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Roy Moore and Republicans, taking the Bible literally but not seriously

Dana Milbank on

Committing incest (Genesis 19:31-36) and cannibalism (2 Kings 6:28-29).

And having the military do all sorts of things to the enemy that would violate the Geneva accords:

Kill all boys and women but spare the girls who have not known man intimately for yourself (Numbers 31:17-18).

Destroy all that they have, killing man, woman, child, infant, ox, sheep, camel and donkey (1 Samuel 15:3).

If we are going to take biblical law as the literal legal standard, we're also going to have to ban some staples of modern life:

Non-submissive women (Ephesians 5:22).

Blended fabrics (Leviticus 19:19), rounded haircuts (Leviticus 19:27), tattoos (Leviticus 19:28), rude jokes (Ephesians 5:4), divorce (Luke 16:18) and using automobiles or electricity on Sabbath (Exodus 35:3).

Additionally, women will not be allowed to teach in houses of worship (1 Timothy 2:12), men will not be allowed in at all if their genitals have been injured (Deuteronomy 23:1), and blind people, dwarves and the lame will not be allowed at the altar (Leviticus 21:17-23).


I intend no disrespect to the Good Book -- just pointing out a flaw in Zeigler's and Moore's selective application of it as a legal code. You don't have to be under shariah law (which, Moore has said, is in force in parts of Illinois and Indiana) to recognize that using the Bible as a literal source of law poses some challenges.

In this case, Moore's long-ago behavior will never be adjudicated in a court of law. Yet even Zeigler, in offering his biblical defense, appeared to acknowledge truth at the core of it: Moore getting romantically involved with teens when he was in his 30s.

There's no allegation of sexual intercourse, he said, and "Roy Moore fell in love with one of the younger women." That would be his wife, Kayla, who Zeigler says is 14 years his junior and whom he was dating around that time.

You don't need a judge and jury, Republicans, to determine that there was something icky going on or that there is something dangerous in having as a senator a man who places God's law over man's -- and then interprets God's laws to suit himself.


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