After the Washington Post published a story detailing how Alabama’s Republican candidate for Senate Roy Moore initiated sexual contact with multiple teenager when he was in his 30’s, his wife posted a letter of support from 53 pastors on Facebook.
But the letter Moore’s wife Kayla posted on Facebook had originally been written in August — before the allegations of sexual misconduct came out — and published on Moore’s campaign website. Several of the priests say they were not notified the letter was being edited and republished, and have asked to have their names removed from the list of signatories.
Roy Moore & his wife literally took an old letter of support by 53 pastors, and forged it to make it seem like he was still supported AFTER the allegations of sexual assault on minors came out.
So far, multiple people named in the letter have demanded they be removed from it.
— Jules (@jules_su) November 14, 2017
Moore’s wife posted the republished letter on Facebook on Sunday, November 12, and seems to have deleted a few paragraphs from the original letter on her husband’s website, including a line asking Alabama voters to “join us at the polls on Tuesday, August 15th,” which was the date of the Republican primary. Instead, the letter was edited to mention the December 12 special election against Democrat Doug Jones.
Fresh Anointing House of Worship’s pastor Tijuanna Adetunji told AL.com that she was never contacted about the letter update and hadn’t given permission for her name to be used — neither had she been asked about the allegations against Moore.
Pastor Thad Endicott of the Heritage Baptist Church echoed Adetunji’s statement that the letter was updated and recirculated without the campaign checking to see if he had still endorsed Moore, and he has asked to be removed from it.
One pastor from Tennessee said he and Moore hadn’t been in contact in around a decade and he was ever even asked to sign the original letter, yet his name is at the bottom of both versions.
Dr. George Grant is the pastor at Parish Presbyterian Church in Franklin, TN, and he said he hadn’t been in contact with Moore’s campaign since it began. “Not my state. Not my issues,” he said when asked about the letter.
“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,” the letter reads. ““We are ready to join the fight and send a bold message to Washington: dishonesty, fear of man, and immorality are an affront to our convictions and our Savior and we won’t put up with it any longer.”