Pastor and Billy Graham Distinguished Chair at Wheaton College in Illinois, Ed Stetzer, has slammed the use of the biblical Mary and Joseph’s relationship to defend Southern Baptist Alabama Judge Roy Moore against allegations that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32, and other evangelicals share his outrage. “Bringing Joseph and Mary into a modern-day molestation accusation, where a 32-year-old prosecutor is accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl, is simultaneously

ridiculous and blasphemous,” Stetzer, told AL.com. “Even those who followed ancient marriage customs, which we would not follow today, knew the difference between molesting and marriage.” Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler invoked the holy family in his defense of Moore after The Washington Post reported allegations of romantic dates between the Republican candidate for Alabama’s upcoming special Senate election and four teenagers decades ago, including the 14-year-old. MORE