Pastor says Roy Moore pursued young girls for their ‘purity’

Religious leaders standing up for accused child molester Roy Moore can’t seem to decide whether or not they believe Moore is a child molester. While some preachers have taken the Senate candidate’s denials at face value, others have submitted defenses of Moore’s alleged history of abuse, just in case all that reporting isn’t fake news. Pastor Flip Benham, who recently appeared at a Moore campaign event, said on Monday that the the pursuit of minors is actually evidence of virtue.

The comments came in an interview on a radio station in Birmingham, Alabama. Benhem, a prominent anti-abortion activist from North Carolina, argued that Moore had no choice but to lurk on teenagers because when he returned from Vietnam, all the women of legal age were taken.

“Judge Roy Moore graduated from West Point and then went on into the service, served in Vietnam and then came back and was in law school,” Benhem said. “All of the ladies, or many of the ladies that he possibly could have married were not available then, they were already married, maybe, somewhere. So he looked in a different direction.”

Perhaps realizing that an inability to court single women isn’t a defense for pedophilia, Benhem continued by explaining that chasing minors wasn’t just necessary for a veteran with no game, but in fact evidence that Moore’s heart was in the right place.

“He did that because there is something about a purity of a young woman,” Benhem said. “There is something that is good, that’s true, that’s straight and he looked for that.”

This Puritan belief comes from the same demented perspective that sex is sin, therefore it was moral for Moore to creep around malls and high schools in search of young girls not yet corrupted by the world. Alas, even Benhem admitted there are limits to this type of thinking. After he demanded that the radio hosts admit it’s okay for an adult to date a 14-year-old with their parents’ permission, one host responded by asking Benhem whether he thinks parental consent justifies an adult man dating someone even younger, say, a 10-year-old.

“I don’t think that that would happen,” Benhem said, criticizing the question as “another logical fallacy.”

You can listen to the full interview below.

[Right Wing Watch | photo: Getty]

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