A new line of defense has emerged for Roy Moore. They’ve been busy calling the women who accuse him of molesting them, or trying to date them liars, but now some of them are saying that the allegations are true, but it’s okay because he just wanted a girl who was pure.
Flip Benham, leader of far-right Christian group Operation Save America, tried this line on a local radio show:
Pastor Flip Benham told radio hosts Matt Murphy and Andrea Lindenberg on the “Matt and Aunie” show that Moore’s service in Vietnam left him pressed for choice when he returned and pursued a law degree.
“All of the ladies, or many of the ladies that he possibly could have married, were not available then, they were already married, maybe, somewhere,” Benham said…“He did that because there is something about a purity of a young woman, there is something that is good, that’s true, that’s straight and he looked for that.”
This is pretty standard thinking among the Christian right. It’s part of that “purity culture” thing with the purity rings and virginity promises and all of that. In their view, a woman who has sex with another man is “spoiled” and no longer “pure” and thus not good marriage material. This all stems from the idea that women are property, first of their fathers and then of their husbands, and the father’s job is to keep that property unspoiled until he can hand her over with her precious virtue intact to her new owner, her husband.
This is, quite literally, dehumanizing to women. It denies them all agency to make their own decisions and control their own lives.