A handful of pastors say they did not grant permission for their names to be used on a letter signed by pastors urging Alabama voters to support GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in next month’s special election to filled Alabama's vacant U.S. Senate seat.
Moore’s wife, Kayla Moore, first posted the letter, signed by 53 pastors and resembles one previously posted on Moore’s campaign website prior to the primary, on her Facebook page on Sunday amid allegations of sexual misconduct against her husband.
The letter calls Moore an “immovable rock in the culture wars” and a “champion for religious liberty.”
But after the letter was then published by AL.com, Tijuanna Adetunji of the Fresh Anointing House of Worship in Montgomery said she had not been asked about the letter and did authorize for her name to be used.
"I was not asked about this story or allegations," Adetunji told AL.com.
Pastor Thad Endicott said he had not been asked about the recent letter and has since asked his name be removed from it.
"The list that has recently circulated was evidently copied and pasted from the August endorsements without checking to see if I still endorsed Moore," said Endicott.
Dr. George Grant of Parish Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tenn., also said he was not contacted about the original letter and had not personally been in touch with Moore in over a decade.
All three requested that their names be removed from the letter, the updated AL.com report said.
The Washington Post published a report last week in which four women went on the record about their alleged interactions with Moore. They said the former judge took them on dates and brought them back to his home, despite the fact he was nearly twice their age and they were between the ages of 14 and 18.
Leigh Corfman said Moore initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14 years old at Moore’s home. She said she did not have intercourse with Moore and requested to be taken home.
A fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, came forward Monday and claimed Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16. She said Moore offered to drive her home from work on night, but instead parked in parking lot behind her restaurant. She alleges he groped her and grabbed her neck to “force my head onto his crotch."
Moore has denied the accusations and has so far refused to drop out of the Senate race.
Moore is up against Democrat Doug Jones next month in the Alabama special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ empty Senate seat.