Roy Moore won the Republican primary runoff in Alabama for Jeff Sessions’s U.S. Senate seat. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

It seems that Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate from Alabama, more than irritated fellow students at the University of Alabama, as well as at least one of his professors.

Moore, a former chief justice of Alabama, is famous not only for being removed twice from the bench for defying judicial orders but also for making racist and otherwise inappropriate comments, such as:

*That former president Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States.
*That homosexual conduct should be illegal.
*That God put Donald Trump in the White House.
*That the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States was a judgment by God on the wicked culture in America.
*That Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to serve in Congress.

Moore attended the University of Alabama’s law school after graduating in 1969 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York with a bachelor’s degree in arts and engineering. He had graduated in 1965 from Etowah High School in Attalla, Ala.

Moore was quite the irritant to some people at law school, according to Guy V. Martin Jr., a former adjunct professor at the school and who is now a director of Foundry Ministries. Martin wrote this piece on AL.com that guts Moore, saying that he was illogical and refused to back down on blatantly wrong positions. In fact, he wrote that he changed his teaching style because of Moore.

Roy Moore did not get along with his colleagues in law school or on the Supreme Court. The arguments were not over Christianity.

In law school, the arguments arose from what Disraeli called “falling into a deep groove of illogic and being helpless to allow reason to pull you out.” If Moore’s analysis of a case was tantamount to thinking 1 + 1 = 3, and his classmates reasoned otherwise, there was no backing down by Moore. The class was willing to fight to the death against illogic that no legal mind but one in America would espouse.

Moore never won one argument, and the debates got ugly and personal. The result: gone was the fulfillment a teacher hopes for in the still peace of logic and learning. I had no choice but to abandon the Socratic method of class participation in favor of the lecture mode because of one student: Roy Moore.