August 26th, 2003

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Outside of the courthouse in Montgomery, whenever workers come to remove the monument, supporters of Chief Justice Roy Moore intend to keep it from going anywhere by locking hands and dropping to their knees. Some of the demonstrators have kept vigil at the courthouse since last week and are committed to staying as long as it takes to make sure the display stays put. "I got more energy since I don’t know when. God gave me strength," said Scott Campbell, who arrived Thursday from his home in Gurley in north Alabama. At Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, worshipers said they wanted the Ten Commandments in public life but had reservations about Moore and his handling of the dispute. "It was forced down our throats," Debbie Stack said of the marker. "This has taken the focus off of God and put it on a man."

I swear, Roy Moore is a fucking loon. Matt Lauer interviewed both him and a personal hero of mine, Morris Dees from the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery. Moore will not answer a simple question time and time again, instead he uses a quick turn of phrase and misquotes someone from history - at one point even comparing himself to Dr. King, which made me see red for a minute - and has completely made himself into what Dees described as a demagogue - a perfect illustration of Moore.

Moore concedes that he stands for a persons right to stand and defend what they believe in, what they feel is their fundamental right as an American citizen. He says he is a "believer in the justice system and that you should obey higher courts - EXCEPTwhen that higher court is not going by the law, that makes them lawless - and they're not following the rule of the law. ('Scuse me, fucknut - but you're standing in direct abjection to a Supreme Court ruling AGAINST you...) The law is clearly the Constitution of the United States, the First Amendment and the Preamble and the Constitution of Alabama - both of which (Both? You mentioned 4 different things, asshole) acknowledge God! We're in a situation in this country where Judges are telling us what to think and who to believe in and they simply can't do that." (BULLSHIT, Roy - you're sworn to uphold all laws as a government official - let alone as a Chief Justice - to include the ones you have personal issues with! If you have a problem with the law, you take it up with the legislation you ignorant fuck.) He added "I have acknowledged God as the moral foundation of our law. It’s my duty. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time as this in fear of giving offense? I should consider myself guilty of treason and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven." (Oh fuck off, just FUCK OFF!)

Moore is rabidly homophobic and has used his views on Judeo-Christian doctrine from his seat on the bench to rule judgements in other cases. I found this article from the World Socialist: In a February 2002 Alabama supreme court ruling denying a lesbian custody of her three children, Moore described homosexuality as "abhorrent, immoral, detestable." He added later that "...the state carries the power of the sword ... to prohibit conduct with physical penalties, such as confinement and even execution. [The state] must use that power to prevent the subversion of children toward this lifestyle, an inherent evil, to not encourage a criminal lifestyle." The three children in question, who were in the custody of their mother and her partner of 15 years, were given to their father - an alcoholic who had been arrested on previous occaisions for abuse and child endangerment. According to Moore, this is a much more suitable parent than a law abiding homosexual in a long term relationship with a stable home.

Other news this morning...

From CNN.com: Autistic boy's death at church ruled homicide; child was suffocated, autopsy report says...

36 kids die in hot cars this year
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I love my father, I just don't like him very much.

My father sends me this guilt inducing email a while ago. To surmise the sentiments in the attatched story and his rebuttal on what one is to learn from it, I'll leave you with this bit of wisdom from him: "...regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life." So of course I've been on tears off and on for the past 30 minutes to an hour, but not for the reasons you would think.

It is true, I will miss my parents when they are gone from my life. But I've been mostly gone from theirs for a long, long time and rather than try to find out why and do something of their own volition to change that fact, they simply complain about it.

I have set up my life in such a way that I don't have to depend on my family for anything, let alone emotional support. I maintain a safe distance from them so that I cannot be hurt by them or made to feel inferior anymore. I do not participate in family events, in as much as I can possibly avoid them, but I love them all dearly except for my brother Todd - I have no feeling for him whatsoever. He's dead to me. But then I get an email - a fucking email - from my father that tries to make me feel more guilty than I already do for not coming around. This sappy, sentimentally recycled Chicken-Soup-For-The-Soul thing that is supposed to make me want to call him crying and try to get together with him ASAP while begging him to forgive me for being a cretin of a son. Instead it makes me hurt with the realization that if I really mattered enough to him he would ask me outright why I don't come around instead of complaining about it vicariously through these Taster's Choice stories. He would be the one trying to extend the hand and want to know why his own son doesn't keep in contact. He wouldn't be the child who tries to throw out hints and not say what he wanted to say instead of the parent who wanted to know and tried to find out because it mattered.

But no. Instead I get this email that starts out teary eyed and ends up insulting. I feel even worse trying to talk to Maggie about this, because her mother died from cancer when she was 20 and she never had a father. Then she, being my voice of reason, tells me that I cannot compare myself to her and that all of my feelings are valid and I shouldn't feel guilty for feeling hurt by him.

Fucking hell, why do they ALWAYS do this to me?
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