Roy Moore, Christian Warrior

Roy Moore, Christian Warrior

Twice-defrocked Alabama judge, evolution-denying theocratic birther neo-confederate racist homophobe and all-around Christian Culture Warrior Roy Moore, now Alabama’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, has been accused of taking sexual liberties with a 14-year-old girl. He was 32-years old at the time and an assistant district attorney. Three other women have claimed he tried to make it with them when they were teens, too, and he plied one with wine when she was underage. No young boys have come forward (so far).

In response to these charges, Judge Moore blames the messenger, the Washington Post (Attention Jeff Bezos: this guy carries a gun),

“If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on behalf of all Republican senators. GOP senators saying “Amen” include Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona, David Perdue of Georgia, John Thune of South Dakota, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Richard C. Shelby of Alabama and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania. Mr. Moore is running to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions,  and refuses to debate his Democratic opponent, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones.

Since his removal from the bench, Roy Moore has been handsomely (if surreptitiously) compensated though a nonprofit outfit he founded, now run by his wife, called  the “Foundation for Moral Law.” His daughter is on the board of directors, and his son, well-known to Alabama’s police, was an employee. Roy Moore believes in family values.

More:

“Sex Allegations Against Roy Moore Send Republicans Reeling,” Richard Fausett, Jonathan Martin, and Campbell Robertson, New York Times

“White House On Moore Report: ‘That Hypothetical Would Be Disqualifying For Anyone,’” Matt Shuham, TPM Livewire

“Mitt Romney comes out swinging against Roy Moore,” Jeva Lange, The Week

“The Republican party is about to face the Weinstein test,” Tim Fernholz, Quartz

“A list of the many righteous things Roy Moore has said about sex and morality,” Amber Phillips, New York Times

“The Mary-Joseph Defense and Other Strange Arguments From Roy Moore Loyalists,” Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine

“Conservatives defend Roy Moore — invoking Joseph, Mary and the Ten Commandments,” Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service

“Sean Hannity Apologizes for Calling Roy Moore Sex ‘Consensual,’” Daily Beast

“Saving Roy Moore Isn’t Worth It,” Jonah Goldberg, National Review

“Roy Moore is fundraising off of report he pursued relationships with teen girls,” Catherine Garcia, The Week

“Senate GOP Campaign Arm Severs Financial Ties to Roy Moore,” Lachlan Markay and Gideon Resnick, Daily Beast

“Senate candidate Roy Moore does not rule out that he may have dated teen girls when he was in his 30s,” Michael Scherer and David Weigel, Washington Post

“Roy Moore on whether he dated teenage girls: ‘Not generally, no,’” Jen Kirby, Vox

“Will Sexual Misconduct Allegations Sink Moore Campaign? Stay Tuned,” Bridget Bowman, Roll Call

“Denying Allegations, Moore Tells Hannity He Did ‘Not Generally’ Pursue Teens,” Allegra Kirkland, TPM Livewire

“Moore Responds to Sexual-Misconduct Allegations With Evasive Maneuvers, Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine

“Kasich: GOP can’t support Roy Moore,” Julia Manchester, The Hill

“Sean Hannity Apologizes for Calling Roy Moore Sex ‘Consensual,’” Daily Beast

“Why evangelicals might keep supporting Roy Moore after his sex abuse scandal,” Tara Isabella Burton, Vox

Related:

“A lesson on Roy Moore from his former law school professor,” Guy V. Martin, Jr., AL.com

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