For anyone that has followed the sexual assault allegations against the many, many men lately, it feels overwhelming. It has made me wonder how many remain in the shadows because they do not hold a title like Producer or Senator or Director. And while all the stories against these men are equally disturbing, there is one particular man who stands out among the rest. That man is Roy Moore. Let me tell you why.
Roy Moore has sold himself as the Christian who is committed to his lovely wife. He has risen on the ultra-conservative platform that is, really, all things anti — abortion, LGBTQ initiatives, gun reform — and, my favorite, he is the President of the Foundation for Moral Law. I don’t quite get what that means, but I’m not here to argue the subjective terms of his moral law. What I do want to get at are the sexual assault claims that have recently surfaced, and the hyper-religious narrative he is spinning:
“The forces of evil will lie, cheat, steal — even inflict physical harm — if they believe it will silence and shut up Christian conservatives like you and me,” Moore wrote. “I believe you and I have a duty to stand up and fight back against the forces of evil waging an all-out war on our conservative values!”
Nothing makes me put fingers to keyboard faster than injustice, especially an injustice that is a disservice to the Church body. What is incredible about Moore’s position is his ability to convince a group of followers — even those who say they follow Christ — that the sexual assault allegations against him are just a game the devil is playing. As if the victims of his crimes are the devil’s minions, thus turning them into some sort of biblical terminology — “enemies” — making them the “forces of evil” working against him.
What I feel cannot be said enough is the damage that is done when someone claims shelter under the name of Christ in order to protect self and to do harm to others. This can be done in a myriad of ways, of course. What Moore is showing us, however, is how to lean in and ride the coattails of a President whose own sexual assault allegations were dismissed. And that’s done by playing the Evangelical Card. When this particular card is played, it seems as if Christian’s lose their ability to discern truth. Our proof to this equation is found in the President and the evangelical support that put him there.
So, let me put it bluntly and matter-of-factly:
Roy Moore is a politician who has gained notoriety in practicing the very evils he claims to be against. Moore revels in playing the Evangelical Card, as this move is the most distracting play of all: once down, question of character dissipates. As if politicians who identify as Christian seem to have no moral failings. To offer a fair warning to all: any human who portrays a life built on moral superiority, and lacks the ability to be self-aware, will inevitably always have a closet full of skeletons. Moreover, despite public backlash and humiliation, those who continue to stand in their superiority become experts in gas-lighting individuals and victims to believe they are at fault for the vices of the individual.
To Roy Moore: you, your victims and the Lord know where the truth lies. I want you to know and be reminded that purity — a do-no-harm, neighbor-before-self attitude — of heart, mind, soul and body are what the Cosmic Christ calls us to. I do not know if victory or defeat lies ahead for you. I do know that those of us who care to offer compassion and validation to victims of sexual assault will be in the business of restoration and reconciliation on behalf of the Church.
We must all answer to the actions that follow us. When you open the door, the unfortunate evil you will find standing before you may emit surprise: yourself.