Roy Moore flips on religious tests, but says transgender people have "a mental disorder"

The Alabama Senate candidate wants to impeach a judge who ruled against Donald Trump

Published October 31, 2017 2:45PM (EDT)

Roy Moore (AP/Brynn Anderson)
Roy Moore (AP/Brynn Anderson)

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, a former judge in Alabama who defied the U.S. Supreme Court by displaying the Ten Commandments in his courthouse, suggested that Congress should impeach the judge who blocked President Donald Trump's transgender ban in the military. In a statement released Monday, Moore ironically accused U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of "judicial activism."

“The decision of a federal judge in the District of Columbia enjoining President Trump’s executive order on transgenderism in the military is absolutely ridiculous and is a perfect example of the outlandish doctrine of judicial supremacy whereby judges exalt themselves over the Constitution they are sworn to uphold,” Moore said in the statement.

Moore then asserted that being transgender was "a mental disorder" and had never been approved by the Supreme Court.

“As recently as 2013, the American Psychiatric Association considered transgenderism to be a mental disorder,” Moore said, conveniently leaving out that the APA announced in 2012 that it no longer classified people who are transgender as having a mental disorder.

“And only in 2016 did the Obama administration attempt to impose that delusion upon our fighting forces,” Moore continued. “To say that President Trump cannot prohibit transgenderism in the military is a clear example of judicial activism. Even the United States Supreme Court has never declared transgenderism to be a right under the Constitution.”

While Moore showcased his Christian conservative chops on Monday, he quietly conceded that there could be no religious tests in America, reversing on his previous stance that Muslims should not be serving in public office.

“There should be no religious test, no. That’s against the Constitution,” Moore told HuffPost as he entered the U.S. Capitol Tuesday.

Moore is the current favorite to unseat Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama. He will face off against Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 special election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Moore's controversial beliefs on Islam have earned him some criticism from even Republican senators. Sen. Ben Sasse refused to endorse him last week, saying, “You can’t have people running for office — and again, I don’t know the particulars of what Moore has said — but as it’s been reported, you can’t have people running for office saying that being a Muslim would be a disqualification for being in Congress. The Constitution’s pretty dang clear about not having religious litmus tests.”

By Taylor Link

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