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Quote of the Day: Roy Moore Spokesman Ted Crockett Says the Bible Trumps U.S. Constitution

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Witness the interview between CNN’s Jake Tapper and Moore spokesman Ted Crockett on Tuesday afternoon. Crockett responded “probably” when Tapper pressed him on whether Moore believed homosexuality should be illegal. Then came this exchange between Tapper and Crockett over Muslims serving in Congress. I’m excerpting a big chunk of it because, well, you’ll see.

TAPPER: Judge Moore has also said that he doesn’t think a Muslim member of Congress should be allowed to be in Congress. Why? Under what provision of the Constitution?

CROCKETT: Because you have to swear on the Bible — when you are before — I had to do it. I’m an elected official, three terms, I had to swear on a Bible. You have to swear on a Bible to be an elected official in the United States of America. He alleges that a Muslim cannot do that, ethically, swearing on the Bible.

TAPPER: You don’t actually have to swear on a Christian bible, you can swear on anything, really. I don’t know if you knew that. You can swear on a Jewish Bible.

CROCKETT: Oh no. I swore on the Bible. I’ve done it three times.

TAPPER: I’m sure you have, I’m sure you’ve picked a Bible but the law is not that you have to swear on a Christian Bible. That is not the law. You don’t know that? All right. Ted Crockett with the Moore —

CROCKETT: I don’t know. I know that Donald Trump did it when he — when we made him President.

TAPPER: Because he’s Christian and he picked it. That’s what he wanted to swear in on. Ted Crockett with the Moore campaign. Good luck tonight. Thank you so much for being here. My panel will react when we get back

CROCKETT: Merry Christmas, Jake.

TAPPER: Thank you, sir.

— Chris Cillizza, Jake Tapper Interview of Roy Moore Spokesman Ted Crockett, December 12, 2017


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    As I read the news that Moore had lost I let out a huge ‘yes!’ causing my wife to enquire the reason. I explained that a Democrat had beaten a predatory bigot in the Alabama senate election. Her reply? Isn’t Alabama in America? But seriously, this election has been getting a great deal of attention here in the UK, and I think many people will be delighted at the result.

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    So glad that enough sensible voters came out against that awful alleged pedophile. I was in a social media discussion yesterday with some Christians regarding this. Most were torn because they didn’t want to support an alleged pedophile but also didn’t want to “vote for abortion”. I chose not to keep quiet and asked how voting a single issue was more important than keeping an alleged pedophile out of the senate. I got mixed responses lol. I can’t believe this wasn’t a no-brainer vote.

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      I agree Obstacle Chick, in this case , for me, even as a Christian believer, the vote would definitely have been a “no brainer.” To add to everything else, just seeing this man holding out a weapon standing in front of the American flag is a huge turn off.

      However, as someone with more libertarian or classic liberal leanings, oftentimes, my views on the issues can be mixed. (For instance, I”m more conservative relating to abortion, and the economy, but very progressive in issues relating to LGBT rights, and the environment, decriminalization of marijuana, etc.) Sometimes, I can have a very difficult time making a decision.

      I think, I’m not alone. I have one son who in the general election was very much supportive of Bernie Sanders. According to him, he knew when Hillary Clinton won the nomination, that it was over. What happens if you feel none of the candidates present a really good choice?

      There are times, I think, when it takes the proverbial wisdom of Solomon.

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    I stirred in the night, got up to use the washroom and my hubby quietly tells me Jones won. I sleepily responded “you better not be kidding me.” He said he wasn’t and that when he turned off the t.v. CNN had projected a Jones win.

    We’re Canadians and a Moore loss is a relief. But in a way, it doesn’t feel over. What the hell is coming next?

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    People giving testimony in court or depositions don’t have to ‘swear’ they’re telling the truth. If one didn’t want to, they could ‘affirm.’ Had more people than I expected do that over the years.

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