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A plurality of evangelicals — 37 percent — described themselves as more likely to support Moore because of recent sexual assault allegations levied against him, while only 28 percent were less likely to do so. Thirty-four percent of the supposedly devout Christians said that the allegations reported last week in the Washington Post made no difference in their support for Moore (Newsweek).
This poll, conducted in the wake of the Post report that he sexually molested four teenage girls in the early 1980s, also shows that Moore’s challenger, Democrat Doug Jones, is leading the race for the first time, with 46% of respondents supporting him if the election were to happen today. Moore himself would only be able to muster 42% of the vote, and yet that 42% love him, and plan to do whatever is necessary to see this lunatic elected.
It is unclear if respondents to the JMC Analytics were also aware that Moore was known to date high school-aged women even when he was in his 30s (Newsweek).
Evangelicals have loved Moore for decades, particularly after he was twice removed from his post as Alabama’s chief justice, once for refusing to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the state judicial building, and later for ordering his probate judges to ignore the Supreme Court’s decision that legalized gay marriage.
In light of the recent allegations,critics say evangelicals are choosing resentment politics over actual Biblical verses. If that is the case, their voting would follow last year’s presidential election, when 80 percent of evangelicals voted for Donald Trump, who had also been accused of sexual assault and misconduct, exit polls show. These good Christians seem to have lost their sense of morality somewhere along the way, if they ever actually had any to begin with.
Religious fanatic and Trump friend and adviser, Jerry Falwell Jr. told Religion News Service:
“It comes down to a question of who is more credible in the eyes of the voters — the candidate or the accuser, and I believe the judge is telling the truth.”
Religious experts, however, believe that Moore’s support, while strong at the moment, may ultimately decline as more evidence surfaces.
Rev. Robert Franklin, a professor at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, told ABC News:
“Evangelicals are steadily losing their moral authority in the larger public square by intensifying their uncritical loyalty to Donald Trump. Since this is Roy Moore and not Donald Trump, I think there may be significant disaffection with him, and increased demands for his removal from the ballot.”
Incidentally, before child molestation charges were reported, Moore had an eight- to 11-point lead over Doug Jones. Let’s see if those allegations make any difference to Red State Alabama voters.