Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore suggested earlier this year that 9/11 might have been a punishment for the United States turning away from God, CNN Politics reported Thursday.
The Christian conservative Republican and former state Supreme Court justice is running against former state attorney general Luther Strange for the senate seat once held by Jeff Sessions. Strange was appointed to the seat after President Donald Trump appointed Sessions U.S. attorney general.
A YouTube video showed Moore speaking at Open Door Baptist Church in February. Moore was seen quoting verses from the Old Testament's Book of Isaiah in suggesting that the Bible prophesied the attacks, CNN reported.
"Because you have despised His word and trust in perverseness and oppression, and say thereon ... therefore this iniquity will be to you as a breach ready to fall, swell out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instance,'" Moore said, quoting Isaiah 30:12-13.
Moore went on to say: "Sounds a little bit like the Pentagon, whose breaking came suddenly at an instance, doesn't it?"
"If you think that's coincidence, if you go to verse 25, 'there should be up on every high mountain and upon every hill rivers and streams of water in the day of the great slaughter when the towers will fall,'" Moore added. "You know, we've suffered a lot in this country, maybe, just maybe, because we've distanced ourselves from the one that has it within his hands to heal this land."
The former judge suggested later in his speech, according to CNN, that God was upset at the United States because "we legitimize sodomy" and "legitimize abortion."
Moore received 39 percent of the vote in an August Republican primary for Sessions seat, distancing Strange, who received 33 percent of the vote, Fox News said. The men are now in a Sept. 26 runoff since no one received more than 50 percent of the vote in what was a crowded field, the broadcaster noted.
Moore was chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court twice. He was ousted from the position the first time in 2003 for refusing to remove a 5,280-pound granite Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the state judicial building, noted Fox News.
He restarted his political career in 2012, getting elected chief justice again, but was suspended in 2016 after he directed probate judges not to issue marriage certificates to gay couples in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Fox News noted.
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