Give Roy Moore the benefit of the doubt

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Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence? On television many people are branding Moore as a child molester. Trump was asked if,  ”an accused child molestor is better than a Democrat?” The operative word is accused. So far as I know this man is as innocent as can be.

The screeching denunciations of Moore prove why the US ought to have stricter libel laws. A reputation can take decades to build but be demolished in minutes. Mud sticks. Even if all of these allegations ca be proved to be bogus – it is very hard to prove a negative – the man’s good name is besmirched. The accusations will never be forgotten.

Some politicians have ridden out the storm. Several women accused Bill Clinton of sex crimes including rape. People seldom mention that now. Trump has brazened out the women accusing him of the sort of crime that he boasted about on tape.  For once Trump was to be believed – when he bragged about committing sexual assault.

I revile Moore’s policies. This makes no difference whatsoever to his innocence or otherwise. Many people are highly partisan. They automatically believe allegations against their opponents and disbelieve those against their allies.

Another issue has surfaced. Should one ever vote for a paedophile? This crime is very distasteful and should be punished by a few years in prison unless it is particularly heinous and prolific when longer would be meet. If a man committed a minor offence – as in less than intercourse, many years ago, just once and is repentant  – then such a person should be given another chance. DO WE want criminals to reform or not? I want rehabilitation. No one is perfect and felons should be allowed to turn over a new leaf.

All these Christians should remember about absolution and mercy.

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About Calers

Born Belfast 1971. I read history at Edinburgh. I did a Master's at UCL. I have semi-libertarian right wing opinions. I am married with a daughter and a son. I am allergic to cats. I am the falling hope of the not so stern and somewhat bending Tories. I am a legal beagle rather than and eagle. Big up the Commonwealth of Nations.

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  1. Even Moore’s supporters are on record as admitting they believe the charges against Moore are valid. The big Republicans have pledged that if he is elected they will take action to remove him from the Senate. Moore was twice previously elected to high positions in Alabama, and both times was drummed out of office. He has admitted on the telly that he “always asked the girls mothers” for permission to date their young daughters. His own lawyer-cohorts have said that he was known for his preference for young girls, and had a reputation for hanging around shopping malls and other places where teenagers congregated.

    His lawyer spokesperson claims that Moore preferred young teenagers because of their “purity.”

    There does seem to be an inherent discrepancy in Moore’s eligibility for election…but actually the truth is that many of the evangelical supporters oppose Moore because he would be FOR the tax bill, against abortion, and against imagined slights to the church regulations. The reason Moore has any chance at all of being elected is that the president Trump is desperate for Moore’s vote…. they need a Republican majority for Trump’s tax bill, and they are still trying to delete former Pres. Obama’s signature health care bill from the law.

    Trump, of course, is under threat of being impeached for his alleged collusion with Russia….which if true (which I believe will be proven to be the case…interfered in our presidential election last year to the extent of effectively “stole” the election. Trump lost the popular vote by more than three million votes… and won by our electoral college system, which if anyone asks me, needs to be discarded.

    just sayin… there IS always a presumption of innocence, but the spectre of guilt also must be considered until the final verdict is in. This is a case of evil overriding good for political purposes.

  2. This is a very well covered occurrence. Much is at stake in this election in Alabama, because of the razor-thin division of Republican and Democrats in this country. In our Senate the Rep at 52 and the Dems at 48 so the R’s are always scrambling to scrape up enough votes to pass close ticket items, especially in cases where more than a simple majority rules.

    As of now in Alabama Roy Moore is lagging behind his opponent. This is a special election, so the vote turnout will likely be limited.

    It is true that nothing sells news media like sex…and this is very lurid and filled with nastiness. I might add, strictly without prejudice, that some of the southern states are often the butt of cruel and stupid jokes. There is also generally a low level of education, with standard ranking at the bottom when compared with the rest of the 50 states.

    • Looks like the Dems will win and then the Republican majority in the Senate will be by 1 vote. With a few Republicans crossing party lines it seems that Affordable Care can be saved.

      • We can only hope! The consequences are so high to cross party lines, but there are a few brave souls. We are keeping fingers crossed that the “boom” will fall on the trumpkin and his minions…

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