Monday, November 13, 2017

New Accuser Comes Forward to Say Roy Moore Assaulted Her When She Was a Teen, 53 Pastors Sign Letter Supporting Moore

The stories keep coming along, and I think it's important to keep blogging about them:

Antonia Blumberg:

"For decades, Roy Moore has been an immovable rock in the culture wars ― a bold defender of the 'little guy,' a just judge to those who came before his court, a warrior for the unborn child, defender of the sanctity of marriage, and a champion for religious liberty," the pastors wrote. 

Yesterday I wrote that Roy Moore’s behavior was in keeping with hardcore conservative evangelical culture of sanctioned patriarchal sexual abuse. I have also stated that the release of the Access Hollywood tape almost certainly actually helped Trump with some evangelicals because, despite being a philandering adulterer, Trump established a more fundamental cultural rapport with their moral value system. I have similarly pointed that that the abuses of the Harvey Weinsteins of the world, far from being the product of liberal sexual revolution, are the product of patriarchy and capitalism, and that conservative religious orthodoxy tends to amplify rather than curtail the abuse. 
These are admittedly controversial positions. But they’re also hard to refute after today's polling shows that 37% of Alabama evangelicals are actually more likely to vote for Roy Moore after hearing the allegations against him, and 34 percent said it would make no difference . . . . 
These numbers cannot be attributed to pure political tribalism. It is quite simply a culture of abuse.

Worshipping violence and demeaning women is what got us here. 

Amy Goodman and Dennis Moynihan citing Everytown for Gun Safety: 

Women in the U.S. are 16 times more likely to be killed with a gun than women in other high-income countries, making this country the most dangerous in the developed world when it comes to gun violence against women. Every year American women suffer from 5.3 million incidents of intimate partner violence.

Three women—three women a day are killed in the United States by intimate partners.

By the way, Beverly Young Nelson, the woman featured in the two clips at the head of the posting, who came forward today to tell her story of being sexually assaulted by Roy Moore when she was sixteen years old, voted for Donald Trump and staunchly denies that she is part of a political vendetta against Roy Moore.  

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