Top evangelical leader tears into Roy Moore’s defenders

Top evangelical leader tears into Roy Moore’s defenders
© Greg Nash

A top evangelical leader is tearing into Roy Moore after multiple women have accused the Republican Alabama Senate candidate of sexual misconduct with teenagers.

Russell Moore, a preacher and president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, took to Twitter on Monday to slam evangelicals who are standing by Moore in spite of the allegations.

His tweets came after a fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, came forward on Monday to accuse Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her in a parking lot when she was 16.

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Russell Moore asks repeatedly questions the strength of a church that does not protect "vulnerable woman and girls."

Four women in a Washington Post report published last week say Roy Moore pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers. 

The report detailed the account of one woman who said she was 14 years old at the time when Moore, then 32, initiated a sexual encounter with her.

Russell Moore also called on evangelical Christians to be the "most dogged opponents of sexual predation and violence in the universe," while pointing to the Bible. 

Roy Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations against him. He faces Democrat Doug Jones in a special election on Dec. 12.