Roy Moore has won the Alabama Republican primary for U.S. Senate, defeating an appointed incumbent backed by President Donald Trump and allies of Sen. Mitch McConnell, our affiliate WPMI reports.
In an upset likely to rock the party establishment, Moore clinched victory Tuesday over Sen. Luther Strange - who Trump campaigned for earlier this week - to win the GOP nomination for the Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore is now the front-runner to win in the Dec. 12 general election. He will face Democratic candidate Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney in Alabama.
Moore is the state's former chief justice who was twice removed from his duties for defying federal courts over same-sex marriage and the public display of the Ten Commandments.
"The Ten Commandments are not only a sacred text in the Jewish and Christian faiths, as the Supreme Court stated in Stone v Graham," he said. "They are God's revealed, divine law and the basis on which our morality depends."
He was suspended again in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Propelled by evangelical voters, Moore consolidated support from a number of anti-establishment forces, including former White House strategist Steve Bannon.
In 2006 after Keith Ellison became the first Muslim U.S. congressman, Moore wrote an op-ed entitled “Muslim Ellison should not sit in Congress,” and compared Ellison to a communist.
"But common sense alone dictates that in the midst of a war with Islamic terrorists we should not place someone in a position of great power who shares their doctrine. In 1943, we would never have allowed a member of Congress to take their oath on 'Mein Kampf,' or someone in the 1950s to swear allegiance to the 'Communist Manifesto.' Congress has the authority and should act to prohibit Ellison from taking the congressional oath today!"
When Vox reporter Jeff Stein asked him about Sharia law during a campaign stop earlier this summer, Moore responded,
"There are communities under Sharia law right now in our country. Up in Illinois. Christian communities; I don’t know if they may be Muslim communities. But Sharia law is a little different from American law. It is founded on religious concepts."
Stein pushed further and asked Moore what communities he was referencing, Moore said, "I was informed that there were. But if they’re not, it doesn’t matter. Sharia law incorporates Muslim law into the law. That’s not what we do. We do not punish people according to the Christian precepts of our faith -- so there’s a difference."
Moore founded the Christian legal group, The Foundation for Moral Law, in 2002. In 2015, the group posted a video titled "OBAMA THE MUSLIM, HIS OWN WORDS" to its Facebook page.
The video is edited out of context to suggest Obama is Muslim. Moore has previously questioned if Obama was actually born in the United States.
CNN reported that in February, Moore gave a sermon suggesting that the terrorist attacks on Sept.11, 2001, may have been the country's punishment for losing touch with God.
"Because you have despised His word and trust in perverseness and oppression, and say thereon ... therefore this iniquity will be to you as a breach ready to fall, swell out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instance," Moore said, quoting Isaiah 30:12-13. Then he added: "Sounds a little bit like the Pentagon, whose breaking came suddenly at an instance, doesn't it?"