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Alabama Church Sign Compares Roy Moore To Jesus

| by Jordan Smith

An Alabama church has come in for criticism after displaying a sign in support of Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

"They falsely accused Jesus! Vote Roy Moore," the sign at the Living Way Ministries church in Opelika read, according to HuffPost.

​On Dec. 4, someone at the church explained that several people have keys to access the building, WHNT reports. The person added that the pastor was not the one who posted the political message.

Church officials stated that the phone has been ringing off the hook since a picture of the sign was posted online.

The pastor reportedly requested the sign be taken down after two days.

In addition to receiving threats, the church is facing questions from some as to whether it should retain its tax free status.

According to IRS rules, organizations under the 501(A) and 501(C)(3) provision are prohibited from engaging in political campaigns. Organizations with a 501(C)(3) status are permitted to organize candidate forums, where all candidates are in attendance, and voter education initiatives.

"Next up, you need to start paying taxes on your income," wrote one Facebook user on the church's page, according to HuffPost.

"It is blasphemous for a group claiming to follow Christ to support a pedophile who preys on young girls," added another.

At least eight women have accused Moore of sexual harassment and assault. Some said they were teenagers when he pursued them when he was in his 30s.

Moore, who is running against Democratic candidate Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 election, has denied all of the allegations against him, calling the women liars.

President Donald Trump endorsed Moore on Dec. 4.

Speaking to CNN on Dec. 6, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Trump, saying he has "tremendous moral standards," according to the New York Post.

"The president himself came out and said he doesn't want a liberal in the Senate," added Conway. "He wants a reliable vote for taxes, for life."

Asked by CNN host Chris Cuomo whether this meant Trump would prefer an accused child molester to a Democrat, Conway answered by saying Moore has denied the allegations. She added that the alleged incidents are 40 years old.

Alisha Maddalena, vice president of the Alabama chapter of Bikers for Trump, agreed.

"Why would [Moore's accusers] allow him to sit in public office passing judgment on people for 40 years if he had done any of these things? Why wait 40 years to bring it up?" she questioned, according to The Washington Post.

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