A number one determine amongst spiritual liberals says the candidacy of Republican Roy Moore for U.S. Senate is a battle for the “soul of the nation.”
The remarks Saturday by the Rev. William J. Barber come a day after a letter signed by dozens of progressive pastors in Alabama stated Moore — dogged by current allegations of inappropriate conduct towards teenage women a long time in the past — is unfit to serve.
Barber, former head of the North Carolina NAACP, spoke at an anti-Moore rally on the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, that drew greater than 100 folks. The occasion was in direct distinction to a information convention Thursday throughout which spiritual conservatives expressed their dedication to Moore, who describes himself as a conservative Christian who hews to household values.
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Indicators carried by Moore opponents at Saturday’s rally decried his opposition to homosexual and transgender rights. Moore was additionally criticized for opposing federally backed well being care, help for the needy and extra.
Barber and different audio system claimed Moore’s marketing campaign is fueled by a perversion of Christianity linked with white supremacy, and Moore is making an attempt to take these forces to the Senate.
“What is going on now in Alabama issues for the soul of the nation,” stated Barber, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, and the power behind the “Ethical Monday” protest motion that requires larger rights for gays and minorities.
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On Friday, greater than 50 Alabama pastors signed a public letter stating Moore isn’t match to serve within the U.S. Senate. The letter continued to gather signatures Saturday.
The letter says Moore demonstrated “extremist values” incompatible with conventional Christianity even earlier than current allegations of sexual misconduct involving younger ladies.
The pastors cite Moore’s opposition to the growth of Medicaid, which offers well being look after the poor. It additionally accuses him of denigrating folks from different international locations and faiths and cites his opposition to homosexuality.
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The letter was written by a gaggle of pastors in Birmingham. It consists of the signatures of ministers from mainstream and liberal denominations together with Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, the United Church of Christ and a few average Baptists.
Moore nonetheless enjoys the assist of conservative evangelical leaders, however he has ignored mounting calls from Washington Republicans involved that if he stays within the race he could not solely lose a seat they had been positive to win but in addition could do important injury to the get together’s model amongst ladies nationwide as they put together for a tough midterm election season.
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Since final week, Moore has been engulfed by accusations of sexual misconduct towards ladies of their teenagers when he was a deputy district legal professional in his 30s. A number of of his accusers have allowed their identities to be made public.
One stated Moore molested her when she was 14. One other stated Moore assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress after he supplied to drive her dwelling. 5 others stated Moore pursued romantic relationships with them once they had been between the ages of 16 and 18.