It's No Surprise That Evangelicals Still Back Roy Moore

In the wake of last week’s revelations about Alabama Republican Roy Moore, a new poll shows that more than 70 percent of evangelical voters in Alabama still support the man accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl. About half of the evangelicals who still support Moore say that the charges make them

In the wake of last week’s revelations about Alabama Republican Roy Moore, a new poll shows that more than 70 percent of evangelical voters in Alabama still support the man accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl. About half of the evangelicals who still support Moore say that the charges make them more likely to vote Republican, a statistic that shows how little regard Republican voters hold for the mainstream media.

The poll by JMC Analytics found that 37 percent of evangelicals are more likely to vote for Roy Moore in the wake of the sex scandal than before. An additional 34 percent said that the allegations made no difference in their vote. Only 28 percent of evangelicals were less likely to vote for Moore after the revelations. The same poll showed that 38 percent of voters at large were less likely to vote for Moore.

The poll’s findings will be assumed to show hypocrisy on the part of evangelical voters, but this isn’t necessarily true. CNN exit polls show that 56 percent of Protestant voters voted for Donald Trump. In contrast to Trump, Moore’s sex scandal is more easily explained away.

Roy Moore tacitly admitted to Sean Hannity that he dated girls “as young as 17.” At the same time, Moore called the more damaging allegation that he improperly touched a 14-year-old girl “completely false.” In contrast, evangelicals have already voted en masse for Donald Trump, who admitted to sexual assault in a taped conversation on “Access Hollywood.”

In Trump’s case, the tape was made in 2005 and other allegations of sexual misconduct were even more recent. The allegations against Roy Moore are almost 40 years old. Moore has been happily married (to the same woman, unlike Donald Trump) for the past 32 years. Moore’s wife, Kayla, told Breitbart that they met when she was 23.

With no allegations of sexual misbehavior in more than three decades, it is easy to argue that Roy Moore is a changed man. Christians believe in in the power of God to change hearts and lives. They also believe in repentance and forgiveness. It is much easier to believe that Roy Moore is a changed man who has repented of his long-ago actions than Donald Trump.

The second reason that evangelicals have not abandoned Roy Moore is a simple one. They believe that Democrats are a bigger threat than someone who may have exercised bad – and, in at least one case, criminal – judgment four decades ago.

Democrats have worked painstakingly hard to convince the country that they are no friend to Bible-believing Christians. The list of attacks on Christians by liberal Democrats is long and includes a legal campaign against the Little Sisters of the Poor, political assaults on photographers and bakers who hold a traditional view of marriage, attacks on freedom of speech for pro-life activists and campaigns to remove Christian symbols from nearly aspect of public life. In a viral clip from the 2012 Democratic convention, Democrat delegates even booed the inclusion of God in their party platform.

Roy Moore was directly involved in two incidents which were perceived by Alabama evangelicals to be assaults on their religious liberty. In 2003, Moore was removed from his position as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for his refusal to remove a 10 Commandments monument. Moore worked his way back to the state high court, but was removed again in 2015 after refusing to order probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Critics might argue that Moore’s actions were self-serving and violated his oath to uphold the rule of law, but they also made him a hero to the state’s evangelical voters.

Now, after decades of having their religious beliefs attacked by the left, Alabama Christians see their champion, Roy Moore, under assault from the same liberals who have celebrated as courts chipped away at their religious liberty. Moore’s habit of tilting at windmills may not have been successful, but, like Donald Trump, he is viewed as a man who fights back. Many evangelicals will even refuse to believe the charges, in spite of Moore’s admission, because they view the Washington Post and other mainstream media as fake news.

Ultimately, Alabama evangelicals will have to decide between an accused child molester and Democrat. Many of them openly admit that they consider the Democrat to be worse. Considering how Democrats have treated evangelicals, this should not be a surprise.

First off the beginning premise is wrong. The writer says "revelations" instead of "Allegations" which are two very different things. Throughout the article the writer assumes Judge Moore to have been convicted of the charges, something I have yet to see on the news or read in the paper. Also, the writer says that Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault on tape. I didn't hear that either. What I heard President Trump saying is that if you are rich and powerful enough you can grab a women etc, etc., not that he DID do that. Please folks, words have meanings and used slightly out of context can be used to judge and convict someone of something they may or may not have done. John McCain was alleged to have had an affair, why was he not banished to the Netherlands, along with Bill Clinton. If there is a conviction I will support what the conviction is but hear in the United States we are all innocent until proven in a court of law to be guilty. You'd demand the same treatment if it were you.

I have to agree that the article starts with the presupposition of guilt. To be blunt, virtually any conservative running in a very crucial race such as president or senator who doesn't live in a monastery will be targeted by Gloria Alread and her merry band of victim preppers.

Here's the bigger problem for me (and, I think, for the country): If the Judge gets elected - really, when he gets elected - the Senate is likely to invoke some goofy rule to remove him. Not because of the allegations (though that's what they'll say) but because they don't want him in the Senate (for whatever reason). At some point we, the people, have to stand up and be counted.

I understand the lynch mob mentality coming from the left. What I don't understand is the lynch mob mentality coming from the right when it's one of their own. Democrats seldom go after another Dem. But Republicans consistently go after each other. That is what Donald Trump did to win (think Jeb, Ted, Rick, Marco, Kasich). It's sad that this has now become acceptable behavior. It's called trickle down politics. Good leadership strengthens the entire party. Bad leadership weakens the entire Republican party.

I guess I am still bitter, but I just can't get over the fact that for years Republican voters time and again said that we just needed a Reaganesque conservative Christian as our nominee instead of the moderate guys like McCain and Romney. Yet when presented with the choice of candidate that is the closest you could get to that model in Ted Cruz evangelicals broke for a known adulterer who said he has never done anything to need forgiveness for.