Roy Moore: ‘New Rights’ Were Created in 1965 and ‘Today We’ve Got a Problem’

Moore did not explain whether he was referring to landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 or a more obscure SCOTUS ruling on school prayer.

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In an effort to improve his tarred image, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore gave a speech Tuesday night at Walker Springs Road Baptist Church in Jackson, Ala. At least five women in the past week have accused Moore of sexual misconduct toward them when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers.

In his speech, along with addressing the fact that he’s losing GOP support by the hour and lamenting that prayer was taken out schools, he said the “new rights” supported by the Supreme Court in 1965 caused today’s problems and did not clearly explain which “rights” he was referring to.

“Obviously, I’ve made a few people mad,” Moore said. “I’m the only one that can unite Democrats and Republicans because I seem to be opposed by both.

“They’ve spent over $30 million to try to take me out. They’ve done everything they could and now they’re together to try to keep me from going to Washington, and why?”

Moore then talked about the need for more prayer in government and pivoted to 1965.

“By 1962, the United States Supreme Court took prayer out of school,” he said. “Then they started to create new rights in 1965, and now, today, we’ve got a problem.”

The landmark civil rights act of 1965 was the Voting Rights Act, which surely wasn’t popular in Alabama. Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on Aug. 6 of that year, the act aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented Blacks from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Moore also brought up in his speech that he once blocked same-sex marriage ceremonies.

“When a federal district judge without authority tried to intimidate our probate judges to start doing same-sex marriage, I had to speak up,” he said. “And we stopped same-sex marriage for a time.”

Some journalists and other social media users connected Moore’s 1965 comment to the Voting Rights Act.

Soledad O’Brien, anchor and producer of the political magazine program “Matter of Fact,” tweeted:

MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid tweeted:

In Selma, Ala., on March 7, 1965, state troopers attacked about 600 nonviolent demonstrators who were protesting voter suppression and police brutality as they marched across The Edmund Pettus Bridge. The day of violence became known as Bloody Sunday.

Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was at the march and was brutally attacked. In Twitter posts on Nov. 7 he encouraged Americans to vote, mentioning his experience that day.

Moore, known for fueling the “birther” movement against former President Barack Obama, has the support of Stephen Bannon, a white nationalist and former top White House strategist.  Moore once spoke to the white supremacist group that Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof cited as an influence.

Besides being ousted from the Alabama Supreme Court bench twice, he also served as president of the Foundation for Moral Law. The foundation hosted the 2010 Alabama Secession Day Commemoration. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the featured speakers were “tied to the League of the South, a neo-Confederate hate group that considers slavery ‘God-ordained’ and advocates for ‘the cultural dominance of the Anglo-Celtic people and their institutions.'”

In January 2013, when Moore became chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, his wife, Kayla Moore, was named president of the foundation. He took the title of president emeritus.

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Black NFL Players Who Protest Bashed on Roy Moore’s Facebook Page

The Alabama GOP senate nominee's Facebook page contained a meme, which stated: "Want to stop riots? Play the National Anthem. They'll all sit down."

Last month, CNN reported that a Facebook page for Moore contained racist posts aimed at NFL players who protest during the national anthem. In February, a meme was shared featuring a group of Black men standing on a damaged police car during the 2015 Baltimore riots.

The text read:

“Want to stop riots? Play the National Anthem. They’ll all sit down.”

The post was shared by Moore’s wife with the caption, “I doubt it with these people-but worth a try?”

In October, Moore falsely claimed that protesting NFL players could be held legally accountable for protesting.

“It’s against the law, you know that?” he said during an interview with TIME. “It was an act of Congress that every man stand and put their hand over their heart. That’s the law.”

Moore cited a section of U.S. Code that he said backed his claim.

“If they didn’t have it in there, it would just be tradition. But this is law,” he said.

In response to the sexual misconduct allegations, on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Moore “should step aside” from the Dec. 12 special election, and Tuesday, the Republican National Committee pulled out of a fundraising pact with the Alabama candidate.

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    • CHARITY DELL

      E HAMEL–HYPOCRISY is an Equal Opportunity Employer,
      and Da Judge been workin’ for HYPOCRISY, INC. for
      nearly ’bout all his life!

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  • I am guessing that is his wife behind him in the picture looking at him with admiration. She looks a little younger than him which seems to be his preference. What a total idiot.

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  • His white racist wife refers to Blacks as “these people.” Black people in AmeriKKKa should be placing their hand on their back, head or butt to keep racist KKKops from shooting them and kicking them.

    White racists like Moore, his wife, and early settlers have been praying and committing mass murder since they arrived and will celebrate their massacre of Indians next week saying THANKS for GIVING in to OUR slaughter of YOUR men, women and children.

    I’m sure the “new rights” this sexual predator is referring to are the ones that no longer allow white males to rape any young girl he chooses without getting jail time! Mah gran’pappy tol’ me ’bout de good ol’ days in de Souf when white mens could hump on sheep, dogs, 1st cousins, ‘n any young ‘uns iffin’ dey wanted too!! Now’days dey got dese NEW LAWS dat even protects young ni@@er girls and womens from bein’ raped by a WHITE MAN!!

    Like sick, silent psycho Southerners protected Moore and the late “bizhop” Eddie Long’s rape of young boys for years, word on the street in Atlanta is that the hypocritical Civil Rights “leader” John Lewis needs to clean up his own house. Voting isn’t the most important right, protecting young boys and girls from fat, worn-out, tired, gilla-monster-looking old geezers (like another politician, Seattle’s gay, boy raping ex-mayor Ed Murray) should be at the top of everyone’s agendas. That’s the reason little children need to be PRAYING in public and private schools–to avoid political and religious sexual predators from coming into their schools to rape them!

    Since 1965, good ‘ol boys caint keep these here young girls, boys and women’s QUIET! Since when did white male Southerner good ‘ol boys and sexual predators like Moore, Murray, Weinstein and Pappy Bush begin having a hallucinatory “victims complex.”

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      • CHARITY DELL

        MEH227–White skin will cease to be a “catchall for innocence”
        when non-white skin ceases to be a “catchall for guilty criminal.”

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    • CHARITY DELL

      ZAZIJAMS–The JURDGE done found out that the BIBLE, which he clearly does NOT read, is accurate:

      “Be sure your sin will find you out!” (Numbers 32:23)

      Roy didna read them TEN COMMANDMENTS he done been hollin’ about!
      For all we know, he mite have them perty chilluns scattered hither and yon,
      all across the GRET STATE OF ALABAMMY, and the chilluns just MITE be
      all Colors of Da Human Rainbow. We don’t know if he got chirren in OTHAH
      states, small or gret. Just sayin’……:-)

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  • He absolutely must not be allowed to go to Washington. The man is a menace and wants to turn this country into a Christian theocracy where only white men will enjoy any benefits.

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  • How convenient of Roy to recognize we have a problem today. Now if only he could correctly diagnose & work to remediate root cause…

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  • Hey rat, I mean roy, allow me to answer your question “They’ve spent over $30 million to try to take me out. They’ve done everything they could and now they’re together to try to keep me from going to Washington, and why?” If Washington doesn’t want you, then you’re too toxic, even for their corrupt white supremacists standards!

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    • May turn out that if Washington doesn’t want Moore, then he’s the guy Alabama voters want to sent to Washington. Trump, Brexit, German Alternative Party (AfD), etc… Heard an old guy joking, recently, that if North Korea’s Kim Jon Un really does have nuke-tipped missiles capable of reaching the continental United States, we need to make sure he has D.C.’s GPS coordinates.

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  • The reference to the creation by the Supreme Court in 1965 of “new rights” was obvious. Moore was referring (not “referencing” – reference is a noun) to the Supreme Court decision of Griswold vs. Connecticut which led directly to the legalization of abortion in 1973 in Roe vs. Wade.

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  • So here we are AGAIN (dark pigmented skinned) Americans inviting white politicians to “worship” as a “special invited guest , asked by “THE PASTOR” to be seated in a seat of prominence ( historically the front pew/seats in black churches), encouraged to clap hands, pat feets to the beat, enjoy the music, hold hands, sing congregational songs, stand up for an audience clap/recognition, and led into prayers thanking and praise “their god” along with “the churches Spiritual family” , real blood line FAMILY and COMMUNITY members for……..WHAT…….? … Oh yeah …that’s right…. POLITICS… (the INTEGRATION of STATE with CHURCH)…

    As long as (dark pigmented skinned) Church leaders, STAY SLEEP about the IMBALANCE of ECONOMICS between whites and blacks and ALWAYS KEEP FINDING something (ANYTHING other than ECONOMICS) to be thankful for and proud of, for instance like a visit from a “white politician” who ADMITS dating under age girls and being what I call a “legal child molester because he says he got permission from teenage parents to date their young daughter, PEOPLE PERISH for lack of LEADERSHIP and KNOWLEDGE…. GET OUT and STAY WOKE, AFTER YOU WAKE UP…! if you do WAKE, don’t be surprised when/if you go through “spiritual detox withdraws from the Church Leadership Poison ..TOO MANY dark pigmented skinned people been drinking, and have no clue what is on the other side of being ADDICTED TO STAYING IN THEIR PLACE and just going along with “their pastor/ church leadership without challenge or question”…. Even the Diciples ask the Christ “hard difficult questions that required Answers before they could/would/should follow him…

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  • Michael House

    Blacks need to start boycotting the Football programs at U. Alabama and Auburn. The amount of money generated for those schools due to Black Athletes is enormous. Remember, the reason Blacks got to play at U. Alabama in the first place, is because Bear Bryant couldn’t compete with schools who had black players. This is why most of your HBC’S no longer have dominant programs because all the bigger mostly White university’s grab them up… Stand-up and demand equality in Alabama , IT’S TIME NOW!!

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