Dating for conservative christians
For most of them, a relationship such as the ones Moore is reported to have pursued with teens is far beyond the norm. Even “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson, a conservative Christian who married his wife when he was 20 and she was 16, caused a firestorm years ago for advising men, “You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16.” Easter said she experienced this courtship culture herself.
As a woman in a fundamentalist Christian church who was expected to remain under her father’s roof until he handed her over to her husband, Easter became a “stay-at-home daughter” after high school.
But for the vast majority of evangelicals, that’s not accepted behavior,” he said. You don’t know if somebody’s embellishing,” Brinson said.
He said he’s not sure what to make of the report about Moore, and he’s not sure whether he’ll vote for him. “I like to give people the benefit of the doubt and say let’s see what the truth is.” He said he wants to talk to Moore and his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, and then send his personal conclusion to his email list of 3 million evangelical Alabama voters.
Girls were destined for marriage, and doing it at a young age was appropriate.
A parent was interested in having her marry and move on.” Even as farm economics became less relevant to most families, Syrett said, the conservative religious emphasis on preventing girls from engaging in sexual activity outside marriage caused the cultural preference for girls’ marrying at a young age to continue.
“It’s crazy how many child marriages happen in America.” Want more stories about faith?
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The gay bashing, the Ten Commandments fetish, barring Muslims from serving in Congress—Moore’s most extreme positions are precisely what makes him a beloved figure to so many white evangelicals.At least 31 percent of those children married a spouse who was older than 21 years old, according to a Washington Post article from February.In the 1970s, when Moore was in his 30s and reportedly dating teenagers, the laws on child marriage were changing, Syrett said.Now, she helps run Courage Conference, a gathering of people who have left abusive religious communities, and listens to the struggles of the women who attend.“Their lives are very difficult now that they’ve gotten free.