Pro-Confederate activists twice held events to commemorate Alabama’s 1861 secession from the United States at the headquarters of the foundation led at the time by Roy Moore, the new Republican nominee for US Senate.
The events, held at the Foundation for Moral Law’s building in 2009 and 2010, promoted a history of the Civil War sympathetic to the Confederate cause, in which the conflict is presented as one fought over the federal government violating the South’s sovereignty as opposed to one fought chiefly over the preservation of slavery.
Speakers at the events included Franklin Sanders, who is a board member of the League of the South, an organization that advocates for a “free and independent Southern republic,” and Rev. Chuck Baldwin, who has written that he believes “the South was right in the War Between the States” and that Confederate leaders were not racist. Most academic scholars identify slavery as a central cause of the war.
As I reported at the time, the League Of The South provided pro-Moore posters for the rallies that sprang up when Moore was last booted from the bench. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists them as a racist hate group.
In 2015 the group held an event to “celebrate” the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Shortly after Trump’s election, their president Michael Hill declared that Trump’s victory means a “stake in the heart” of Jews and minorities.