Back in 2017, Roy Moore appeared to be well on his way to being effectively coroneted as the next Senator from Alabama. But that script changed with credible reports that Moore had molested teenage girls and had few qualms about pursuing of girls young enough to be his daughter. In most of the country, even in rock-ribbed Republican areas, this would have spelled finis to Moore’s pursuit of a Senate seat.
However, by dishing out a steady diet of red meat about his Democratic challenger, Doug Jones, being a baby-killing librul, as well as wailing that he was the victim of “FAKE NEWS!”, Moore was able to stay in the race. He ultimately lost to Jones by the slimmest of margins–21,900 votes, just a hair above the threshold for a recount.
To this day, Moore’s supporters have claimed that Moore was the victim of a politically motivated witch hunt aimed at destroying a good man with solid conservative values. But one of his defenders made an argument that may be the most bizarre to date. He claims that it’s not really fair to smear Moore because–wait for it–Jesus himself was conceived by a teenager.
Bishop E. W. Jackson is one of the loudest and most obnoxious members of a very exclusive club–black conservatives who are all-in for Trump. This is a man who claims that Ilhan Omar wasn’t really elected by Americans–even though she represents a Minneapolis-based district that is over 67 percent white.
But to hear Jackson talk, we have no right to call him out on this or any other pigweed he spews–because he’s doing so as a minister. He tried that line when he ran for lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2013. It didn’t work; he had his head handed to him by now-governor Ralph Northam.
With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that Jackson has willingly joined the crowd of those wanting those big, bad libruls to leave Moore alone. On Wednesday, he tried to warn us against ganging up on Moore during a segment of “The Awakening,” his morning show on Urban Family Talk, a subsidiary of American Family Radio that caters to black conservatives. But his explanation was, shall we say, novel. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Jackson reminded the audience that Jones is only in the Senate because of “vicious attacks” on Moore. He claimed that Democrats were making a big fuss out of nothing. He turned his attention to one incident in particular, in which Moore was banned from a shopping mall in his hometown of Gadsden for his repeated pursuit and harassment of teenage girls. Watch more details from “Inside Edition” here.
To Jackson, though, it wasn’t really a big deal. Moore’s pursuit of women, as he saw it, was nothing more than a case of a man who had just been discharged from the military “and is looking to date, is looking to get married and nothing untoward, that we’ve heard; parents fully involved.”
But that’s not what one of Moore’s targets, Becky Gray, told ABC News in 2017. Gray claimed that when she was 16, Moore made repeated advances toward her while she was working at a department store in the mall. She’d finally had enough, and complained to her manager. Soon afterward, Gray said her manager had told her that Moore had been permanently banned from the mall.
Had Jackson done a simple Google search, Gray’s story would have demolished his argument. But then again, based on what he said next, it’s not likely that would have deterred him from defending Moore’s pursuit of teenage girls. He claimed that it shouldn’t have been an issue because of how young Mary was when she conceived Jesus.
These things shift and change culturally. Because Mary, based upon our best guesses–given the age at which young girls would marry during that time and become betrothed–Mary was probably somewhere between the age of 15 and 17 years old. Somewhere in there. But, of course, she was a very spiritually mature woman, young lady, who was used mightily by God. So this man comes home and he dates girls and some of them are young. Yes, some of them are young. But suddenly, they want to turn him into a pedophile.
Um, E. W.? You just torpedoed your entire case when you said that “things shift and change culturally.” Remember, back in that era, women were essentially given away to prospective husbands–and had no say in the matter. Moreover, since Mary’s time, we have learned that if girls as old as 15 carry pregnancies to term, they risk serious complications, and girls younger than 13 risk dying on the operating table.
Jackson pastors Exodus Faith Ministries in Chesapeake, Virginia. One has to wonder–if one of the teenage girls in his flock claims to have been the target of harassment or improper pursuit by a man, does he tell her that he could be another Mary? It says a lot that we even have to ask that question.
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