State Auditor Jim Zielgler Invokes Bible to Defend Roy Moore

Roy Moore now says he doesn't remember if he pursued teen girls in his 30s

A report in in The Washington Post this week said Moore, 70, engaged in sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl more than three decades ago when he was an attorney in a small Alabama town.

Moore beat Republican establishment-backed Sen.

The Post's report was based on interviews with 30 people.

The most serious of these allegations was an on-the-record statement from a woman named Leigh Corfman that Moore, then 32, kissed and inappropriately touched her when she was 14 years old. It was 1979, and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. Days later he took her home and removed their clothes, she said, touching her over her underwear and placing her hand on his underwear-clad genitals. The age of consent in Alabama, where these events are said to have happened, is 16.

President Trump would want Moore to step aside if the allegations against him are true, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Friday. The general election will be December 12. John Hoeven told the Washington Post about Moore not so long ago.

Some right-wing commentators, without outright denying the allegations, sought to downplay the significance of the story.

Four women, now adults, told the WaPo that Moore pursued them romantically when he was grown man, and they were teenagers.

A senior official in the U.S. state of Alabama has used the Bible to condone Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's reported sexual misconduct with minors and dismissed the furore over the allegations as "much ado about nothing".

But multiple officials did defend the alleged behavior.

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On the ground in Alabama, some Republicans were willing to downplay the allegations. "They're blessed with a wonderful marriage and his wife Kayla is 14 years younger than Moore", he said. They did not have sexual intercourse, according to the report.

Bennett says In such a scenario, even if Moore earned more votes than the Democrat, the state canvassing board would declare the Democrat the victor.

"Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance".

"There is nothing to see here", Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler told the Washington Examiner. "Also take Joseph and Mary".

The Bible does not state the ages of Joseph and Mary, agrees Margaret M. Mitchell, a professor of early Christian literature and the New Testament at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Some evangelical leaders sharply criticized Ziegler's response in comments to The Washington Post. Gardner chairs the Republican senatorial campaign committee. It doesn't seem like GOP voters have much of a problem with sexual abuse or harassment.

Jerry Moore said, "he knows. that the allegations against Roy Moore are not true, not true at all", Savidge reported. John McCain. "He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of".

Roy Moore denied the accusations and said they were part of the "all-out war on our conservative values". National liberal organizations know their chosen candidate Doug Jones is in a death spiral, and this is their last ditch Hail Mary'. "They've never been denominated as having rights by the US Supreme Court". In 2005, he said "homosexual conduct should be illegal".

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