Several pastors who were among 50 Christian leaders to endorse Southern Baptist Alabama Judge Roy Moore’s successful Senate primary runoff against GOP Sen. Luther Strange in September have withdrawn their support in light of allegations from five women who claim he sexually pursued them when they were all teenagers.
The withdrawal of their support comes after Kayla Moore, wife of the embattled judge, reposted a letter of support dated Aug. 15 from the pastors on Sunday in response to the mounting allegations.
“For decades, Roy Moore has been an immovable rock in the culture wars – a bold defender of the ‘little guy,’ a just judge to those who came before his court, a warrior for the unborn child, defender of the sanctity of marriage, and a champion for religious liberty. Judge Moore has stood in the gap for us, taken the brunt of the attack, and has done so with a rare, unconquerable resolve,” the pastors said at the time.
The letter further lists the names of the 50 pastors and their churches.
Tijuanna Adetunji of the Fresh Anointing House of Worship in Montgomery, whose name appears on the list, told AL.com, however, that she was not contacted about the letter and did not give permission for her name to be used.
“I was not asked about this story or allegations,” Adetunji said.
Pastor Thad Endicott also told AL.com that he was not contacted about Kayla Moore’s latest post on Facebook.
“The list that has recently circulated was evidently copied and pasted from the August endorsements without checking to see if I still endorsed Moore,” Endicott who leads Heritage Baptist Church said. He said he has asked that his name be removed from the Moore endorsement.
Pastor Joseph Smith of Pine Air Baptist Church in Grand Bay told Fox 10 that he is not happy about his church and name being caught up with Moore’s scandal.
He explained that during the runoff, Moore’s campaign called him and he said he told them that “I’ll support Moore because I don’t like Luther Strange.”
Since then however, Smith says he hasn’t heard from the Moore campaign and doesn’t understand why his name is on the letter.
SOURCE: Leonardo Blair