Senate candidate Roy Moore’s wife Kayla re-posted a glowing letter of support, signed by 50 pastors, to Facebook on Sunday. Now, some of those pastors want to take back their endorsements following a series of sexual misconduct allegations against Moore.
In the letter, which was penned back in August, Moore is described as “a man who loves God’s Word and knows much of it by heart, a man who cares for the people, a man who understands our Constitution in the tradition of our Founding Fathers, and a man who deeply loves America.”
The letter adds, “It’s no wonder the Washington establishment has declared all-out war on his campaign.”
Five women have accused Moore, 70, of pursuing them while they were teenagers and he was a district attorney in his 30s.
The news broke last Thursday, and on Sunday, Kayla Moore posted the dated letter on Facebook. It was signed by 50 pastors who stated their support for the former judge, calling him an “immovable rock in the culture wars.”
The letter actually came from Moore’s August primary, but it had been changed to remove references to that fact, according to AL.com. The seemingly deceptive move prompted several outraged pastors to demand that their names be removed.
“The list that has recently circulated was evidently copied and pasted from the August endorsements without checking to see if I still endorsed Moore,” Thad Endicott, of the Heritage Baptist Church in Opelika, told the website, adding he has asked that his name be taken down.
Tijuanna Adetunji, of the Fresh Anointing House of Worship in Montgomery, said she was never asked whether she still supported Moore; and Dr. George Grant, of Parish Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, told AL.com he has not had contact with Moore in more than a decade and was never asked to sign the original letter, let alone the recently edited version.
All three names remained on Kayla’s posting as of Wednesday morning.
The original letter, still hosted on Moore’s campaign site, includes a few more paragraphs near the top, as well as references to the Aug. 15 primary.