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October 2004   
President Bush Guilty Of Moral Cowardice By Michael Peroutka, Candidate President Of The United States, Constitution Party

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President Bush Guilty Of Moral Cowardice For Not Defending Roy Moore In His Courageous 10 Commandments Fight

Dear Friends of the Constitutional Republic,

Here are some remarks, Lord willing, I shall be making when I speak tomorrow at the League Of The South's meeting at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Montgomery, Alabama:

When Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore defied an illegal Federal court order -- and fought courageously to defend that 10 Commandments monument -- Christians all across America supported him. One national poll showed that 77 percent of the people in our country were for Chief Justice Moore; 77 percent of the people of Alabama supported the Chief Justice. But, President Bush, who says he's a Christian, did and said, nothing! Just like in debate number three, when asked about the Supreme Court decision which has caused more than 40 million abortions, Mr. Bush, in defense of Roy Moore, said nothing -- nothing!

Mr. Bush, however, could have helped Chief Justice Moore's cause -- which was, and is, the cause of religious liberty, the cause of Christ. There were many things Mr. Bush could have done but did not do -- things I would have done had I been President. Mr. Bush could have used his "bully pulpit" to publicly and forcefully speak out in defense of Chief Justice Moore. He could have gone on national TV to do this, or held a press conference. If necessary -- and it probably would have been -- Mr. Bush could have traveled to Alabama and personally stood with Chief Justice Moore in this vitally important battle to defend God and His Word. I would have. But, Mr. Bush did none of these things.

As the chief executive officer of the Federal government, Mr. Bush could have, and should have, refused to allow Federal marshals to enforce Federal court orders against Chief Justice Moore because these orders were illegal! But, President Bush did none of these things.

As the anti-Christian lynch mob -- led by Federal Judge Myron Thompson and Alabama Attorney General William Pryor -- strung the Chief Justice up, Mr. Bush, shamefully silent, let him twist slowly in the wind. When a White House press spokesman was asked if Mr. Bush had a point of view about Chief Justice Moore's defense of his 10 Commandments monument, this individual said only that, and I quote, "it's important to respect the laws in the court," unquote. But, if the President believed this, why wasn't he defending the Chief Justice against illegal court orders?! I would have.

Another example of moral cowardice is the Alabama Republican Party's failure to defend Roy Moore. The Alabama GOP Chairman Marty Connors has said re: Chief Justice Moore and the 10 Commandments fight, quote: "We didn't defend or not defend him. We just let the legal course be taken," unquote.

But, of course, the, quote, "legal course," unquote, being taken against Roy Moore was illegal!! -- something, evidently, Mr. Connors and the Alabama Republican Party did not care about because they, like Mr. Bush, said and did nothing to help Roy Moore.

There are times, however, when the Alabama GOP is not completely comatose, and does prepare to spring into action, concerning the former Chief Justice. Earlier this year, the Associated Press reported, accurately, that Roy Moore and I had appeared together at several meetings in different states. In reaction to this fact, in this AP story, Alabama Republican Party Chairman Marty Connors was paraphrased as saying that the former Chief Justice, quote, "could jeopardize his right to run as a Republican in state elections," unquote, if he endorses candidates who are not Republicans (such as myself).

At the time, I put out a press release which said the following, and which I reiterate today:

"I am disappointed by Mr. Connors' narrow-minded, anti-free speech, political intolerance. His threatening of Alabama's former Supreme Court Chief Justice is blatantly hypocritical since his state party's 'Republican Oath' says, among other things, that 'one of those principles worth retaining' is to have 'an outlook broad enough to accommodate...varying points of view.'

"Roy S. Moore is a man I am honored to call my friend. He is a great American, a Christian gentleman, and a true hero who has fearlessly and courageously defended a bedrock principle upon which our country was founded: the duty of all public officials to acknowledge and obey God and His Law. And he has done this without any public help from the Alabama Republican Party.

"Instead of threatening the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice with expulsion from the GOP, Marty Connors should be praising him for all his good work. A final thought. If former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Moore did endorse me -- which he has not -- he would simply be endorsing a candidate who stands for many of the principled positions long ago abandoned by the Republican Party nationally, including President George W. Bush: Godly, limited, fiscally-responsible, Constitutional government."

Finally, I cannot speak about the lynch mob who went after my friend Roy Moore without mentioning Southern Poverty Law Center Co-Founder Morris Dees, an evil man, a long-time God-hater who misses no opportunity to bash Christians and attempt to deny them their legally-protected rights. In June of 2003, when Mr. Dees was interviewed on CNN, it was said of his organization that it, quote, "combats hate, intolerance, and discrimination," unquote. But, it does not. When it comes to courageous Christians like Roy Moore, Mr. Dees' group was intolerant with a vengeance and discriminatory in the extreme.

On the NBC "Today" show in early 2003, Morris Dees, in a touching recitation, defined the word "tolerance," in part, as, quote, "accepting the differences of people," unquote. Right. Tell that to Roy Moore.

But, since we are commanded to exercise Christian charity, I close by asking that we remember Morris Dees in our prayers. Each of us will, of course, pray what we think is in accord with God's Will. But, one thing I am certain we must ALL pray for is that Mr. Dees actually read the U.S. Constitution -- particularly the First Amendment -- and remember what it says when he goes on national television.

On CNBC, a national cable network, in late August of last year, attacking Roy Moore and his supporters yet one more time, Morris Dees said, about that now famous 10 Commandment monument, quote: "They" -- he means us -- "violate the separation of church and state as set out in the First Amendment, in the worst sort of way," unquote. But, of course, it is Mr. Dees who has rendered the First Amendment in the worst sort of way since the separation of church and state is, in no way, mentioned or alluded to in the First Amendment.

For God, Family, & the Republic,

Michael A. Peroutka