Kayla Moore, the wife of embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, published an endorsement letter on Sunday from over 50 pastors to her Facebook page, which appeared to defend her husband amid allegations he molested children as young as 14 when he was a 32-year-old District Attorney.
“For decades, Roy Moore has been an immovable rock in the culture wars ― a bold defender of the ‘little guy,’ a just judge to those who came before his court, a warrior for the unborn child, defender of the sanctity of marriage, and a champion for religious liberty,” the letter reads.
On Tuesday, AL.com reported that Sunday’s letter was actually a recycled August endorsement letter which had been selectively edited before Moore’s wife shared it to her social media account.
The newer version deletes the first three paragraphs from the original letter, which still appears on Roy Moore’s campaign website. One of the deleted sentences urges voters to “join us at the polls on Tuesday, August 15th.”
At least three of the 53 pastors listed as signatories on the recent post have said they were not contacted about the update amid the new allegations against Moore, and have asked for their names to be removed.
Tijuanna Adetunji, of the Fresh Anointing House of Worship in Montgomery, contacted AL.com this week to say she was not contacted about the letter and did not give permission for her name to be used.
“I was not asked about this story or allegations,” Adetunji said.
Pastor Thad Endicott also told AL.com that he was not contacted about the most recent post from Kayla Moore.
“The list that has recently circulated was evidently copied and pasted from the August endorsements without checking to see if I still endorsed Moore,” said Endicott.
Endicott, pastor at Heritage Baptist Church, asked that his name be removed from the Moore endorsement letter.
Dr. George Grant of Parish Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tenneessee told WSMV he hadn’t spoken with Moore in a decade and hadn’t spoken to the Senate nominee’s campaign since before the election.
Grant said he has no desire to play a role in Alabama politics, telling WSMV, “Not my state. Not my issues.”