Alabama ministers sign letter calling Roy Moore 'not fit for office'
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A group of Christian ministers have signed a letter calling Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore "not fit for office."
More than 70 Alabama pastors had signed the letter by Friday evening.
"Under ordinary circumstances, we clergy refrain from speaking directly about political candidates, and only speak to issues. But these are not ordinary circumstances," the letter begins.
It goes on to state, "Roy Moore does not speak for Christianity, and he acts in ways that are contrary to our faith."
While the letter references the recent allegations against Moore, it states Moore previously demonstrated he was "not fit for office" and "has done harm to our government; he has done harm to our Christian witness; and he has done harm to vulnerable people."
United Methodist pastor Dr. Dave Barnhart and United Church of Christ pastor Rev. Angie Wright were the first names on the letter.
They said the pastors who have signed did so as individuals and not as representatives of their denominations or churches.
"We are asking people to vote their conscience and not their party. We believe there are many, many Christians in this state who don't believe and don't agree with these extremist positions," Rev. Wright said.
Dr. Barnhart said Moore's political stances and rhetoric make his job harder as a pastor.
"A lot of people don't want to have anything to do with religion because of the way people like Roy Moore portray their faith," Barnhart said.
The signers also included Baptists, Episcopal and Presbyterian pastors.
If you would like to view the letter, you can do so at this link: http://goo.gl/qALAT2
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