Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.

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All Revved Up: Roy Moore Apologist Should Not Be Using The Bible To Defend Him

November 13, 2017

Defenders of GOP Senate Candidate Roy Moore have been invoking Jesus, Mary and Joseph to justify the sexual abuse allegations made against Moore.

The Washington Post reported last week that Moore sexual abused a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 and pursued three girls ranging from ages 16 to 18. In response to these allegations, Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler compared Moore’s actions to Joseph and Mary when asked about the allegations by the Washington Examiner.

“Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus … There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual,” Ziegler told the Examiner.

Moore’s brother, Jerry Moore, even compared him directly to Jesus, telling CNN correspondent Martin Savidge that his brother is being persecuted like Jesus.

Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett Price joined Boston Public Radio Monday for another edition of All Revved Up. Both of the reverends emphatically condemned using the bible to defend Moore.

“What you really see here is, again, how scripture is used more politically than it is used for a moral compass,” Monroe said, adding that she found the use of the biblical text very troubling, and as an effort to plug child molestation. “In many ways, [Ziegler] defiles and violates and rapes the iconic text."

"This is a totally different situation, but I think that it is insane that this has become a balm in Gilead here," Price added. "We are moving so far away from Roy Moore and his ludicrous behavior." 

Click on the audio player above to hear this week's edition of All Revved Up.

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