Alabama official cites ‘the parents of Jesus’ to defend Roy Moore’s alleged child abuse
While GOP senators are largely condemning Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore in the wake of allegations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s, one of his colleagues from the state government tried to defend him. Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler didn’t do himself any favors when he called on the scripture to defend Moore from allegedly starting an inappropriate relationship with a teen he approached outside of her parents’ custody hearing.
“There is nothing to see here,” Ziegler told the Washington Examiner. “The allegations are that a man in his early 30s dated teenage girls. Even the Washington Post report says that he never had sexual intercourse with any of the girls and never attempted sexual intercourse.”
The Washington Post did say that Moore touched the 14-year-old sexually, which was still illegal in Alabama both then and now. Ziegler should have quit there, but he then referenced the Bible in order to defend Moore, an alleged sexual predator.
“He’s clean as a hound’s tooth,” Ziegler claimed, before relying on Scripture to defend Moore.
“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 said 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.”
Putting aside the fact that the sexual abuse of girls isn’t “unusual,” but, sadly, quite common, Ziegler’s logic is flawed. Sure, Mary was a teenager when she married Joseph, but the whole “immaculate conception” is based on her not having sex with him prior to becoming pregnant with Jesus. It’s how she got the moniker “the Virgin Mary.”
Plus, with all the stonings, murder, incest, and rape, it’s safe to say that people depicted in the Bible did a lot of fucked up shit that would get you jailed 2,000 years later.