Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Judge Roy Moore has another profoundly silly column at the Worldnutdaily, this one about how perjury is allegedly caused by lack of belief in God and in his eternal punishment. After inventing a ridiculous conversation between a mythical judge and a non-existent 6 year old, Moore writes:

Young Johnny may believe there are severe consequences for lying, but it seems Lewis “Scooter” Libby and Bill Clinton were not too worried about that when they lied under oath. Libby, a vice presidential aide, was recently convicted of perjury for lying to a grand jury during an investigation into an alleged intelligence leak. Clinton, of course, lied to a grand jury about whether he was in an inappropriate relationship with a White House intern. We can expect more perjury by high-ranking government officials if our legal system continues to remove from its courts and its oaths the knowledge of a sovereign God who punishes evil.

So let me get this straight: Scooter Libby only lied to the grand jury because he didn’t believe in a “sovereign God who punishes evil”? That’s funny because many of the sentencing letters sent to Judge Walton vouching for Libby’s character were from Christians and mentioned his deeply held religious faith as a reason why he should not go to jail for that perjury. One of those letters was from the father of a woman who had been Libby’s personal assistant. Of Libby he wrote:

No single person in her professional life has done so much to train Christian for what I as a Christian pastor would call godly leadership.

Clearly the problem here is not that Libby did not believe in God or in eternal punishment. Indeed, I would be willing to bet that almost everyone who commits perjury believes in God and in eternal punishment. Look no further than the Dover trial, where Bill Buckingham and Alan Bonsell lied through their teeth under oath, both men praising God and talking about the need to get God back into the schools the whole time.

One also has to wonder about people like Moore who think you need the threat of eternal punishment in order to tell the truth. Even if one was not motivated simply by being an honest person and understanding the necessity of telling the truth in a court of law because your actions could cause a great deal of harm to another person, you’d think the threat of going to jail would be enough to deter one’s deceit. Is Moore such a cretin that only the threat of eternal hellfire can prevent him from lying under oath? It appears so.