FLASHBACK: Roy Moore Says Teaching Evolution In Schools Leads To Gang Violence [VIDEO]

Jack Crowe | Political Reporter

Republican Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore argued that teenagers commit acts of violence because they are taught the theory of evolution in school, in a 1997 speech on religion’s role in government.

Moore, then an Alabama circuit court judge, argued that teaching teenagers about the role of evolution gives them license to engage in drive-by shootings, according to his appearance at the “Role of Religion in the U.S. Government” conference hosted by the National Clergy Council.

“They’re acting like animals because we’ve taught them they come from animals,” Moore said after using a story about an incompetent scientist to illustrate his opposition to theory of evolution. At the time, the former Alabama Supreme Court justice had recently been sued for refusing to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from his courtroom. He was later dismissed for his refusal to comply with law.

Moore, an outspoken Christian conservative, holds a slight lead against his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, despite multiple accusations that he had sexual contact with teen girls while in his 30s.

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