Alabama Church Faces Backlash for Controversial Roy Moore Sign

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December 06, 2017Dec 06, 2017

Fox 23 News reports that an Alabama church is coming under severe fire after posting a photo of a sign onto social media. The sign apparently endorsed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore by claiming that "They falsely accused Jesus! Vote Roy Moore." 

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Fox 23 writes that many on the Living Way Ministries Facebook page have been firing back by way of photo comments, and now the sign has officially been removed. In fact, some are commenting that the church should officially lose their tax-exempt status for posting a political endorsement. Others are criticizing the church for complimenting a candidate after he was accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls.

Marvyn Parkway Baptist Church recently posted on its Facebook page a message that the church's pastor fully supports Judge Roy Moore. The pastor claims that he believes Roy Moore when he asserts that the accusations of sexual assault are not true. 

According to the post, "The pastor of Marvyn Parkway Baptist Church, David Floyd, does indeed support Judge Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate seat up for election. Pastor Floyd has said that he believes Judge Moore when he says the allegations are not true. Pastor Floyd has also said that Judge Moore has a faithful testimony defending the constitution, the unborn, the right to acknowledge God in the public arena, and Biblical marriage all of which are important to the well being of our state and nation."

It continues, "Pastor Floyd has also said that he has been misrepresented by the fake reporting of the Washington Post, while the New York Times reported accurately from their interview." 

The Huffington Post writes that the sign compared Roy Moore, Alabama's controversial Republican Senate candidate, to Jesus Christ. They also claim that the message perhaps violated the Internal Revenue Service rules governing political speech and activity by churches. 

Interestingly, this sign is unlikely to upset conservative voters, especially supporters of Roy Moore who are upset that churches are not more welcome to make their voices heard in the public arena. Indeed, one of the greatest appeals of Roy Moore, in the eyes of his conservative supporters in Alabama, is that he seeks to increase the presence of Christians in the public sphere. 

So who is Roy Moore, the man who will possibly be Alabama's next senator? Moore gained his nickname, "The Ten Commandments Judge," after he refused to take down a hand-carved plaque of the Ten Commandments hanging behind his bench. During this time, he was the Etowah Country circuit court judge.

According to NPR, the American Civil Liberties Union once sued Moore over the plaque and also another issue: Moore's habit of opening sessions with prayer. The ACLU claimed this was unconstitutional, a violation of church and state. Eventually, the case was dismissed, but Moore's profile was escalated. 

After being elected to the Alabama Supreme Court, Moore took his public support of the Ten Commandments even further by designing a two-and-a-half ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments to be placed in front of the court. Of course, a federal lawsuit was filed as a result, and the monument was deemed unconstitutional. But Moore didn't regret his actions and continued to contend that he did not violate his judicial oath. 

"I cannot forsake my conscience. I will not neglect my duty. And I will never, never deny the God upon whom our laws and our country depend," he said, according to NPR.

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