Why You Should Be Horrified By The Senate Race In Alabama

Why You Should Be Horrified By The Senate Race In Alabama

Why Roy Moore is a candidate that, unfortunately, needs be on your radar
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The great state of Alabama is holding a special election on December 12th to decide who will fill the Senate seat vacated by now Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Normally in Alabama, one of the most conservative states in the country, the winner of the Republican primary is considered the de facto winner of the whole election, however, this year things went horribly wrong for the Republican party and possibly for the entire country.

On September 26th, Roy Moore won the Republican runoff election and became the Republican nominee for Senate, defeating the incumbent appointed Senator Luther Strange. Moore has made a career out of stoking culture wars and preying on the fears of Alabamians. Moore has consistently flouted the rule of law by ignoring higher court opinions and violating ethics rules. His disdain for the rule of law has gotten him removed from the bench twice.

Moore is also viciously homophobic. He has said "Homosexual behavior is a crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one's ability to describe it," in a court opinion while arguing that gay parents were detrimental to the health and well being of a child.

In this case, his court gave an abusive father custody of his teenage daughter because the mother had come out as a lesbian. He has claimed on multiple occasions that homosexuality should be illegal. He even compares homosexuality to bestiality and continues to push for sodomy laws.

Moore was a member of the birther movement. He has called Islam a false religion and compared the Koran to Mein Kampf. Moore has said that Muslims should not be able to hold public office. He refers to Native Americans and Asian Americans as “reds and yellows." This is just to name a few of his most egregious and un-American positions.

Roy Moore also is incredibly unfit to serve as Senator. This is evident by just looking at the “Issues” section on his campaign website which is laughably short and vague. He does not possess the respect for rule of law that is required to be a member of an institution like the Senate.

And now, he is facing damning sexual assault allegations. Moore allegedly took a 14-year-old girl to his home, kissed her, and told her how pretty she was.

He brought her over a second time and undressed her and touched her over her underwear and bra. While this is the worst, there are five women who have come out and claimed he pursued them at a young age while he was in his thirties.

The reality is he is probably going to win.

Doug Jones, Moore’s Democratic opponent, is having a strong showing in the polls and could capitalize on the absurdity of Moore’s campaign. But it's Alabama, and therefore, regardless of the circumstances, any Democrat running is going to face a major uphill battle for statewide races. So what would the results be for the country if, on December 13th, we wake up to Senator-elect Moore?

It would mean that Moore would be making decisions at some of the highest levels of government. He would be in negotiations during debates about healthcare, lifetime judicial appointments, and national security just to name a few.

This is a race in which the Republican party is going to lose either way. They have already thrown away millions of dollars trying to prevent Moore from winning the nomination in the first place.

If Moore wins they will have to spend time defending the pompous bigot in their caucus. Not only will Moore tarnish the Republican brand as a Senator, it doesn’t look like Moore is willing to work with Republicans much either.

It seems unlikely that Moore would do anything to help the establishment (which, it bears repeating, spent millions against him) and potentially damaging his anti-establishment image he has spent decades cultivating.

However if Moore loses and Alabama sends a Democrat to the U.S. Senate, the entire Senate becomes up for grabs. To understand this you have to understand the Republican civil war. One side is the establishment Republican party, on the other side is the anti-establishment, right-wing populist, Bannon wing of the party. Steve Bannon has said on multiple occasions that he will attempt to primary every incumbent Republican in the Senate except Ted Cruz.

This means that Roger Wicker (R-MS), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and John Barrasso (R-WY) are going to have to fight tough and well funded primary opponents. If these incumbents lose to Moore-like candidates (which is exactly what happened in Alabama) backed by Steve Bannon, it could open all of these seats up to moderate Democrats, despite being in some of the most conservative states in the country.

Whether or not Steve Bannon will be able to dismantle the Republican establishment is still unknown and probably won’t be known until after the 2018 mid-terms. December 12th will be an indicator, is Bannon successful at uprooting incumbents and replacing them with candidates like Roy Moore, or is he biting off more than he can chew, thus handing the Senate over to the Democrats? For now, that question is in the hands of Alabama voters. Let’s hope they choose correctly.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. (Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.)

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town. Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community. I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK. What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives. What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all. Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back; same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others. As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being. My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Double Standards Are Plaguing Our Society

What and how are double standards hurting our society?
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Why is that when a female has many sexual partners she is considered a slut, but when a male does it he is celebrated as a king? Why is it when a male wears makeup or paints his nails his shunned by the world, but when a girl does it she looks bomb? How can the pope support ending the gender gap, but refuse to allow women to hold spiritual leadership roles? It’s because we live in a world filled with double standards.

What is a double standard? Merriam-Webster states it’s “a rule or principle that is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups.” We see in our society that there are many double standards between races, religions, sexualities, and genders.

Many double standards are hurting our country and even our world. Many people are blind to the double standards that plague our community especially if isn’t affecting them, while some just accept these as okay in our society, but they aren't okay. Here a few double standards that are seen in today's society.

Gender.

  • Women are paid less than men for doing the same exact job.
  • If a man cries he is considered weak, while it’s alright for a woman to do so.
  • When a male is sexually harassed by a woman he is lucky, while it happens to women it’s considered rape (I’m not denouncing rape that happens to women)
  • If a woman asserts any kind of dominance she’s a bitch, but if a guy does it he’s a leader.

Religion.

  • If someone of Muslim faith kills someone the headlines are “Muslim Terrorist Strikes Again!”, but they never announce if the killer was a Christian. They say he was a “lone wolf”
  • If a Christian teacher tried to make the class pray it would be okay, and millions would support them, but if a Muslim teacher tried that the world would go crazy.
  • the KKK (who are “Christians”) is okay, they can recruit through their website which isn’t blocked in any way and even endorsed our current president

Race.

  • If a black person does anything they seem suspicious, but when white people do it, it’s okay.
  • When NFL teams win big games their fans destroy cities, but if any peaceful protest happens it’s a riot and police decide to throw tear gas.
  • If a white person uses weed their considered a stoner, but if a black person does it they’re a criminal.

Sexuality.

  • if a straight couple does anything it’s normal. If a gay couple does it, it’s an abomination.
  • Straight couples can mistreat their own kids and it be okay, but if a gay couple wants to adopt a kid all hell breaks loose.

Weight.

  • If some bigger over eats their considered fat, and unhealthy, but if a thinner person over eats no one says a word.

Of course, there are so many other double standards that affect other groups of people, but just having these few is too many. We have to do something about this! If we allow one group of people to do something we must allow all other groups to do so as well. This must change to allow everyone to feel equal if we claim to be an equal opportunity country.

It isn't impossible to change these double standards as we have seen double standards in the past be changed. such as a male could be a doctor, but a women couldn't. Or even a white person holding a higher position in work and black person couldn't. Therefore, we see a change can happen, but only if we choose to make it happen.

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