Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore ‘doesn’t know’ if gay people should be executed

MONTGOMERY, AL ? AUGUST 21: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore walks back into the state Judicial Building after addressing supporters August 21, 2003 in Montgomery, Alabama. The eight other justices today overruled Moore?s defiance of a federal court order to remove a 5,300 lb granite monument of the Ten Commandments that is exhibited in the Judicial Building. Moore defied a deadline to get rid of the monument by midnight today. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider the issue Wednesday. (Photo by Gary Tramontina/Getty Images)

Roy Moore, the disgraced former judge leading the pack in a US Senate election, has close ties to a pastor who has called for gay people to be put to death.

Roy Moore is running for the US Senate seat vacated by Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and has a lead over his GOP primary opponent.

It has emerged this week that Moore also has ties to an extremist pastor who has called for gay people to be put to death.

CNN reports that Moore has appeared multiple times on a radio show hosted by pastor Kevin Swanson, who is known for preaching that gay people must be stoned to death.

Roy Moore

GOP officials have been embarrassed over ties to Swanson in the past, with Senator Ted Cruz forced to apologise last year for appearing at an event run by him.

At the event, Swanson shouted: “Yes, Leviticus calls for the death penalty for homosexuals! Yes, the Apostle Paul does say that homosexuals are worthy of death! His words, not mine, and [screaming] I AM NOT ASHAMED! I am not ashamed of the truth of the word of God!”

Cruz later admitted it was a “mistake” to appear at the event, claiming he was unaware of Swanson’s homophobic views.

However, Moore’s association with him is much more long-standing, appearing at least five times on Swanson’s Generations Radio show. He appeared as recently as February 2017, long after Swanson’s views were known.

In his appearances on Swanson’s show, the pair both rallied against the ‘gay agenda’.

Meanwhile, in a 2015 interview Moore refused to say whether he supports gay people being put to death.

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