‘Since You’re So OK With Pedophilia, I Just Wish Your Kids Would Get Molested'
An Alabama pastor who hosted a "God and Country" event with Senate candidate Roy Moore this past week said he received death threats, and one particularly nasty caller said he wished the pastor's children would get molested.
Jeremy Ragland, pastor of Bryan Baptist Church in Dora who also works in sports marketing, told PJ Media the attacks started the day after The Washington Post published allegations that Moore had sexually assaulted a teenage girl when he was in his thirties. Ragland had already planned an event with Moore and did not immediately cancel it.
"My first call was at about 4:30 or 5:30 in the morning from the state of Washington," the pastor recalled. "His stuff was fairly plain: 'I can't believe that you would call yourself a Christian and dare support this guy. You don't know your Bible, you're going to hell, God hates people like you.'"
Ragland described this as par for the course, but he insisted the caller later crossed a line. "Since you're so OK with pedophilia, I just wish your kids would get molested," the caller said.
"When he told me that, I was literally in tears from anger," Ragland told PJ Media. "By nature I like to make everybody happy and I will avoid controversy even to my detriment. I'm OK if people bash me, that's part of this, but leave my children out of it. They're innocent, they didn't have any say in this, so don't mention them."
The pastor recalled his ex-wife urging him to cancel the event with Moore, to protect their 14-year-old son. The boy himself also asked if the event could be called off. Even so, he decided against it.
"I'm a protective dad, and I don't want my kids to see these things, but I don't want my kids to see a dad who's a coward either," Ragland said. "How do I tell my son to stand up for himself and stand up for what he believes in when he sees his dad cancel an event because he's scared of what someone said on Facebook?"
The pastor told PJ Media he was conflicted about Moore when the allegations dropped. "I had reservations about it," he recalled. "I said, 'Hey, I firmly believe in due process, so I'm not going to do anything on the event until enough facts have come out.' I quit promoting the event for a little while to make my decision."
On the day after the allegations broke, Ragland posted a statement on Facebook. "After having horrible things wished upon me and my kids I feel that I need to make a statement about this," he wrote. "Pedophilia is awful and anyone guilty should be punished to the full extent of the law. With that said we should not rush to judgement, we should gather all the facts that we can and then make an educated decision."