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Moore: “Economy is destroyed” by “tyrants who pander fear in the place of faith”

Embattled Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore testifies during his ethics trial at the Alabama Court of the Judiciary at the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday September 28, 2016.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide order that all restaurants close dine-in services. Bars have been closed across the state and nursing homes across the country are not allowing visitors.

Infectious disease experts recommend that meetings of more than ten people be abolished to fight the spread of the coronavirus. This means that sports venues, theaters, night clubs, museums, Churches, mosques, temples and synagogues are having to close. Even the Birmingham Zoo has been closed, Governor Ivey even closed Alabama’s beaches and the media is putting pressure on the Governor of Florida to do the same. The schools have already all been closed.

California is on full lockdown where citizens are refused the right of free movement, in an attempt to combat the further spread of the novel coronavirus.

Most politicians of both major parties have accepted the new orders as necessary for the public good. Former U.S. Senate candidate and judge Roy Moore, however, strongly disagrees with this policy.

“Businesses are closed, our economy is destroyed and churches are closed by tyrants who pander fear in the place of faith in God and our U.S. Constitution,” Moore said on Twitter.

Moore quoted President James Madison.

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Moore said, “’It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberty.’ James Madison would be shocked to see American liberty swept under the rug of coronavirus!”

A number of people have ignored President Donald Trump and Gov. Kay Ivey’s pleas for people to stay in their homes and limit their movements. Alabama’s beaches were full of people vacationing on the extended spring break until Ivey ended their holiday with orders that the beaches be closed.

Critics argue that the flu kills 20,000 Americans a year; but we continue to go to work and school, attend Church, and eat at restaurants even during the height of the flu season. Public Health officials warn that COVID-19 has the ability to do even more damage than the flu if it were allowed to spread throughout the population unhindered.

The extended spring break was supposed to last until April 6, but Alabama Public Health Officer Scott Harris said on Thursday that this could go on for three or four months.

Fears of the COVID-19 virus and the associated hysteria has led to a nearly 29 percent drop in the stock market in the last four weeks. The S&P 500 peaked at a record 3,386 points on February 19 and closed on March 19 at 2,398. As millions of jobs have been eliminated unemployment is expected to soar.

Roy Moore was twice elected as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Moore has twice ran for Governor; but failed to secure the Republican nomination. In 2017, Moore was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senator; but was defeated in the special election by Doug Jones (D). More recently, Moore ran for Senate in the Republican primary on March 3. Moore finished in fourth place. He is also the founder and President emeritus of the Foundation for Moral Law.

COVID-19 has already killed 10,048 people, with 1,085 dying just on Thursday.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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