Alabama Pastor Earl Wise will continue to support senate candidate Roy Moore if the sexual molestations against him are true.
Wise said he would support Moore even if the allegations were true and the candidate was proved to have sexually molested teenage girls and women. “There ought to be a statute of limitations on this stuff,” Wise said. “How these gals came up with this, I don’t know. They must have had some sweet dreams somewhere down the line.
Wise also employed a familiar trope regarding sexual assault in defense of Moore:
“[T]here are some 14-year-olds, who, the way they look, could pass for 20.”
Of the ten pastors the Boston Globe interviewed, all ten said they would continue to support Moore in spite of the claims against him, illustrating the shift taking place in the wider evangelical community:
Six years ago, just 30 percent of white evangelical Protestants believed an elected official “who commits an immoral act in their personal life can still behave ethically and fulfill their duties” as a public servant, according to The Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit polling firm focused on faith issues. In 2016, that number skyrocketed to 72 percent.