More than 50 Alabama pastors signed a letter urging Alabama voters to support Roy Moore in next month’s Senate election, despite sexual allegations against the conservative judge that have surfaced over the last several days.
“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 pastors wrote. “Judge Moore has stood in the gap for us, taken the brunt of the attack, and has done so with a rare, unconquerable resolve.”
Five women so far have accused Moore of pursuing sexual and romantic relations with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. One woman, Leigh Corfman, said Moore initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14 years old. Moore was in his early 30s at the time and working as an assistant district attorney.
Three other women said Moore dated them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.
A fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, came forward Monday and accused More of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 years old.
In one encounter, Nelson said Moore offered to drive her home from work one night in 1975 and parked in a “dark, deserted” part of a parking lot behind the restaurant where she worked instead.
Nelson alleged Moore groped her and began “squeezing my neck attempting to force my head onto his crotch.”
“I was determined that I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified,” Nelson said during a press conference Monday. “He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought that he was going to rape me.”
Moore denied the allegations of the initial four women, which were published by the Washington Post, and called the story “fake news” and “intentional defamation.” He has since threatened to sue the Washington Post.
The 53 Alabama pastors accused the “Washington establishment” of declaring “all-out war on his campaign,” and asked voters to support Moore.
“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,” the pastors said. “We urge you to join us at the polls to cast your vote for Roy Moore.”
Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones next month in the Alabama special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.