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Theology professor explains how the Bible teaches Roy Moore supporters to dismiss his accusers as liars

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Why have so many Roy Moore supporters so easily shrugged off multiple accusations that he molested teenage girls three decades ago?

According to Candida Moss, a professor of theology at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, many Christians subconsciously view women accusers with suspicion because of how women are portrayed in the Bible.

Writing in the Daily Beast, Moss notes that women in biblical stories are often depicted as deceitful liars whose role is to lead men into temptation.

“The biblical seductress Delilah embodies this understanding of women when she leads astray and emasculates the heroic Samson,” she writes. “Delilah is both a whore, as she is paid by the Philistines to discover the secret of Samson’s power, and a liar, as she pretends to care for Samson in order to extract his secret and render him impotent.”

Delilah isn’t the only biblical femme fatale, however, as Moss notes that Eve, the Bible’s very first woman, was the one who convinced Adam to eat of forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Then there’s the story of Lot, who was seduced and deceived by his own daughters in a shocking act of incest.

There are notable exceptions to such negative depictions of women, of course, such as the Virgin Mary. However, Moss notes that women only seem to catch a break in the Bible when they “redeem” themselves by becoming mothers.

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“Modern religious communities that cherry pick scriptures that support existing systems of power bring the dark chauvinism of the ancient world into the present,” she concludes. “In a world in which the party injured by rape is the father of the girl involved, can the voice of the victim ever truly be heard and believed?”

Read the whole column here.

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Trump drowned in ‘heavy metal jokes’ after trying to tag Dem challengers as ‘motley crew’

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President Donald Trump trotted out a new catchphrase to mock the field of Democratic presidential candidates, but it didn't get quite the reaction he may have hoped.

The president insisted polls looked good for his re-election chances, despite leaked internal polling that says otherwise, and tried to tag his potential 2020 challengers as a "motley crew."

Only Fake Polls show us behind the Motley Crew. We are looking really good, but it is far too early to be focused on that. Much work to do! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

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Trump betting he can win re-election by spinning new conspiracy theories to explain investigations: report

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into President Donald Trump's association with Russian efforts to undermine the 2016 presidential election may be over. But that does not mean the president is free from oversight.

According to Politico, Trump is still facing 15 civil and criminal probes by at least nine federal, state, and municipal agencies on everything from obstruction of justice to campaign finance violations to using his office to enrich his family and businesses. But president is not bothered by these investigations — or at least, he believes that he can use them to his political advantage.

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Meet the mysterious conservative lawyer who keeps turning up in the Russia probes

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A prominent conservative lawyer keeps showing up in dramas central to the Trump administration and its battles with Congress—and it turns out he has intimate knowledge of Felix Sater’s intelligence work for the U.S. government while he was working with Trump.

The Moscow-born Sater is the financial criminal and violent felon who worked closely with Trump for years while simultaneously serving as a long-term informant for the FBI and other national security agencies.

In 2015 and into mid-2016, Sater pushed for the development of a Trump Tower in Moscow with his old friend Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime fixer, while trying to enlist support from the Russian government for Trump’s campaign.

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