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Evangelicals Stick With Roy Moore Despite Allegations

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By    |   Monday, 20 November 2017 10:57 AM

Many evangelicals still support Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore despite allegations that he sexually assaulted teenage girls, The Boston Globe reports. 

The Globe called about 10 evangelical pastors who supported Moore before the accusations first became public, finding that the allegations against him made no difference.

"The hypocrisy of Washington has no bounds," evangelical preacher Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, told the paper. "So many denouncing Roy Moore when they are guilty of doing much worse than what he has been accused of supposedly doing."

Pastor Earl Wise of Millbrook, Ala., said: "I don't know how much these women are getting paid, but I can only believe they're getting a healthy sum."

"There ought to be a statute of limitations on this stuff," he added. "How these gals came up with this, I don't know. They must have had some sweet dreams somewhere down the line."

Wise also said: "There are some 14-year-olds, who, the way they look, could pass for 20."

Baptist minister Franklin Raddish of South Carolina said that for four decades "these women didn't say a word. They were cool as a cucumber." Now, "You're asking me to believe them when their own mother didn't have enough red blood in her to . . . go and report this? Come on."

The Public Religion Research Institute found six years ago that less than a third of white, Protestant evangelicals believed that an elected official "who commits an immoral act in their personal life can still behave ethically and fulfill their duties."

Today, almost three-quarters of white evangelical Protestants say the same.

"You look at the shift made from conservative white evangelical leaders between their condemnations of Bill Clinton in the late 1990s and their total dismissal of the charges against Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign, it's a pretty stark turnaround," Princeton University professor Kevin Kruse told the Globe.

"This is really a case of the ends justifying the means for them," he added. "It no longer matters about the personal characteristics of the leader anymore."

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