Roy Moore attends, briefly speaks at African American church in Birmingham

Updated: Dec. 3, 2017 at 8:12 PM CST
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Source: WBRC
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, his wife and some campaign staff attended the predominately African American Guiding Light Church in Birmingham Sunday, speaking briefly and staying for the entire worship service.

Invited by Bishop Jim Lowe, who said other candidates have been invited to the church in the past, Moore spoke briefly before the sermon.

"I can't talk about politics or anything. I appreciate your support," Moore said.

The candidate then recited a poem he had written that contained a Christmas theme and message to help those in need.

During the service, Bishop Lowe referred to Moore as "this man," during a sermon that included a theme of Christians carrying their own cross.

Lowe referenced Moore's legal battle to keep a Ten Commandments monument in the state judiciary building in 2003.

"The law said he should remove them. He said, 'no, this is the word of God.' He wouldn't support same-sex marriage. The law says support it. He said, 'but the law of God is supreme.' He's on a cross. He's being crucified now," Lowe said.

After the service, Moore greeted churchgoers in the sanctuary.

He briefly responded to a question as he left the church about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who earlier in the day told CBS' Face the Nation, "in the end, the voters of Alabama will make their choice."

"He has to," Moore said concerning McConnell's comments. "The people in Alabama will decide."

McConnell has been a critic of Moore, previously urging him to leave the race.

Moore declined to respond to any other questions.

The special election for Alabama's Senate seat takes place December 12th.

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