Hopefully this marks a turning point for the better in the heart of Dixie. Hopefully the majority of Alabamans will see this radical, right wing justice for what he really is and that is a narrow minded bible thumping screwball who wants to turn Alabama into a theocracy where there is no freedom from oppressive, backward religious beliefs and where bigotry runs amok.
I lived in Alabama over 2 years. What you describe IS Alabama. The kind of cultural inertia that affects the entire State cannot be changed in a single day merely because of residents suddenly "seeing" something. They see what they were raised to see all their lives, and nothing different.
Alabamans will not change spontaneously on their own. Not when their families, friends, preachers, schools and local media are reinforcing this hate. It's part of their heritage, and most of them are proud of it. Or else they wouldn't have returned this Moore as their State Chief Justice just a few years ago, who'd already been removed from office and was widely known as an outrageous, intemperate bigot.