Religious leaders gathered for a rally in Birmingham, Alabama, on Nov. 18 to speak out against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct toward teenage girls decades ago.
On Saturday, Rev. William J. Barber headed a demonstration against Moore at a local church, where he and other speakers slammed the embattled candidate over the sexual misconduct allegations against him. More than 100 people participated in the rally, The Associated Press detailed.
Aside from that, the speakers during the rally talked about Moore's stance against gay rights. They also criticized him for his opposition to public school funding, federal health care, and other issues.
The day before the rally, Moore's wife Kayla gathered two dozen women to defend her husband against the sexual misconduct accusations. Meanwhile, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said her vote would still go to Moore for Congress even though the accusations worried her, but other Republican female voters have withdrawn their support for him.
Still, Christian conservatives in Alabama have not waned in their support for Moore despite the accusations. While many are baffled with this show of support, these Christians believe Moore's denial of the allegations and see the embattled judge as God's servant in politics, the Chicago Tribune reported.
"He has staunchly defended the Constitution of the United States, he has stood for the word of God ... he is against the murder of the unborn by abortion. He is for the defunding of Planned Parenthood," said Pastor Mike Allison of Moore during a recent rally at a church.
In addition, Pastor Allison praised Moore for standing up against the changing of the traditional definition of marriage.
The Alabama GOP has also maintained their support for Moore. A relative of one of his accusers has also publicly expressed his support for the former judge because of his efforts to keep the Ten Commandments in the courthouse.