As Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore is facing accusations of a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl, most Republicans senators are calling for Moore to “step aside,” if allegations are true. However, at least one Alabama state official is dismissing the report and defending him.
Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler is attempting to use the Bible to defend Moore, saying that there was a significant age gap between Mary, Jesus’ mother, and Joseph, her husband.
Zeigler stated, “There is nothing to see here. The allegations are that a man in his early 30s dated teenage girls. Even the Washington Post report says that he never had sexual intercourse with any of the girls and never attempted sexual intercourse.”
According to Zeigler, the political concern would be lessened because Moore never had “sexual intercourse” with the girl, the relationship “happened almost 40 years ago” and that “Roy Moore fell in love with one of the younger women.”
He then brought up that Moore started dating his wife around that time. He stated, “He dated her. He married her, and they’ve been married about 35 years. They’re blessed with a wonderful marriage and his wife Kayla is 14 years younger than Moore.”
Ziegler tried to claim that Moore is “clean as a hound’s tooth.”
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He continued, “Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist. Also, take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”
He concluded, “There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”
According to Leigh Corfman, who is now 53, says she met Moore, who was working as a district attorney at the time, when her mother was in child custody hearings. She was 14 and Moore was 32.
Corfman says that he kissed her on one occasion and touched her over her bra and underwear during another occasion.
There are three other women who are coming forward and saying that Moore, who was in his early 30’s, flirted with them and tried to ask them out when they were teenagers. Moore has denied these allegations, calling it a “completely false and desperate attack.”
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