Roy Moore Textbook Argues Women Aren’t Morally Fit For Office


A textbook co-authored by Roy Moore argues that women are not morally fit for political office.

Think Progress recently discovered course curriculum co-authored by Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore that espouses disparaging views toward women. The course, called “Law and Government: An Introductory Study Course,” was published in 2011 and is available on

[The course] instructs students that women should not be permitted to run for elected office. If women do run for office, the course argues, people have a moral obligation not to vote for them. The course is also critical of the women’s suffrage movement, which in 1920 secured some American women the right to vote.

The material was produced by an organization called Vision Forum, which is no longer in business.

According a statement on the Vision Forum’s website, “Egalitarian feminism is a false ideology that has bred false doctrine in the church and seduced many believers.”

For at least a decade, dating back to 1999, Moore served on the “faculty” of Vision Forum’s so-called “Witherspoon School of Law and Public Policy.” Not a school at all, Witherspoon was instead a series of four-day crash courses that taught men — and only men — that the Bible is the source of “law and liberty and the only sure foundation for addressing the challenging ethical questions of the twenty-first century.”

Vision Forum closed its doors under circumstances eerily reminiscent of the allegations currently plaguing Moore's run for office:

Vision Forum closed in 2013 after Phillips resigned, having admitted to a “lengthy” and “inappropriately romantic and affectionate” relationship with a woman who was not his wife. Shortly thereafter, that woman, Lourdes Torres-Manteufel, sued Phillips and Vision Forum, detailing an emotionally, psychologically, and sexually abusive relationship that started when she was just 15 years old.