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When did child molestation become a gray area? Cue Roy Moore.
Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, pedophile? Probably. According to Washington Post reporting, Moore molested a 14-year-old when he was in his early thirties. The Post had more than 30 sources and now five people have accused him of sexual misconduct.
Not only have the accusers come forward, but Moore may have been banned from an Alabama mall for harassment of teens.
These allegations are morally reprehensible. Yet, there is plenty of support for Roy Moore – even accepting he might be a pedophile – but voting for a Democrat is worse.
I believe the allegations but I would vote for a pedophile/rapist/devil worshiper/serial murderer before I’d vote for a democrat.
— Coyote Hawk (@CoyoteHawk83) November 15, 2017
After a long pause, Alabama Bibb County Republican chairman Jerry Pow tells me he'd vote for Roy Moore even if Moore did commit a sex crime against a girl.
"I would vote for Judge Moore because I wouldn't want to vote for Doug," he says. "I'm not saying I support what he did."
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 9, 2017
Almost as disturbing as Moore’s alleged actions, there are people reasoning why sexual relationships between adults and teenagers is morally acceptable.
“Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,” Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler said. “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”
Ziegler not only provided explained how this behavior isn’t disgusting, but gave more moral context to the Washington Examiner:
“There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here,” Ziegler concluded. “Maybe just a little bit unusual.”
Yes – that’s right – Mary and Joseph make what Moore allegedly did moral. There are nearly 50 religious leaders who have come out in support of Moore (and some have come out refuting their name on this list).
And this gem from a journalist:
“If [Moore] had stolen a lawn mower at age 21, would that be a reason not to elect him 50 years later?” ALReporter.com’s Brandon Moseley said.
Hey, Brandon, YES. Emphatically, yes.
If Roy Moore molested a 14-year-old child, we can explain it’s morality because of biblical examples from several millenia, or it’s not a big deal because it happened decades ago, or… or… or…
We are crossing a dangerous threshold: a fight for a moral country. When did accepting sexual misconduct with children become a gray issue? It’s generally accepted that Anthony Weiner and his actions were unacceptable; Jerry Sandusky, universally morally reprehensible. Why would Moore be different?
We are willing to accept candidates that may have an abuse of children background just to say, “our side can win”.
Yet, not all Republicans are in-line with Brooks. Mitt Romney said Moore should “ step aside”, Mitch McConnell echoed Romney’s views and added that he “believes the women”, and the Republican National Committee pulled funding from Moore’s campaign.
But, we still have Moore supporters. How is this still not a black and white issue? Why is this even an argument? More importantly, how does this represent any values of any American voter, Republican or Democrat?
Roy Moore will not face any charges for these allegations; the statute of limitations ran out in the 1980s. But, just because he can’t face legal ramifications, he can still be held accountable for his perversion.
We’re in a fight for a moral America. Moore is now the embodiment of this argument. Is it more important to win or to be moral?