Roy Moore’s Wife Alters An Old Letter to Make it Appear That 53 Pastors Support Moore After Sexual Assault Allegations
WASHINGTON, November 14, 2017—Many were surprised by the news Sunday that 53 pastors had written a letter supporting Roy Moore, Republican candidate to the U.S. Senate, after several credible reports surfaced regarding Moore sexually assaulting teenage girls while he was a thirty-something district attorney. However, the letter is not what it appears to be.
The letter was posted on Facebook Sunday by Moore’s wife, Kayla Moore, and immediately shared by Moore supporters and right-wing media. The letter appears to be an answer to the barrage of criticism and calls to step down as new accusations against Moore continue to surface.
However, the pastors originally wrote the letter of support in August, when Moore was a candidate in the Alabama Republican primary election. It was posted on Moore’s campaign website at the time and remains up. Kayla Moore appears to have removed the top paragraphs and copied and pasted the letter to the Facebook feed on Sunday.
Since then, three of the pastors named in the letter said that they were not asked permission to repost the letter and have asked that their names be removed, according to AL.com.
“The list that has recently circulated was evidently copied and pasted from the August endorsements without checking to see if I still endorsed Moore,” said Pastor Thad Endicott from Heritage Baptist Church to AL.com.
Another person named in the letter, Dr. George Grant, head of Parish Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, told WSMV that he was never asked to sign the original letter or the letter posted Sunday by Kayla Moore, and does not want to be involved in another state’s politics.
Additionally, AL.com reports that at least one of the pastors named in the letter no longer works at the church listed.
The letter describes Moore as “a father, a grandfather, a man who loves God’s Word and knows much of it by heart, a man who cares for the people.”