Roy Moore Is a ‘Warrior’ and ‘Defender of the Sanctity of Marriage,' Alabama Pastors Say

A group of 53 Alabama pastors signed onto a letter pledging their support for alleged child molester and Senate candidate Roy Moore.

The letter, first posted on Moore’s wife's personal Facebook page, describes the embattled candidate as a friend to religious conservatives and a staunch opponent of the “Washington establishment.”

“For decades, Roy Moore has been an immovable rock in the culture wars—a bold defender of the ‘little guy,’ a just judge to those who came before his court, a warrior for the unborn child, defender of the sanctity of marriage, and a champion for religious liberty,” the letter reads. “Judge Moore has stood in the gap for us, taken the brunt of the attack, and has done so with a rare, unconquerable resolve.”

The letter, published on AL.com after Moore’s wife deleted the post, goes on to laud Moore for his “immovable conviction for Biblical principles.”

Last week, a JMC Analytics poll showed that 37 percent of Alabama evangelicals are more likely to support Moore because of recent sexual assault allegations leveled against him, while only 28 percent were less likely to do so. Thirty-four percent of the supposedly devout Christians said that the allegations reported last week in the Washington Post made no difference in their support for Moore.

The same poll, conducted in the wake of the allegations that Moore molested four teenage girls in the early 1980s, also shows his challenger, Democrat Doug Jones, leading the race for the first time.

On Monday, a fifth woman accused Moore of sexually assaulting her in high school. She revealed that the former Alabama judge signed her high school yearbook, “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say ‘Merry Christmas’…Love, Roy Moore D.A.”

You can read the pastors’ letter of support in full below:

"For decades, Roy Moore has been an immovable rock in the culture wars - a bold defender of the "little guy," a just judge to those who came before his court, a warrior for the unborn child, defender of the sanctity of marriage, and a champion for religious liberty. Judge Moore has stood in the gap for us, taken the brunt of the attack, and has done so with a rare, unconquerable resolve.

"As a consequence of his unwavering faith in God and his immovable convictions for Biblical principles, he was ousted as Chief Justice in 2003. As a result, he continued his life pursuit by starting the Foundation for Moral Law, which litigates religious liberty cases around our Nation. After being re-elected again to Chief Justice in 2012, by an overwhelming majority, he took another round of persecution for our faith as he stood up for the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman.

"You can know a man by his enemies, and he's made plenty - from the radical organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU to the liberal media and a handful of establishment politicians from Washington. He has friends too, a lot of them. They live all across this great State, work hard all week, and fill our pews on Sunday. They know him as a father, a grandfather, a man who loves God's Word and knows much of it by heart, a man who cares for the people, a man who understands our Constitution in the tradition of our Founding Fathers, and a man who deeply loves America. It's no wonder the Washington establishment has declared all-out war on his campaign.

"We are ready to join the fight and send a bold message to Washington: dishonesty, fear of man, and immorality are an affront to our convictions and our Savior and we won't put up with it any longer. We urge you to join us at the polls to cast your vote for Roy Moore."

 

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