The Disturbing Case of Roy Moore


This may be wading into somewhat dangerous territory here, but bear with me for a moment, because the I think the case of Roy Moore may be even worse than you already think it is.

First let me say this, if a grown man of 32, a man who was prosecuting criminals as an assistant District Attorney, had any kind of sexual contact with a child, that is completely reprehensible.  He should be thrown in jail.  People have been branded as sexual predators for life (thanks to politicians like Roy Moore, actually) for having sex with underage partners even though they themselves were barely over legal age.  So Moore should be facing a criminal investigation.

Having said that, please indulge me when I say that it seems to me that there is something even more deeply disturbing here.  It is contained in the “defense” of Moore by a colleague, Jim Zeigler.

Basically, what Zeigler said is that thirty-something Moore was actually seeking out high school age girls to date and marry.  Let that sink in a moment.

This is not a case of some horny old goat who can’t tell the difference between a 22 year old college student and a 17 year old girl.  Wanting to have casual sex with someone younger than yourself, as long as it is consensual, is legal and perhaps even understandable.

But thirty something Roy Moore didn’t just want a quickie with a younger woman.  Thirty something Roy Moore was actively seeking high school aged girls to have a relationship with.  He wanted to hang out with them, chat with them, hold hands with them and kiss them.  Thirty something Roy Moore wanted to spend all his time with and marry a high school aged girl.

WTF?????

Consider the story that is getting all the attention.  Moore sees a girl who is clearly underage — she is still with her parents!  The girl is clearly facing family trouble, she is in court.  Moore seeks her out, not for some kind of titillation, but to have a relationship with her.  And not a big brother mentoring kind of relationship.  He wants to date her and groom her for marriage.  Ugghhh.  Roy Moore is obviously a deeply disturbed individual.

Zeigler’s “defense” of Moore says that this is basically how Moore met his current wife.  And in fact the age difference between Moore and his wife is exactly same as between Moore and the women named in the original Washington Post Story.  So Zeigler is, in fact, totally confirmed the Post’s reporting.

You really have to ask why a thirty plus year old man wasn’t yet married.  Hmmm.  And why did he think he would be more comfortable with a girl, rather than a woman of his own age and education?  And did he use his position to target girls who were having family or personal troubles as the Corfman case seems to indicate?

What deficiencies in his personal relationship life was he trying to cover up by trying to date completely inexperienced, naive, possibly troubled girls?  And yes, it is totally speculation, but I am going to go there anyway…Is it possible that Roy Moore is actually attracted to men?  Roy Moore might be gay?

Whatever the case may be, Roy Moore clearly has some deeply warped ideas about relationships and sexuality.  But we knew this.

No wonder he was such a terrible judge and will make an even worse Senator.

But hey, he’ll vote for the enormously unfair Republican tax plan, so the Republicans will welcome him into their club, no matter how sick he is.

Comments

  1. says

    What deficiencies in his personal relationship life was he trying to cover up by trying to date completely inexperienced, naive, possibly troubled girls? And yes, it is totally speculation, but I am going to go there anyway…Is it possible that Roy Moore is actually attracted to men? Roy Moore might be gay?

    How does that follow? I don’t really see how you get from one to the other.

    • says

      Is it a speculation totally from left field? Yes of course it is. But if we can get a bit Freudian for a moment.

      Imagine a young man who had inclinations towards other men in the deep south in the 60s and 70s. Such a person might apply any number of Freud’s defense mechanisms (https://www.simplypsychology.org/defense-mechanisms.html). Now, I am not Freud’s biggest fan by a long shot, but his defense mechanisms do seem to crop up in every day life many times. I two major mechanisms that might might come into play are repression and reaction formation.

      Repression is simply the pushing down of unwanted feelings. Many gay men of earlier eras have recounted how they needed to deny their sexuality in a world that was not accepting of that. Many such reports include accounts of trying to have romantic relationships with women, even getting married, that were (naturally) problematic. If a person who had been repressing their sexuality for years sought out a romantic partner they might well seek out a partner who was both naive and who they had power over. Why? Probably because such a partner would perhaps not realize what was missing in the relationship and would be too powerless to ask questions or leave.

      Reaction formation is when a person adopts (at least externally) the exact opposite stance that they feel inside. This is not an unknown phenomenon (https://www.livescience.com/19563-homophobia-hidden-homosexuals.html).

      So, while the speculation is totally from left field, in my mind at least, it has a certain plausibility. It could also be that he is just a religious hypocrite and wanted a high school bride that he could boss around and bully.

      But Freud would still want to know why. And so would I really.

  2. Pierce R. Butler says

    … the age difference between Moore and his wife is exactly same as between Moore and the women named in the original Washington Post Story. So Zeigler is, in fact, totally confirmed the Post’s reporting.

    Somewhat of a stretch (not to mention the scrambled grammar) there:

    … the comparison was not a close one, as Kayla Kisor was 24 years old and a legal adult when she married the then-38-year-old Roy Moore in 1985.

  3. Matthew Herron says

    Moore’s a scumbag, no doubt. Hell, we knew that before any of this hit the news. But I am going to take exception to one thing you wrote:

    You really have to ask why a thirty plus year old man wasn’t yet married.

    No, you really don’t. As a 47-year old man who’s never been married, I don’t need to explain why the course of my life has gone differently from yours.
    Don’t get me wrong; this isn’t a huge deal. It’s a molehill, not a mountain. But it’s not the first time I’ve heard implications that being an unmarried adult is something that requires an explanation.

    • says

      Let me say that personally I don’t care whether or not people are married and no, I don’t think you have to explain.

      I probably should have been more careful and said that most likely in the culture of the south at that time, that question would have certainly been whispered.

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