Conservative evangelicals are very adept at using scripture to avoid taking personal responsibility for the mistakes, behaviors or shortcomings. But, even for them, attempting to use 2,000-year-old biblical customs to justify pedophilia is pushing the envelope.
In Moore’s defense, the Alabama State Auditor, Jim Ziegler, justified Moore’s actions by pointing out the age discrepancy between Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her husband Joseph, saying:
“Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager, and Joseph was an adult carpenter,” said Jim Ziegler.
There’s so much wrong with that statement it’s hard to know where to begin. Comparing 2,000-year-old marriage customs with modern day molestation is the epitome of cognitive dissonance. Going back to a time when women were considered property and betrothed early is entirely different from modern-day marriage and has no relationship at all to inappropriate sexual contact with a minor.
Rev. Amy Butler, senior minister of the Riverside Church, in New York City sums it up like this: “It’s completely ludicrous to equate the sex assault of a minor with an ancient culture. It’s ludicrous.”
It is ludicrous.
For Christians, by and large, the Virgin birth of Jesus is considered a miracle. That’s why it only happens once in the bible. There’s nothing “miraculous” about taking advantage of a minor. Especially not three times with three different minors.
But the Alabama Republican insisted:
“There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”
Wrong Mr. Ziegler. Statutory rape is illegal. Seeking out underage girls for adult activity is indeed immoral. And evangelicals wonder why church membership is declining. Look in the mirror.
It seems that this Republican leader is willing to excuse anything to stay in power.