Did the Bible Guide Moore’s Actions?

Did the Bible Guide Moore's Actions?
Did the Bible Guide Moore's Actions?

Republican Senator, Roy Moore, came under intense scrutiny this week, after being accused of sexual molestation and harassment by more than four women. The Washington Post is reporting that at least one of the girls was 14, while the other cases range in age between 15 and 19, dating back as far as 1979. What is especially surprising about the case is that his supporters blame neither Roy nor the women for false accusations – instead, they believe the Bible supports his actions and negates their harm.

Key Facts

  • Republican auditor Jim Zeigler defended Moore’s actions by suggesting there was no transgression because he had “never had sexual intercourse with any of the girls and never attempted sexual intercourse.” But, he also admitted that Moore dated teenage girls at the same time.
  • Zeigler then called on the Bible to aid him in his defense of 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.” He also compared the situation to Joseph and Mary, suggesting that “Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter” who had “become the parents of Jesus.”
  • Marion County GOP David Hall also defended Moore, saying. “There’s nothing wrong with a 30-year-old single male asking a 19-year-old, a 17-year-old, or a 16-year-old out on a date.”
  • For his part, Moore called the allegations “completely false” and “a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign.”
  • Although cross-generational relationships were certainly a factor in the Bible, most of the incidents discussed were of marriage. It was also traditional at the time for women to marry as young as 13 or 14. That said, the Bible was written starting in 2500 B.C.

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