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Judge blocking transgender military ban ‘should be impeached’: pro-life Senate candidate

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

MONTGOMERY, Alabama, November 8, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro-life Senate candidate Roy Moore is calling for the impeachment of a transgender activist judge.

“Judge (Colleen) Kollar-Kotelly should be impeached by the House of Representatives for unlawful usurpation of power and lack of good behavior, and referred to the senate for a vote on removal,” the former state Supreme Court Chief Justice said.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, a Bill Clinton nominee, stepped in to halt President Donald Trump’s scheduled ban on transgender recruitment in the U.S. military in late October.  

Moore characterized Kollar-Kotelly’s move to block Trump’s order as “absolutely ridiculous.” “We’re talking about something that will actually decimate the morale in the military,” he said in July.

“We don’t need transgender bathrooms and we don’t need a transgender military,” Moore, 70, earlier said. “We don’t need a weaker military. We need to go back to what this country is about.”

The Alabama Republican is running against Democrat Doug Jones in a special election to replace Jeff Sessions, now the U.S. Attorney General. Outspokenly pro-marriage and family, Moore beat establishment Republican Luther Strange in a special run-off primary. Strange holds an interim position as acting senator until the December special election.

“The decision of a federal judge in the District of Columbia enjoining President Trump’s executive order on transgenderism in the military… 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.

Kollar-Kotelly said Trump’s executive order violates the right to due process. She halted the president’s order while LGBTQIA+ legal challenges are being fought in court.

Undaunted, Moore called transgender ideology a “delusion.” He specifically noted that until recently the American Psychological Association (APA) categorized transgenderism as a “mental disorder.”

Moore blamed the previous administration for advancing transgender ideology. “Only in 2016 did the Obama administration attempt to impose that delusion upon our fighting forces,” he said.  

Moore took issue with Kollar-Kotelly’s ruling that the pre-Obama tradition of keeping the military straight denies transgenders their rights.  

“To say that President Trump cannot prohibit transgenderism in the military is a clear example of judicial activism,” Moore asserted. “Even the United States Supreme Court has never declared transgenderism to be a right under the Constitution.”

“Not only has (Kollar-Kotelly) placed herself above the Constitution in finding such a nonexistent right,” Moore added, “she has also interfered with the powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.”

“Unless we return to faithful obedience to the Constitution and the separation of powers throughout therein, our form of government and our liberties will be in dire jeopardy,” Moore warned. “Congress should not turn a deaf ear to this flagrant usurpation of executive authority.”

As Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, Moore came under tremendous fire for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments display. He later created further controversy by advising probate judges to follow the state’s ban against homosexual “marriage” while the Alabama Supreme Court reviewed the matter.

On the Senate campaign stump, Moore is telling supporters the principles upon which the United States was founded are exclusively Christian values and morals. “This nation was founded as a Christian nation,” he declared.

Moore frequently says that God, not the government, gives people inalienable rights. “If (our rights) come from government, government will take them from you,” he once explained. “That’s what we are seeing with the United States Supreme Court and other bodies in our government. They are taking our rights -- the right to life, the right to liberty and the right to the pursuit of happiness.”

But “those things come from God, they do not come from government,” he said.

Moore is up front with his agenda to help restore Christian virtue to public life.  

“Crime, corruption, immorality, abortion, sodomy, sexual perversion sweep our land,” Moore said.  “When we become one nation under God again, when liberty and justice for all reigns across our land, we will be truly good again.”

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