Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore speaks to the media during a press conference, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala. The chief justice continues to fight against gay marriage in Alabama. Moore has been suspended from office after the Judicial Inquiry Commission accused him of violating the canons of judicial ethics with his actions during the fight over same-sex marriage. Moore will attend a hearing Monday that will determine the course of the judicial ethics case against the suspended Alabama Chief Justice. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Roy Moore; Allegations and Duke Lacrosse

It is dangerous to wade into a hot-button breaking news issue that is less than 24 hours old. Far too often, additional information comes to light which either renders the article meaningless or worse; totally erroneous.

This breaking news about Judge Roy Moore is a bit different, this claim of sexual molestation is either true or it’s not. The Washington Post has additional information it plans on rolling out over the next few days, or it hopes this article will open the door to other women coming forward with additional claims of sexual assault. The other possibility is there are no additional claims against the judge; rendering this an isolated claim from 1979.

The last possibility is this alleged crime never occurred. This is Judge Moore’s position on the matter:

In a written statement, Moore denied the allegations.“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore, now 70, said. The campaign said in a subsequent statement that if the allegations were true they would have surfaced during his previous campaigns, adding “this garbage is the very definition of fake news.”

The near unanimous reply from the courageous Republican senators in DC is a qualified “if true” position:

A growing chorus of Republicans, including President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have called on Senate candidate Roy Moore to withdraw from a special election in Alabama if allegations prove true that the former judge initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl nearly four decades ago.

These men know what I know, there is almost zero chance of solid proof appearing which would substantiate this claim. What they are really saying, is if any other women come forward and this turns into an avalanche of sexual molestation claims, we’re on record calling for his removal. Brave men, one and all.

I am not in a postion to offer an opinion of guilt or innocence; however, three observations come to mind immediately.

The first being most men who sexually molest children are repeat offenders. Studies have proven this to be true, similar criminal activity such as the Roman Catholic Church, and Jerry Sandusky have shown a pattern of repeat offenses and the fact that these offenders are monitored post incarceration prove recidivism is a major problem. While a one-time event is a distinct possibility, if the claim is true, it wouldn’t be surprising to soon hear of other young girls being molested. Thus far, the Washington Post has offered a single alleged event. Time will tell if this claim is supported by other women coming forward.

Second, the rape allegations and subsequent prosecution of members of the Duke Lacrosse team comes to mind. Remember the massive uproar which built so rapidly once that story broke? Those young men were almost universally judged to be guilty by everyone. Many in the media immediately piled on with stories and opinion pieces slants decidedly toward the pro-prosecution viewpoint. The story and resulting indictments were written so very convincingly, it was nigh unto impossible not to believe these young men were guilty.

Over time and with considerable effort, those three Duke lacrosse players were proven to be unequivocally innocent. The accusation was a complete fabrication. This was such a debacle, the District Attorney was later disbarred for some of his questionable decisions and actions as lead prosecutor. Rolling Stone Magazine literally paid a high price for their journalistic contributions.

I’m neither defending the judge, or condemning him. I do believe a prudent position, particularly for an Alabama voter, would be patience. If Judge Moore is guilty of sexual molestation, the chances of additional victims coming forward is very possible. I would also keep the Duke lacrosse case in mind. While the story can appear compelling, that case did as well.

Lastly, I would consider the past 35 years. Has the Judge lived an exemplary life for the past few decades?  Are there any allegations of sexual crime that are more recent? If not, then the question is Judge Moore the 32 year old man of which an unsubstantiated sexual molestation claim has been made? Or is he a man that is 70 with over 35 years of  unblemished public service, and proven devotion to his family and faith in his Creator and Savior. While the liberal community might not understand sanctification, Christians do understand the life long road of personal spiritual growth and sanctification, and both value and cherish it.

I’m inclined to take Sen. McConnell at his word, or the flip side of it anyway. If these allegations aren’t proven true, then Judge Moore has every right to continue soldiering on toward the election. Then, the voters will be the final judge come December 12. Neither the press or other politicians should usurp their rights.

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Wm. P. Fitzhenry

5th generation Texan, 2nd generation reformed Presbyterian, a twin and a serial entrepreneur.

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