Dr. James Dobson
There's an important election coming up in Alabama. Voters in the predominantly Republican state will choose a successor to U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by former Sen. Jeff Sessions upon his confirmation as Attorney General.
The Republican candidate, endorsed by President Donald Trump, is Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was twice removed from that post for defying court orders. (Once for refusing to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the judicial building and once for continuing to enforce the state's ban on same-sex marriage that had been deemed unconstitutional.)
Moore is a staunch evangelical who believes Christianity should be enmeshed with public policy. That includes, according to the website of his nonprofit, Foundation for Moral Law
, opposition to: women's right to choose abortion, any civil rights or protections for LGBTQ people, and science curricula including evolution in public schools.
That's probably what endears him to Dr. James Dobson, founder of the socially conservative church, Focus on the Family. Dobson is apparently so fond of Moore that he released a radio ad endorsing him for Senate. Dobson told listeners in Alabama that Moore is a "man of proven character and integrity."
The ad makes no mention, however, of perhaps the key element of Moore's supposed "character and integrity" — that he's been accused now by at least eight women of sexually harassing or assaulting them as teenagers, including one who was 14 at the time of the incident (Moore was then in his 30s).
Wednesday, Moore blamed
those accusations on liberals, gays and socialists and polls
started to show him back in the lead.