Vice President Mike Pence attended a church service in Memphis, Tennessee, over the weekend, where he spoke a great deal about the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated in that city more than 50 years ago.
Pence’s remarks came the day before the holiday honoring King, and also focused on some policy matters as well as promoting the Trump administration in general.
“I want to assure you, under this administration, we’ve made every effort to open pathways to the American Dream for every American,” Pence said, per reporting from WMC-5 in Memphis.
Pence discussed abortion and support for religious freedom, but he did not talk about the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump currently happening in the U.S. Senate.
After Pence spoke, Bishop Jerry Wayne Taylor gave his own remarks, which were decidedly more inflammatory, targeting the LGBTQ community in the United States.
Taylor said it is a “demonic spirit” that causes men and women to be attracted to other partners who are of the same sex, Salon reported. “Two men can’t have a baby. Two women can’ have a baby,” Taylor added, mirroring a common trope among those with anti-LGBTQ viewpoints.
Why in the holy separation of church and state abomination condemning LGBTQ on the official White House YouTube channel??? https://t.co/OiNtJVX5Gd
— Charla 🆘 #ImpeachTrump (@cmg1947) January 22, 2020
Taylor also took time to press his attacks toward transgender individuals in his religious rant. “He made a man to be a man. If you want to know what God made you, when you go to the bathroom, just check your plumbing,” Taylor reportedly said.
Trump and Pence, campaigning in 2016, promised to be good stewards of the LGBTQ community, but have demonstrated on several occasions since taking office that they don’t intend to safeguard the same protections that were instilled during the Obama administration, oftentimes suggesting they’re doing so to protect so-called religious liberties of private companies or individuals.
As of this article’s publication, the White House’s YouTube channel is still showcasing the Pence speech at the Memphis church, including the disparaging remarks from Bishop Taylor.