The Church of Satan has latched on to the controversial sexual misconduct allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, as the group told the public that its institution forbids child sex abuse while "Christians love pedophilia."
In a statement to Newsweek, Church of Satan leader Rev. Raul Antony said many Christians try to use the Bible to justify the sexual misconduct allegations against Moore. Their members, on the other hand, reportedly adhere to The Satanic Bible's teachings against child abuse.
"Many of the people coming to the defense of Moore [will] decry the horrors of moral relativism but then equivocate when one of their own is cruising shopping malls for underage prey," Rev. Antony told the publication. "Many of the comments we see from Christians even take the allegations as a given and excuse his behavior through the teachings of the Bible."
Some activists have also called out the beliefs of fundamental Christians and said these supported child sex abuse. Howevever, Evangelical Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president Russell Moore said churches that worship Jesus have no place for sexual misconduct.
Meanwhile, the Independent explored the reasons why many evangelicals still supported Moore despite the sexual misconduct accusations that have surfaced against him. Some of them believe that America has veered away from God and that the Alabama Republican is the person that can bring the country back to the Lord.
A survey by JMC Analytics show that 29 percent of Alabama voters would "more likely" vote for Moore because of the allegations, 38 percent said the accusations would make them "less likely" to choose him, and 33 percent said it would not affect their decision. It is worth noting that 58 percent of the respondents in the poll identified as evangelical Christians.
Moore has since denied the allegations against him. He said the stories were part of the Democrats' political hit to derail his campaign and vowed to sue the newspaper which ran the stories of his accusers.