Pastor Mark Burns of South Carolina is very much on the radar for anyone who is interested in promoting theocracy — and also for the activists who fight to prevent it. He’s a pro-Trump preacher who is running for Congress, and has previously stated one of his desires as an aspiring legislator is an America that recognizes what he calls “God’s law,” and the outlawing of anything that goes against that law.
Hill Reporter covered Burns’ statements last month, when he said in an interview that any law or policy that is “contrary to the word of God” should be removed or overturned — “We need to remove it from mainstream America and make it illegal.”
Now a new interview demonstrates that he hasn’t shifted that position, instead affirming that he believes “in a nation that is a Christian nation, a nation that has a majority of citizens who actively believe that Jesus is the Messiah, that he is coming back again” any law violating what he consider to be God’s word must be overturned.
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) December 7, 2021
While Burns doesn’t state what laws he’s specifically addressing in this clip, and views on what the Christian God wants from His followers vary across sects, conservative Christians have used the Bible as an excuse to fight against marriage equality, access to abortion care, the religious freedom of those with beliefs other than Christianity, access to contraceptives, and anti-discrimination efforts.
His campaign website affirms that some of these are the very issues he’s particularly set on. His list of political positions includes:
- Life begins at conception.
- Marriage is defined as between one man and one woman.
- Critical Race Theory is Communist, anti-white Racism.
Burns has also expressed opinions in favor of limiting the access of transgender individuals to gendered facilities, and maintains that it’s necessary to “fix our elections” after Donald Trump’s humiliating 2020 loss to Joe Biden.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com