Alabama Baptists rattled by accusations against Roy Moore

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 08:29:01 AM. Baptist ministers address accusations against Roy Moore.
Roy Moore was not on the official agenda Tuesday as 800 Southern Baptists met at Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville for the annual Alabama Baptist Convention. But many people were talking about Moore, a Southern Baptist, member of Gallant First Baptist Church and U.S. Senate candidate who is the subject of intense national conversation after allegations from five women that he targeted them for romantic and sexual advances when they were teenagers and he was a county prosecutor in his thirties. The latest accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, said Moore sexually assaulted her in his car when she was 16 and a waitress at a Gadsden restaurant. He offered her a ride home, then parked behind the restaurant and locked the door as he groped her "I was terrified," she said. "He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought that he was going to rape me. I was twisting, and I was struggling, and I was begging him to stop." She said he told her, "'You're just a child ... I am the district attorney of Etowah County and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you.' The allegations have rattled pastors attending the Baptist convention. "If he did it, we need to know that," said State Baptist President John Thweatt, pastor of First Baptist Church of Pell City. "We need to condemn it. If he didn't, then we need to know that too. There are probably some people who will believe him no matter what." Thweatt, who has four daughters, said the denomination stands opposed to the...Read more
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