Ten Commandments judge snags Chuck Norris endorsement

Alabama's Roy Moore loves powerful bearded guys who choose who lives and who dies, and they love him

Published August 27, 2009 7:15PM (EDT)

Here's a match made in Heaven: On the one hand, we've got Chuck Norris. The guy’s definitely got a type. The bearded martial artist and inadvertent ironic cultural phenomenon made his first major political appearances for then-presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, the evangelical standard-bearer in the 2008 presidential campaign. On the other hand, we've got Roy Moore. The former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Moore was removed from office in 2003 after defying court orders to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments he'd had installed at the court. Now he's running for governor, and guess whose endorsement he just landed?

Of course, there's no surprise, really. Norris, a columnist these days for WorldNetDaily, loves conservative evangelical candidates -- see Huckabee, Mike. And Moore loves bearded guys who have power over life and death and can move the Earth -- see God, Almighty.

Moore and Norris have other things in common, as well. Surprisingly, they’re both kickboxers. And, somewhat less surprisingly, neither believes in evolution. Says Moore, "There's no scientific evidence of evolution." According to Chuck Norris Facts: "There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live."

Moore weighed running for president on the Constitution Party line in 2004, but decided to wait and seek office in Alabama again later. In 2006, he unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Gov. Bob Riley in the Republican primary. Despite this checkered history, you’ve got to think that the guy stands a real chance with the current political climate in the GOP -- in fact, early polling shows him right in the thick of things.

By Gabriel Winant

Gabriel Winant is a graduate student in American history at Yale.

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