Well, the dark stuff has hit another fan, this one aimed at Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore. And the resulting slime is causing a lot of confusion and slip-sliding on the road to a very important election for both Alabama and our nation.
Here are a few of my thoughts on the matter.
First, Moore’s comments two days ago bear careful consideration.
“Now I want to address something that some people have come here to hear about,” Moore said at a local campaign event. “Shortly after becoming the Republican nominee for the United States Senate, the Washington Post began an attack on the Foundation for Moral Law, on my wife, and on me. For weeks, we read about my salary which they distorted, about taxes where they said we were paid money we never got. But we endured that.”
“Later, they came out and endorsed my opponent in this race,” he continued. “Just two days ago, the Washington Post published yet another attack on my character and reputation in a desperate attempt to stop my political campaign for the United States Senate. These attacks about a minor are completely false and untrue about something that happened nearly 40 years ago. But more than being completely false and untrue, they are very hurtful to me personally.”
“I wanted to make it clear to the media present and the people present, I have not provided alcoholic beverages—beer or anything else—to a minor. I have not been guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone,” he declared. “These allegations came only four and a half weeks before the general election on Dec. 12. Why now?”
“For forty years I have been closely scrutinized in the press and the public media. I have had investigations by the attorney general, I’ve had investigations by the judicial inquiry commission on more than one occasion, I’ve had investigations by the court of the judiciary, I’ve been in five statewide campaigns in which they do opposition research—they do investigations, as you can see in every one I’ve ever run—and three county elections and two major controversies over religious liberty and the Ten Commandments and same-sex marriage,” he continued. “I’ve been investigated more than any other person in this country. That grown women would wait forty years to come right before an election to bring charges is absolutely unbelievable.”
Moore’s argument here resonates with me. I got to know him a little when I produced a video on his bold stand for the Ten Commandments 23 years ago. The charges sounded nothing like the man I met and very much like the type of thing his enemies would throw at him.
When the news first broke, I called three trusted friends who know the judge well. All are God-fearing men who would never serve as mouthpieces for anyone or anything other than Christ and his Kingdom. And each of them vigorously stated the same thing: the charges are ridiculous, Moore is innocent, and because he’s now near the top of the secularist establishment’s hit list, anything and everything will be done to take him out.
And yet, the seed of doubt remains. Moore admits to dating teenage girls over the state age of consent when he was in his early 30’s. Nothing illegal or necessarily immoral about that. But for most people it does elicit a 2, 3 or even higher number on the creep-factor Richter scale. (This fact would lie like a landing fish on a Dems-dirty tricks strategy table, particularly with the all the blood in the water right now as concerns sexual abuse.) Four girls chorusing the same theme… that doesn’t look good when set against the popular, though imperfect, axiom concerning “smoke” and “fire.” But then again, three of them were of legal age and have alleged nothing more than kissing. And the one who claims to have been fourteen at the time… well, there are several red flags concerning her testimony. (For one, according to her mother there was no phone in the alleged victim’s bedroom. So her recollection that Moore called her to set-up a secret date on her private bedroom phone doesn’t stack up. We also now know that she didn’t come forward on her own: WaPo heard something, went looking for her and had to convince her to testify.)
But still, I don’t want to dump on her, her personal issues or her testimony—if there is even a chance that she could have been a victim. And I would have to be naive or agenda-driven to insist there isn’t.
Having come to some understanding of the fallen human condition over my 63 years, I wouldn’t put it past anybody but Jesus to have committed an act that would derail a candidacy for pubic office if it was brought to light.
So what to do?
1. If I was an Alabama voter, I would take all of this with a grain of salt, fall back on the principle of innocent until proven guilty and then erase this controversy from my list of considerations when deciding who to vote for on December 12. If some new, concrete evidence emerges as the day approaches, I would consider it as it happens.
And let me be clear: if it turns out that Moore is guilty and chose to lie about it to the people of Alabama and America—including good friends like Janet Porter who are risking their own reputations defending his honor—then he is unfit to be a senator. And the knife of abuse he pushed into the souls of any woman he victimized is being twisted yet again.
I would also remain acutely mindful of both the character and the ideological agenda of those who are trumpeting these accusations as well as the stakes involved in this election at this critical juncture in our nation’s history.
2. I would pray for Roy Moore, for vindication if this is a smear campaign and for the truth to come to light if it is not. Further, if I was an Alabamian, I would inform him of my position relative to this controversy (see #1). And I would also rejoice with him as a fellow Christian that we serve a great God who in time vindicates the righteous and those unfairly accused while also judging those who suppress the truth and the cause of those who have been oppressed or abused.
I would then add the following loving exhortation: “Judge Moore, ‘to whom much is given, much more is required.’” (Luke 12:48) Echoing that verse: ‘‘Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.’ (James 3:1) As both a judge and now a potential United States Senator, I don’t have to tell you that truth-telling lies at the very foundation of your calling. And this is all the more true in your most important role as an ambassador of Christ and His Kingdom. In that light, I trust you will be completely honest as regards these recent accusations. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world—and even a senate seat—but in the end loses his own soul? Given what I presently know about this situation, I will take you at your word. You have my prayers and support and as well as my trust that you will be deserving of them.”
3. Lastly, let’s pause to reflect at the treachery and hypocrisy of the establishment arms of the media, entertainment industry and political cartels. Most of them coughed, uttered a few tut-tuts and then looked the other way when senator and wannabe president Ted Kennedy serially committed adultery as well as abandoned a young co-worker to drown under a bridge. The majority gave President Clinton a pass for alleged rape and repeated acts of adultery, including an episode in the Oval Office with a much younger subordinate.
And I could go on.
But then they pull out all the stops in an attempt to derail Moore’s candidacy over allegations less egregious that also occurred thirty-eight years ago.
As a Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter just told me over the phone: “If WaPo or any other member of the media establishment learned that Moore’s Democratic opponent was a closeted gay man who sexually abused a 14-year-old boy three decades ago, I guarantee you wouldn’t hear a peep about it.”
Amid all the allegations of sexual abuse roiling that waters of our sin-sick culture, allow me to point out another form of abuse that is every bit as serious: we have taken the experiment in Christian liberty that formed—however imperfectly—this nation and are now beating it to a bloody pulp.
Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter. Isaiah 59:14