This past weekend, I spoke or messaged with more than a dozen people—including a major political figure in the state—who told me that they had heard, over the years, that Moore had been banned from the mall because he repeatedly badgered teen-age girls. Some say that they heard this at the time, others in the years since. These people include five members of the local legal community, two cops who worked in the town, several people who hung out at the mall in the early eighties, and a number of former mall employees. (A request for comment from the Moore campaign was not answered.) Several of them asked that I leave their names out of this piece. The stories that they say they’ve heard for years have been swirling online in the days since the Post published its report. “Sources tell me Moore was actually banned from the Gadsden Mall and the YMCA for his inappropriate behavior of soliciting sex from young girls,” the independent Alabama journalist Glynn Wilson wrote on his Web site on Sunday. (Wilson declined to divulge his sources.) Teresa Jones, a deputy district attorney for Etowah County in the early eighties, told CNN last week that “it was common knowledge that Roy dated high-school girls.” Jones told me that she couldn’t confirm the alleged mall banning, but said, “It’s a rumor I’ve heard for years.”
No shade on Alabama but...
No you know what? Fuck that. The fact that this sort of thing was A-OK in Alabama and only became a problem when the chucklefuck sought federal office is a goddamn black eye that fuckin' Alabama deserves.
Alabama deserves the shit they're getting for this.
My family has friends who know Roy Moore personally.
Their Facebook profiles feature poorly cropped "I stand with Judge Roy Moore" photos.
They say things like,
"Accusations are not proof. Otherwise, Jesus was a criminal because He was accused of being one. "A wicked ear gives heed to lying lips.'" That's a quote from Proverbs 17:4 for those of us who don't have bespoke scripture references to justify burying our fucking heads in the sand.
They say things like,
"Being anxious to find fault in a man who stands for biblical principle & believing salacious allegations about him is creepy to me." As if distrusting this religiously pathological pseudo-politician is somehow creepier than allegedly molesting girls.
The South is fucked. The Republicans fucked it. And they're all so piously self-deluded that they'll elect an averred ephebophile, an alleged pedophile because they just really can't be fucked enough to see any better option.