Update: According to Al.com, the letter was a version of an earlier letter but with additional paragraphs added to the top with reference to the allegations. At least one of the signers says she was not asked for permission to use her name on the updated letter.
Fifty-three pastors have signed a letter of support for Roy Moore amid several accusations of sexual assault and harassment, including statutory rape, against the Republican Senate nominee, according to the Al.com.
The letter refers to Moore as an "immovable rock in the culture wars ... Judge Moore has stood in the gap for us, taken the brunt of the attack, and has done so with a rare, unconquerable resolve."
The letter shows a distrubing trend of Christian conservatives defending Moore, further evidenced by recent polling in Alabama that reveals a rising evangelical support for Moore, though overall support for Moore seems to be decreasing.
In their letter, the pastors said Moore was an "immovable rock in the culture wars," and has met attacks with a "rare unconquerable resolve."
"It's no wonder the Washington establishment has declared all-out war on his campaign," the letter notes before urging voters to support Moore in the Dec. 12 election against Democrat Doug Jones.
Many were quick to point out that the names of those listed were not particularly prominent ones, and given the saturation of Christian churches in Alabama, not very many.
Did a quick comparison - not one name on this list is a pastor at any of Alabama's 36 largest churches. Signers supporting Moore represent the fringe, not the mainstream. https://t.co/mYENawJG9m https://t.co/sXCzyNzywo— Laura Seay (@texasinafrica) November 13, 2017
the real story here is they only got 50 OUT OF LIKE A MILLION to sign this https://t.co/ovTWTLfZhf— Richard Clark (@TheRichardClark) November 13, 2017
Read more the full letter here.