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Posted: Thursday, December 7, 2017 2:33 pm

Next Tuesday the devil's work will be done: a child molester will be elected to the US Senate. Even amidst the shock, disgust and public anger, many Republicans in Alabama don't really seem to care whether he’s a pervert who preyed on teenage girls or not. They’ll support him either way — simply because he is not a Democrat. What does this say about our society, and to our young? 

A series of women have come forward saying a man in his thirties pursued sexual relations with them when they were teenagers. One of them was 14 at the time. The woman who made the most serious allegations against him voted for Trump in 2016.  Their stories regarding times, dates and places are well-validated by a number of witnesses who say they were aware of these incidents at the time.

One of the women, who was 16 at the time, produced her high school yearbook, which the man signed with a cringe-inducing inscription saying how beautiful she is before signing it, "Love, Roy Moore.”

Now you know his name. That same day in 1977, he offered her a ride home and tried to rape her. Now the accused pedophile — he still calls himself Judge Roy Moore, though he was removed from his Alabama Supreme Court seat twice for ethical violations — will be the next senator of Alabama.

I know what you’re thinking. "Why did they wait until now to come forward?"

First, these women didn't seek out the press; investigators reached out to them.

Second, Moore was a high-powered attorney and judge. Think about it how difficult it would have been 38 years ago for a 14-year-old girl to come forth with a claim that a powerful judge tried to rape her. 

Third, in our current Harvey Weinstein atmosphere, the sudden torrent of accusations of scores of men has made it easier to come forward than it did 30, 20, even 10 years ago. Did the victims of abuse from Catholic priests come out immediately? No.

And fourth — and most tragically — some of these girls were conditioned to think that they, not the respected adult attorney molesting them, were the ones who did something bad. One accuser said she did not come forward earlier because of the trouble in her life it caused. She had three divorces and financial problems. It's a sad and terrible truth that childhood abuse can have catastrophic effects on young lives — effects that last for years. 

Top Republican leaders have strongly spoken out against Moore. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified that he has "no reason to doubt these young women."

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said, "These accusations are credible" before going on to say "it’s a disgrace" and that "this is not a question of innocence or guilt like a criminal proceeding; it's a question of what's right and wrong. Acknowledging you're dating teenagers when you are a 32-year-old assistant state attorney is just plain wrong."

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "I believe the women."

Other Republicans have said they find the accusations more believable than Moore’s denials.  Republican Committee Chairman Sen. Cory Gardner said “if Moore wins, the Senate should vote to expel him.”

Despite the fact that Republicans run opposite of my political beliefs, I truly admire their sense of decency on this.

But let's go to the only major news outlet right-wing Republicans trust. In a bizarre radio interview with the God-king of Fox News, Sean Hannity, Moore denied the accusations … sort of. He told Hannity that he "generally" did not remember dating teens when he was thirty-something.

In one response he said “I don’t remember going on dates, I knew her as a friend, if we did go out on dates, then we did.”

He also said “I do recognize the names of two of these young women.”

And then there was this bizarre statement: "I don't remember dating any girl without the permission of her mother."

Some evidence bears this out. A mother of a 16-year-old girl Moore wanted to date told him he was too old to date her daughter and said she wouldn't allow it. But doesn’t Moore's stated requirement for a permission slip indicate something is utterly wrong about the age of the girls he was dating while he was a grown man?

Too many Republican leaders are calling for Moore to step down to not take notice. But what I want to know is this: while this is in Alabama, what if this same scenario took place here and it came down to you, dear readers? Would you join the call of the numerous Republican leaders who have spoken out forcefully against him — or would you want that Senate seat so bad you would be willing to sell your soul for it?

I remember a spelling bee where the student on stage was given the word "Republican" to spell. She correctly replied "H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E.” Pretty smart little girl.  

Steven Seymour is a Vietnam veteran who lives in Navasota and writes a bi-weekly opinion column. The opinions expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions and viewpoints of The Examiner. 

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