George Graham

Whitewashed Sepulchers


Surely, we’ve learned by now to be skeptical of those who “protest too much”? From Jesus to Shakespeare,  sages have warned us to be wary of self-righteous, finger wagging  boors.

Like Roy Moor.

You probably know about Roy Moore.

He’s the creepy old man accused of fondling a 14-year-old girl when he was in his early thirties. Yes, the Republican candidate for Jeff Sessions’ old Senate seat in Alabama.

He’s running on a religious platform. Not just religious, but fire-and-brimstone religious.

Moore is a champion of Old Testament righteousness. He insists Americans should obey “God’s law” above human laws.

He is known as the “Ten Commandments Judge”  because he once hung a wooden plaque of the commandments on the wall of his courtroom. He was removed from office in 2003 when he refused to remove the plaque. But he was re-elected as Alabama’s chief justice in 2012.

Last year, he was kicked off the bench again when he refused to obey the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

Moore won the Republican Senate nomination  earlier this year.  He is scheduled to face Democrat Doug Jones in a special election December 12.

He is a breast beating, psalm singing, Bible thumping bigot. He has likened homosexuality to bestiality. He identified non-white Americans as “blacks, reds and yellows.” He claimed Barack Obama is not an American citizen.

Now, we’re reading about alleged sex crimes in his past.

Surely, you aren’t surprised?

I’m not. I’ve come to expect people like Moore to have skeletons in their closets. After all, Jesus warned us about “whitewashed sepulchers” that are “full of dead men’s bones.”

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I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for