Evangelicals and sex

We have before us Judge Roy Moore, twice-removed Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and currently candidate for the US Senate in the same state, who stands accused of fondling a 14-year-old girl when he was in his thirties, several decades ago. This is the same Judge Moore who was thrown off the State Supreme Court the first time for refusing to remove stone replicas of the Ten Commandments from the Rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building despite court orders telling him to do so. Subsequently he was suspended from the Court again (after winning an election to that body) for refusing to comply with laws permitting same-sex marriages and ordering probate judges and their employees to deny marriages to gay men and women who might request them.

It’s amazing how subjective the ethics of the oh-so-sanctimonious Evangelical Christian can be, isn’t it? If Judge Moore isn’t enough of an example, try this one: the Alabama State Auditor, Jim Ziegler, a friend of the Judge’s, brushes off the allegations entirely:

“He’s clean as a hound’s tooth,” Ziegler claimed, before relying on Scripture to defend Moore.

“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 said choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. “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,” Ziegler concluded. “Maybe just a little bit unusual.”

“Unusual.” That’s one word for molesting an underage girl who was half his age. Another word is “criminal.”


  1. This doesn’t surprise me. Evangelical Christian men tend to regard women and girls not as fellow human beings but as property, belonging to their males. Not all of them, but how many like that do you want?

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