The letterboard sign outside a local Christian school reportedly reads, "God Bless Judge Roy Moore/Give Him the Victory." An alert reader sent the above photo to Folio Weekly via email this morning, stating that it was taken at the Conservative Christian Academy on Old St. Augustine Road in Mandarin.
Republican Roy Moore is running for U.S. Senate in Alabama. Moore's campaign has recently become mired with accusations that he preyed on teen girls in the 70s and 80s, when he was a prosecutor in his 30s.
The Washington Post reports that the youngest alleged victim, Leigh Corfman, now 53, claims that Moore engaged in sexual conduct with her, including removing her pants and shirt and touching her genitals over her underwear, in 1979 when she was 14 years old. Moore was 32 at the time. Three other women, whose ages ranged from 16 to 18 at the time of the alleged encounters, told the Post that Moore took them on dates around the same time frame, but that it went no further than kissing.
When the story broke earlier this month, 70-year-old Moore told the Post, "These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign."
Additional women have come forward in the weeks since the Post published its initial report. This morning, the Today show reported that a total of nine women have accused Moore of sexual assault. There have also been reports that Moore was banned from the mall in Gadsden, Alabama (his hometown) for preying on young girls. Moore has repeatedly denied all allegations.
A man who answered the phone at the Conservative Christian Academy, who did not identify himself, said he does not know what the sign currently says. He told Folio Weekly that the sign is changed every Monday morning, and its content is a "mutual decision" by the ministry. He said that there are "various ministries" at the facility, but declined to say who specifically decides what to put on the sign. He also said that whoever does so was not available.
Asked when would be a good time to call back to speak with someone who decides what to put on the sign, the man said, "Frankly, if there is any communication, it would not be with Folio Weekly, but I appreciate you calling." He then hung up.
According to the academy's web profile, Conservative Christian Academy is an online religious school; an undated report on Private School Review states that 26 students grades 7-12 attend the Baptist-affiliated school. Its website states that Dr. Gene A. Youngblood (of the First Conservative Baptist Church) is the founder and senior pastor; based on the content of the site, the school appears to be affiliated with the church.
FW's voicemail for the reader who sent the photo was not immediately returned. The individual has not specifically requested anonymity, but is not identified based on the content of the email, which stated that they were afraid to park for too long to take the picture because last week the sign said "Not a gun free zone."