CRCDS President Dr. Marvin A. McMickle recently shared his views in this opinion piece for the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle:

“Unbelievable! Jim Zeigler, the State Auditor of Alabama came to the defense of U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore by citing the biblical story of Mary and Joseph as an example of an older man having sex with a young girl. This is wrong on so many levels it is hard to imagine where to start. Therefore, let’s start with theology and the Bible. Central to the biblical story and to the Christian faith is the claim of the Virgin Birth or the Immaculate Conception. The whole premise of that doctrine is that Mary and Joseph did not have sex together. It is true that Mary and Joseph had other children together after they were married and after the birth of Jesus. However, to use Mary and Joseph as an analogy to Roy Moore who has been accused by several women of unwanted and inappropriate sexual advances and assaults should have resulted in every “evangelical Christian” in the country protesting to the top of their lungs. Instead, they seem to be rallying to his defense as if the testimony of multiple women carries no weight or influence. I am not targeting or attacking Roy Moore, I am defending the Christian faith against other Christians who are twisting and contorting it to defend an older man who is alleged to have made multiple unwanted advances against teenage girls; one of them being fourteen years old when Moore was in his thirties. I am also saying that it is long past time to start believing the women who make these reports of sexual assault. We should not automatically believe the men who deny these charges; we should give credence to the claims of the victims. We know that sexual assault happens every day and everywhere. These acts involve names we all know; Bill Cosby, Bill Clinton, Al Franken, George H. W. Bush, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Roger Ailes, Louis C.K., Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly and Roy Moore. These acts involve names known only to the victims who often live in silent shame fearing that no one will believe them, or worse will blame them for what happened. Sexual assault should not surprise anyone in our society. Such acts are written into many of the movies and TV shows we watch. Sexual conquest of women is part of schoolyard chatter and fraternity house norms. Women in the armed forces have been complaining about it for years. Thank God that women are finding the courage to tell their stories. Thank God many in our society are willing to listen to and believe those reports. This is not about Mary and Joseph. This is about men, known and unknown to us that are behaving badly and need to be called out. It is not only women who must find the courage to say “Me too” about their experiences of sexual assault. Every father of a daughter or granddaughter, every husband of a woman who goes off to work, every brother of a sister who goes off to school, and every man (male) who knows right from wrong needs to be outspoken and intolerant of this awful assault on women. To my friends who misuse the Bible to justify Roy Moore’s behavior, there is one verse you might want to consider; “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” Matthew 7:12.”

Marvin McMickle