Moore event in Dora: Possibly a political rally; not an embarrassment

Posted 12/1/17

It wasn’t supposed to be a political rally, but that’s exactly what it was.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore spoke Thursday night at church recreational building in unincorporated east Walker County.

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Moore event in Dora: Possibly a political rally; not an embarrassment

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It wasn’t supposed to be a political rally, but that’s exactly what it was.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore spoke Thursday night at church recreational building in unincorporated east Walker County.

Organizers of the event, held at Bryan Independent Baptist Church, said early in the night that it was strictly a worship service. The Daily Mountain Eagle had a trio of staffers at the event with a combined more than 90 years in the newspaper industry and just about as many years attending church services; all agreeing either it was definitely a political rally or it certainly had some vestages of it. (Possibly having pastors pray over Moore at the end might certainly have tipped it, if nothing else.)

Moore, who entered the building through a back door, took the podium around 8:15 p.m., following a Tennessee pastor known for his politically charged social media rants. Moore spoke for more than 30 minutes, with comments on the Constitution, God’s sovereignty and same-sex marriage, among other things. He also questioned the beliefs of his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, without naming him, before exiting, once again, through the back door and being driven away from the facility.

The event had seating for a little more than 300 people, with 200 of those seats being filled. Of that group, approximately 40 were members of the media, both local and national. With a global audience available, the night finished without any interruptions, protests or all-out craziness – and that’s a good thing for Walker County.

Organizers proved to be friendly hosts to not only the audience members but also to the working press. Many of the Moore events in recent days have looked more like a circus than a worship service or a political rally. The leadership over this particular gathering should be applauded for making sure everyone in attendance was treated with respect and no madness ensued.

In short, what may or may not have been a political rally (depending on your perspective) for Roy Moore took place Thursday night in east Walker County and it didn’t turn into a circus to embarrass our community. That’s something to be happy about.

— Daily Mountain Eagle