Religious Right Leaders Stand By Roy Moore Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations
Religious Right leaders are scrambling to defending Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore who is accused of pursuing sexual relationships with four teen girls, one as young as 14, back in the late 1970s when he was in his 30s.
Sandy Rios rushed to Moore’s defense on her American Family Association radio show by calling him a “Godly man” and lowering the bar for all men, notes Right Wing Watch:
Honestly, do you think there’s a person alive on the planet—certainly, I’ll limit it a little bit, I will say any man listening to my voice—that doesn’t have something in his past, in his box of secrets, that he’s ashamed of sexually? Especially, let’s just say, beginning in the ‘60s.
Where did we get to point where the standard for Christians is that there is never been anything ever? That they’ve lived a perfect life? I just don’t understand that.
The American Family Association defended Moore on its Facebook page on Nov. 9:
Washington Post quoted allegations of sexual misconduct by Justice Roy Moore which he stated are “completely false and a desperate political attack.” AFA Action believes Justice Roy Moore to be a truthful man and a solid Christian. Based on his statement of denial we are proud to stand by our endorsement of Justice Roy Moore.” Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate #ALSEN
Jerry Falwell Jr. defended Moore in an email to the Religious News Service:
It comes down to a question who is more credible in the eyes of the voters — the candidate or the accuser. The same thing happened to President Trump a few weeks before his election last year except it was several women making allegations. He denied that any of them were true and the American people believed him and elected him the 45th president of the United States.
American Family Association President Tim Wildmon told the Religious News Service that the allegation against Moore “does not change our support for Roy Moore,” and: “I don’t think this kind of story will change support for him among Christians since he has categorically denied it. Most will see it as dirty politics.”
Kim Davis’ lawyer and Liberty Counsel Chairman Mathew Staver also supported Moore: “Having personally known Roy Moore and his wife of 32 years, Kayla, I know him as a man of integrity who respects women.”