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‘Take the Bible…’: And thus began the worst defense of Roy Moore

Posted on November 10th, 2017 at 8:33 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Roy Moore’s Senate campaign was jolted by an allegation Thursday that he initiated sexual touching with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.

Moore (R) has denied the allegations. Alabama state Auditor Jim Zeigler (R), though, is taking it a step further. In some rather remarkable and often nonsensical comments, the Moore supporter’s argument isn’t that Moore didn’t do these things, but that even the conduct described in The Washington Post’s report is a-okay with both him and the law.


And finally, the piece de resistance:

“Take the Bible — Zachariah and Elizabeth, for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,” Ziegler says, choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”

“There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here,” Ziegler concluded. “Maybe just a little bit unusual.”

First, there are issues with Zeigler’s Bible references. Both Zachariah and Elizabeth were elderly when John the Baptist was born; it wasn’t that she was young and Zachariah was “extremely old.”

Second, comparing modern age-of-consent laws to biblical times seems to be a slippery slope. Many things from 2,000 years ago don’t apply today. Girls were often betrothed early in their teenage years, for example.

And third, there is something called the virgin birth. Here is the definition of virgin.

So treason is okay. Sexual assault is okay. Corruption and abuse of power are okay. Telling an average of 5 unique lies a day is okay. Incompetence and negligence are okay. And now pedophilia is okay.

But if some motherfucker puts dijon mustard on their burger…

  1. The only motive I can think up that would make people vote for the such unsuitable candidates is that they want to wreck their own polity.

    Reminds me of the joke I told before:

    Father Patrick was walking down a poor street in his parish, when he spotted a 12-year old member of his congregation knocking on the door of a house of ill-repute.

    “Johnny! What are you doing at that door! Do you know who lives there?”

    “Yes, Father. A prostitute. It’s what I want.”

    “What! Don’t you know that fornication is a sin? Your immortal soul is at risk!”

    “Yes, Father. It’s what I want.”

    “But Johnny, think of the consequences! You’ll get the clap!”

    “Yes, Father. It’s what I want.”

    “Johnny O’Reilly! You’re the son of a wealthy family. You can’t expect me to believe that you want the clap! What are you doing this for?”

    “If I get the clap, the maid will get the clap. If the maid gets the clap, my father will get the clap. If my father gets the clap, my mother will get the clap. If my mother gets the clap, the gardener will get the clap.
    “And he’s the bastard I want. He killed my stick insect!”

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