Our nation, once again, has been caught in the middle of a political divide amid the Roy Moore controversy. The Republican Senate nominee for Alabama is currently facing several sexual misconduct allegations that reportedly occurred in Moore’s earlier years with teenaged girls—he has denied all allegations.
Democrats are, of course, insisting the Moore step down, despite the lack of evidence against Moore. On the other hand, many Republicans have come to his defense, or at the very least, encouraged people to give him the benefit of the doubt until the accusations have been proven.
Franklin Graham, son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham, was one well-known Christian name to comment on the Moore incident. Graham previously called out hypocritical politicians for “denouncing Roy Moore when they are guilty of doing much worse” than what the accusations against Moore claim.
In response, journalist John Boyle of the Citizen-Times wrote an opinion piece, slamming Graham and other evangelists. Ultimately, Boyle claimed that conservative Christians, including Graham, are losing their credibility because of their opinions in these types of situations.
Boyle wrote, “Some evangelicals even view Trump as ordained by God to save our country — you know, to take it back again. Franklin Graham, who's been an ardent Trump supporter, is just the latest evangelical to openly support Roy Moore,” he continued, mentioning Graham’s response and calling it “ironic.”
Additionally, Boyle mocked Christianity, referencing to Jesus several times in a scornful manner. This also comes shortly after 50 pastors signed a letter supporting Moore.
He added sarcastically, “I guess it's deeply Christian to just assume Moore's many accusers are all lying, while casting aspersions on others' reputations. It's easy to blame hypocrisy and human nature for evangelicals turning a blind eye to seeming illegality and obvious indecency.
"But I think it's more than that. Evangelicals feel like outsiders in America, besieged by a country that they think has become too liberal, too agnostic and too mocha colored.
“I think what really drives evangelicals is not any genuine sense of morality or piety or following the teachings of Christ, but rather political pragmatism.”
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