPEACH” sign, at the bottom he has “DROP DEAD ACLU PS 55:15.” That Bible verse from Psalms reads: “Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.”

Fourteen years ago, I saw firsthand the kinds of ideas that Roy Moore’s politics bring out into the light. Though these few of Moore’s supporters are not indicative of all of them, I do hope it is clear to every Alabama voter – supporter or not – that his politics are certainly not the mainstream Republican conservatism of the suburbs.

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