Prominent evangelist Jerry Falwell Jr. and other leading conservative Christians stand by their man, Roy Moore, child molester.
After dramatic revelations concerning Roy Moore sexually abusing a 14-year-old-girl, and sexually pursuing other teenage girls, conservative Christians are lining up to deny, defend, and justify the Alabama senate candidate’s deplorable and criminal behavior.
In emailed remarks published Friday by the Religious News Service Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, made it clear that he would stand by the child molester, writing:
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.
Falwell was not alone in defending Moore. Multiple other conservative Christian leaders are stepping forward. More from the Religious News Service (RNS):
American Family Association President Tim Wildmon, who has endorsed Moore, told RNS in an email the report “does not change our support for Roy Moore.”
“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,” Wildmon said.
Liberty Counsel Chairman Mathew Staver also continued to back Moore, saying, “Having personally known Roy Moore and his wife of 32 years, Kayla, I know him as a man of integrity who respects women.”
Adding insult to injury, Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler claims the Bible justifies the GOP senate candidate’s deplorable behavior.
Commenting on the explosive scandal, Ziegler told the Washington Examiner:
There is nothing to see here. The allegations are that a man in his early 30s dated teenage girls. Even the Washington Post report says that he never had sexual intercourse with any of the girls and never attempted sexual intercourse.
After asserting that “there is nothing to see here,” Ziegler went on to use scripture from the Bible to defend Moore’s criminal behavior. Ziegler said:
He’s clean as a hound’s tooth. Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist.
Ziegler then went on to invoke Christ to defend Moore:
Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.
There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.
That’s right. Let that sink in for a minute. According to Ziegler, in Alabama, sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl is “nothing immoral or illegal,” but “maybe just a little bit unusual.”
Note: Ziegler in not denying the charges against Moore. Instead, Ziegler is assuming the charges against Moore are true, and arguing that even though the charges are true, “there is nothing to see here,” because Jesus.
Bottom line: Nothing says Christian love like defending a child molester and blaming the victim.