Judge Roy Moore -- the man best known as "the Ten Commandments Judge" for his smuggling of a two-and-a-half ton monument to the Ten Commandments into the Alabama state courthouse in the dead of night and refusing to remove it -- is back.
Moore is back in his old job as the elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court; the job from which he was removed after refusing the order of a federal judge to remove the monument in the interests of preserving separation of church and state. He was years in the wilderness: First as a celebrity on the Christian Right speaking circuit; then as the celebrity candidate coveted by the perennially obscure and distinctly theocratic Constitution Party; then as the twice also-ran primary challenger to a sitting Republican governor; and then as a declared candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination who seemed to campaign and campaign and campaign... until no one was paying any attention anymore.
But then he dominated the 2012 GOP primary field for Chief Justice with 52% -- and the rest is history.
Slate's Mark Joseph Stern reported:
Moore’s triumphant comeback is a potent corrective to the notion that religious conservatism and rejection of science has backfired politically. While Mitt Romney kept mostly mum on the issue of evolution, Moore spoke openly about his devotion to creationism, claiming that evolution has “distorted our way of thinking.” He intimated that evolution and the Constitution are irreconcilable. During his 2010 gubernatorial primary race, Moore ran an attack ad against a Republican opponent pillorying him for “supporting teaching evolution ... on the school board.”
Predictably, Moore is also vehemently opposed to same-sex marriage and abortion. In other words, Moore ran the campaign religious conservatives hoped Mitt Romney would run: brashly religious, proudly conservative, and rooted in an unyielding devotion to fundamentalist principles over modern interpretations of equality, science, and the Constitution.