Pastor Gets Cop Sued After Having Innocent Man Arrested

 

  • The pastor even said at the beginning of things “I see that you’re smart enough that you’re standing on public property.” The pastor knew and admitted he wasn’t trespassing long before the cop even got there and started claiming as much.

 

  • That cop was a member of the church so to me it seems like he used his position of authority to advance his pastors and his own personal agenda

 

 

  • Darren: Arrest this man, he’s a nuisance and creating a disturbance!
  • Also Darren: No one’s even paying attention to you anyways.
  • I like the pastor comes over and gets aggressive and then claims it’s the dude with the camera that’s causing a scene and creating a public nuisance. The officer should have kindly remined the pastor that the camera man was on public property and so far had committed no crime. I can’t arrest him simply because you don’t like his message
  • The pastor: “You’re making a scene”
  • Also the pastor: “No one here is paying any attention to your sign”
  • There should be no qualified immunity for this. This is blatant kidnapping! This officer should be arrested and jailed for clearly kidnapping someone with a weapon in his holster and the threat of arrest.
  • I find it increasingly disturbing that it took so long for the trespassing case to be dismissed. Abuse of authority especially when any constitutional rights have been violated should be dealt with much more swiftly and substantially than current system allows.
  • How the heck did they manage to drag out his case for a whole YEAR when he clearly had video evidence of where he was plus the pastor admitting that he was on public property?! They the pastor grabbed the guys equipment multiple times infront of an officer and nothing happens to him?
  • Gotta love the Sgt on scene just stand and watch an assault happen and turn around and do what a “pastor” told him to do. Both the Sgt and officer were clearly in conflict of interest.

 

  • So an officer that also attends this church arrested a man at the behest of the pastor of this church and this isn’t an abuse of power? This is literally corruption on camera. The officer the department the city and state including the church should all be held liable. With the officer going to jail for criminal behavior
  • The Cop should be fired immediately, he watched an Assault and did nothing and then arrested a citizen for trespassing when he knows 100% he’s not. If we do not fire people nothing will ever change
  • I like how the pastor shows up with a comically friendly voice and very happily asks the guy to leave and when that fails he drops the acts immediately and states that the guys actions are garnering no attention and yet he’s there to ask him to leave and calls him a public nuisance, so I guess he is in fact getting attention and his message through. What a double faced hypocrite.
  • How that pastor has a following is beyond me. From the moment he opens his mouth he just reeks of insincerity

 

  • Wow, that pastor flipped a switch when he realized he wasn’t going get his way by asking nicely. And mask comes off! Typical religious leader.
  • Gotta love how that pastor showed his true colors once he started getting frustrated with the auditor. All of his “hey bro” behavior was all just an act. Makes you wonder if the rest of the guy’s life is also just an act.
  • As professions, what do
    • politics,
    • law enforcement,
    • medicine/nursing,
    • entertainment,
    • corporate management,
    • sports,
    • academia, and
    • religious ministry have in common? They attract narcissists. That’s a video of a cesspool.
  • That police officer lied on a police report ( standing on private property) I believe there’s no qualified immunity for that so that police officer can and should be personally sued.
  • Wasn’t surprised to hear that the office was a member of the Church. Took 20 seconds from first words to threatening with jail, and a further 14 seconds to putting him in cuffs. Would love to know if this officer was personally phoned by a member of the church to come and deal with this, making this a conspiracy.
  • I live near and work in Chattanooga and honestly this is disgusting but nothing compared to other things these “small time country cops” do and get away with most of there barely follow the law and they have there own interpretation of the laws. Sadly they just use the law to prosecute people for what they want rather then what the laws actually are. It’s so corrupt everyone through the whole legal system works together lawyers the da the people that’s supposed to defend you will ask the cops what they should do “for you”. Believe I sued my city I lived in over a cop making me pull my genitals out on the side of the road to “check for drugs” and everyone even my own lawyer was against me.
  • I do LOVE the rare instance when a citizen informs the police correctly 10:54 what the law is when the police are making a mistake, intentional or otherwise.
  • That pastor did a good job of showing who the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” was. What a phony
  • If his message will “fall on deaf ears” and “no one is paying attention to” him… why does he care that the guy is there.

 

  • After seeing this guy bully the sign carrier… I would quit his church if I went there! This is not the kind of “spiritual leader” I want leading me.

 

  • It’s amazing that it takes 1 or 2 years to get justice for 1st Amendment protected activity. That’s why cops never admit guilt. You have sue them. To get justice.
  • Wasn’t surprised to hear that the office was a member of the Church. Took 20 seconds from first words to threatening with jail, and a further 14 seconds to putting him in cuffs. Would love to know if this officer was personally phoned by a member of the church to come and deal with this, making this a conspiracy. I do think the first officer should have arrested the Shepard for causing a public disturbance. Deliberately trying to provoke something, and expecting the officer to side with him. Would have been so fun to have him arrested instead. Held for 2 days for a trespass? And a year to drop the charges. What a joke. How important is this Church in this town???

 

  • The Cop should be fired immediately, he watched an Assault and did nothing and then arrested a citizen for trespassing when he knows 100% he’s not. If we do not fire people nothing will ever change
  • I think there was actually 2 different cops there from different departments/agencies. The first cop witnessed the assault/battery and did nothing, and the second cop wrongfully arrested him.
  • Imagine being a pastor teaching a truth that is so sound and self evident that you are frightened by someone holding a sign outside with a slight contrast to your beliefs. The pastor clearly had an ego and was trying to assert dominance and made a show in-front of his people that he had power over the situation. If little critiques like this upset him, it makes me wonder how confident he is in the religious truths he believes he provides.
  • * grabs at the guy’s camera several times with his voice raised * “Officer this guy is causing a scene” Imagine your entire belief structure being shaken by a guy with a sign.
  • I actually think this could turn into a far larger scandal than it already is. Could this not also dig into “separation of church and state” considering an officer who was a member of the church may have used his position to benefit the church in restricting the man from being able to use his 1st amendment right?
  • In a lot of these Audit the Audit videos, things can get pretty nuanced and in other cases it becomes a matter of the laws and ordinances in some given area. Not so in this video. The guy is on public property stating his beliefs. Pretty straightforward freedom of speech.
  • The Pastor is also at fault here. Typically, they preach love and respect but he assaulted the man and actually became quite belligerent and he used his pastoral influence to have the man falsely arrested. Way to go, Pastor, something to teach the children! I hope the officers involved get fired after their PD has to pay thousands of dollars. That arresting officer did no investigation whatsoever before deciding to arrest. But this is a corrupt system where the church and state seem to have unconstitutionally merged.
  • That pastor literally assaulted that man in front of that officer and the officer arrested the assaulted man. Both the officer and pastor should be fired.
    • This is where Republicans say “Just comply“. Nothing will ever get changed since almost half the country backs these actions from police.
  • And some people wonder why there’s a distrust between “ organized religion “ and the general public. Pity you can’t sue a Pastor for malpractice. And the patrolman was just a brainless tool and should be removed from the force.

 

Let’s talk about Flynn and comments….

Published: Nov 15, 2021

 

Michael Flynn: If we’re going to have One Nation Under God (which we must), We need ONE RELIGION.

 

Lawrence Britt: 14 Characteristics

Rafael Cruz Preaching Dominion Theology About Transfer Of The Wealth Of The Wicked

Appearance by Rafael Cruz, August 26, 2012, at the New Beginnings Church of Larry Huch, in Irving, Texas. Dominion Theology starts with a scripturally incorrect premise, Postmillennialism, and then makes a drastic left hand turn into full-on heresy by attempting to create a theocracy in America. Thrown into this mongrel mess is the hellish teaching that there will be an ‘end times transfer of wealth’ from the wicked to the ‘righteous’. In short, it’s a big, fat pile of misapplied Bible doctrine wrongly divided, and completely out of it’s proper dispensation and context. READ MORE:https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/a-bible-believer-looks-at-the-christian-cult-of-dominion-theology/

Frank Schaeffer on American Evangelicalism and Its Roman Catholic Allies

I am sharing this video from Frank Schaffer in support of his message in order to amplify it as he requests in the video.

I am a religious person, a professing cradle Roman Catholic. I do not see this critique of American Evangelicalism and its alliance with (White) Roman Catholic as a threat to my faith or to my religious tradition. I see it as a much-needed wake up call to conversion for religious people and especially to American Christians.

The ‘Seven Mountains’ prophecy

There’s a plan to seize control of every aspect of the US; government, law and media. And it’s based on the bible’s Book of Revelation.

Morrison emphasises his values in first major speech

The Dark Ages have a certain appeal to some. It was a time when good and evil was white and black. Church overruled state. And the word of priests was as law.

It was when the Roman Catholic church effectively ruled the whole of the Western world. Under idealised eyes, it controlled every aspect of civil life. Parish priests held sway over small towns and communities. Cardinals and Popes could bend kings and nobles to their will.

In reality, things rarely worked out that way. But it was the accepted doctrine of the times.

Now, some evangelical groups want that all-encompassing power back.

They call themselves Dominionists.

Their declared goal is to take control of society. And the US government is in its sights.

It wants ‘One nation, under God’ … their god.

Only once this is achieved, followers believe, will Jesus return in the Second Coming, initiating the End of Days and the prophecies of the Book of Revelation.

It’s a cross-denominational movement which appears to have been born among television and radio evangelists in the 1970s. They cite one passage, Genesis 1:28, as justification:

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

It is interpreted as being God’s mandate for his followers to control every aspect of life.

Now new apostles are preaching a message which puts church above state, and their interpretation of Christian lore above secular law.

And they have a plan to have this enforced.

An artist’s interpretation of a passage from the Book of Revelation, which refers to a ‘seven headed beast’.

An artist’s interpretation of a passage from the Book of Revelation, which refers to a ‘seven headed beast’.Source:Supplied

SEVEN HEADS ARE SEVEN MOUNTAINS

The argument goes something like this:

The long-awaited Second Coming has not yet happened as the criteria outlined in the Bible have yet to be met. Christians have not been taking part in their communities. Instead, they’ve been huddled in their own churches. This has exposed the very pillars of society susceptible to the influence of the devil.

It’s up to believers to change this, they argue, by seizing control of key institutions.

Some evangelical movements believe this is demanded by prophecy. They argue the Bible verses of Isiah 2:2-3 instruct their followers to take control:

And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.”

It argues there are seven such ‘mountains of the Lord’.

The key to this thinking is Revelation 17:1-18, which hinges on verse 9:

And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains

The prophetic passage talks of an evil woman ‘drunken with the blood of the saints’ who rides a beast of ‘seven heads and 10 horns’. It ends telling how this beast will be turned against the woman, destroying her.

Most theologians see the reference to ‘seven’ as being Rome — famously built upon seven hills

But some evangelicals argue this beast — and its seven heads that are mountains — represents the structure of society itself.

“So this is now called the Seven Mountain Prophecy,” says advocate David Barton. “If you’re going to establish God’s kingdom, you’ve got to have these seven mountains, and again that’s family, religion, education, media, entertainment, business and government.”

RELIGION: “With a plethora of categorised religions around the world, it’s the Church’s responsibility to reach the lost with the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ, and expand the Kingdom in ministerial efforts, both nationally and internationally.”

FAMILY: “God is calling fathers and mothers (both spiritual and biological) to bring order to the chaos that the enemy has unleashed against families in America.”

EDUCATION: “A reintroduction of biblical truth and Bible-centric values is the key to renewal and restoration in America’s failing educational system.”

GOVERNMENT: “We must see a shift in this arena in order to preserve the Christian heritage that America was founded upon. The goal is to put in place righteous political leaders that will positively affect all aspects of government.”

MEDIA: “ … the arts and entertainment industries wield significant influence. The body of Christ needs powerful, righteous men and women who are not afraid to take their God-given talent into the arts and entertainment arenas.”

BUSINESS: “We believe it is the Lord’s will to make his people prosperous and that He desires for His Church to use its wealth to finance the work of Kingdom expansion. Simply put: Prosperity with a purpose.”

‘Seven heads are seven mountains’ … a phrase being used to justify an evangelical push to dominate US government.

‘Seven heads are seven mountains’ … a phrase being used to justify an evangelical push to dominate US government.Source:Supplied

SEVEN MOUNTAINS MANDATE

White Christian evangelicals in the United States remain a powerful voting bloc. Though they are a diminishing group.

In the 1990s, they represented about 27 per cent of the total US population, Now, they amount to some 15 per cent.

And that loss of prominence has proved galvanising.

Dominionist thinking is becoming mainstream among this minority group, and Seven Mountains is regarded by many as a road-map to ‘regain’ control of the country.

The idea first emerged In 1975 when Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission (YWAM), had what they describe as a miraculous revelation. Both had been given a dream by God, they declared. Its message revealed the need to dominate the Seven Mountains (or Spheres) of influence.

Since then, the theology has been pushed into political circles through media events, youth movements and campaign activities.

Central to its teachings is that members must build the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. And that starts with turning the United States into a Christian state.

The movement first met with some sympathy under the Presidency of Ronald Reagan.

At the 1980 Republican National Convention, attended by some 17,000 evangelical Christians, Ronald Reagan famously declared: “I know you can’t endorse me, but … I want you to know I endorse you and what you are doing.”

Reagan won in a landslide, primarily attributed to a ‘Moral Majority’. And his governance has since been called ‘the God strategy’ after evangelicals were appointed as Secretary of the Interior, Surgeon General and to the Department of Education.

But, under the Bush Republican presidencies, evangelical influence waned.

The Seven Mountains movement’s leaders felt they had been betrayed. Despite encouraging words during their campaigns, Presidents George H. Bush and George W. Bush just did not follow up with the desired appointments.

President Trump, however, represents a new opportunity: an opportunity that has been delivering.

US President Donald Trump has surrounded himself with people who loudly profess their faiths. Picture: AFP

US President Donald Trump has surrounded himself with people who loudly profess their faiths. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

THE KING CYRUS FACTOR

The Seven Mountains movement experienced something of a revival in the early 2000s under evangelist Lance P. Wallnau and political activist David Barton.

Wallnau is one of the theology’s most vocal prophets. He is a forceful advocate of the need to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’.

But, now that only a few remote tribes in South America’s Amazon and the Bay of Bengal’s the Andaman Islands have not been ministered to, Wallnau is endorsing a broader interpretation of the passage. He sees it as an instruction to inject his version of Christianity into the way societies are run.

And President Trump is the vessel for such change.

Wallnau has declared Trump has a ‘Cyrus anointing’ upon him — a reference to the ancient Persian King Cyrus who, despite being no friend of Israel, defeated the Babylonians and set that nation free. Cyrus was therefore blessed by God for doing his work.

In the modern context, the ‘anointing’ of Trump means evangelical Christians can also set their religion ‘free’.

To that end, Wallnau boasted to fellow evangelical leader David Barton that he had ‘ninja sheep’ working with activists, politicians — and members of Donald Trump’s presidential transition team.

Seven Mountains advocates say they have infiltrated government with their ‘ninja sheep’ and ‘underground’ agents. Picture: AFP

Seven Mountains advocates say they have infiltrated government with their ‘ninja sheep’ and ‘underground’ agents. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

OF ‘NINJA SHEEP’ AND ‘UNDERGROUND’ AGENTS

Wallnau asserts Satan is in control of academia, entertainment, politics and business: “Our real enemies are the ones that are shaping laws, shaping media, and shaping the next generation.”

To fight them, he’s promoting what he calls the ‘7M Underground’ — an affiliation of producers, directors, attorneys, politicians and economists.

“We should be moving to the top of these mountains,” Wallnau said. “Christians are called to go into proximity to the gates of hell. That’s why they’re showing up in government. They should be showing up in journalism …

“I’m working with believers that I call ninja sheep — those are believers that are actual believers but have to maintain discretion with their public profile.

“And what we want to do is we want to reinstall a culture that honours God and that revives again a morality that’s essential to the survival of America as a Christian-influenced nation.

“So the underground is where we meet and we basically have now mobilised nationwide believers to intercede pray and be informed and then show up at the decisive flashpoints in culture where there can be a presence behind what Trump’s assignment is. So it’s pretty exciting.”

Barton seized upon the Seven Mountains as the logical outcome of his controversial (but incorrect) belief that the Founding Fathers of the United States were all born-again Christians. This means, he says, that the Constitution should be interpreted through Christian — not secular — eyes. This can be done through the Seven Mountains.

“ … those are the seven areas you have to have, and if you can have those seven areas, you can shape and control whatever takes place in nations, continents, and even the world,” Barton said in a 2011 radio interview. “Now that’s what we believed all along is you got to get involved in this stuff. Jesus said ‘you occupy ‘til I come.’ We don’t care when he comes, that’s up to him. What we’re supposed to do is take the culture in the meantime, and you got to get involved in these seven areas.”

President Trump greets preachers at a recent formal dinner held for evangelical leaders. Picture: AP

President Trump greets preachers at a recent formal dinner held for evangelical leaders. Picture: APSource:Supplied

‘TAKE BACK THE COUNTRY FOR CHRIST’

Separation of Church and State is enshrined in the US Constitution. Though this has always been an intense arena of dispute.

It’s intended to prevent the repeat of the crises many fled during the founding of the United States: combinations of individual churches and states that oppressed other faiths.

The Constitution itself specifies “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States”.

The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Seven Mountains and Dominionist evangelicals don’t see this as a problem. The United States is a Christian country, founded by Christians, they argue, so the Constitution should be interpreted through a Christian perspective. The Country’s motto is ‘In God We Trust’, after all.

“We realised that it only takes 3-5 per cent of a leadership operating at the top of a cultural mountain to shift the culture’s view of an issue,” the promotional page of an upcoming 7 Mountains ‘International Culture Shapers Summit’ declares. http://www.7culturalmountains.org/

Under Trump, they’ve been getting more than that.

His Vice President, Michael Pence, is an outspoken evangelical. The former conservative talkback radio host has even been declared a ‘covenant man’ — putting him alongside the likes of Moses, Jacob and Noah — for his apparent obedience to God in a corrupt and sinful political arena.

Trump’s new Attorney-General, Matthew Whitaker, once proposed banning non-religious people from being appointed to the judiciary. He also said judges needed a ‘biblical view of justice’: “What I know is that as long as they have that worldview, that they’ll be a good judge. And if they have a secular worldview, that ‘this is all we have here on Earth’, then I’m going to be very concerned about how they judge.”

The President regularly trumpets the Christian character of his cabinet.

His first Chief-of-Staff, the since-sacked Reince Priebus, was a devout member of the Greek Orthodox Church. Ousted Adviser Steve Bannon came from an Irish-Catholic background, as did disgraced National Security chief General Michael Flynn. Former Attorney-General Jeff Sessions is a Methodist, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is Presbyterian. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos belongs to the Christian Reformed denomination. Former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley was born into a Sikh family but converted to Christianity and now attends a Methodist congregation.

That’s just a sampler.

But Trump’s even given an evangelical group open access to the White House — Capitol Ministries — to conduct bible study groups.

This is why — despite the never-ending cloud of controversy surrounding the president — his support among evangelical leaders has remained steadfast.

An American flag waves outside the United States Capitol building. The debate about the separation of church and state is heating up. Picture: AFP

An American flag waves outside the United States Capitol building. The debate about the separation of church and state is heating up. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

Charismatic, Pentecostal and Evangelical Christians are among President Trump’s most devoted supporters. And he knows this.

He won 81 per cent of their vote in 2016. A poll published shortly before the 2018 midterm elections by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 72 per cent of white evangelical Protestants still had a favourable opinion of him.

And Trump continues to tell them what they want to hear.

In a closed-door meeting with more than 100 evangelical leaders in August, President Trump said he had repealed a law preventing them from preaching politics from the pulpit. He hadn’t, though it is something he sometimes talks about.

He also said he had dismissed a law that prevents US religious and other tax-exempt institutions from endorsing political candidates. He hadn’t, though he has signed an executive order smoothing the way for religious groups to engage in politics.

It was enough to motivate the religiously conservative groups focused on abortion rights, a conservative majority in the Supreme Court, and support for Israel, to back his midterm election campaigns.

But US progressive churchgoers are increasingly bristling at Trump’s brash character, and divisive approach to race, immigration and women.

They’ve started to push back.

Among those raising their voice in opposition is Anglican bishop Michael Curry, who officiated at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. He’s pushing a manifesto — Reclaiming Jesus — and warning of a “dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches”.

The manifesto rejects white nationalism, calls out political exploitation of racial bigotry, denounces misogyny and sexual misconduct, defends immigrants and refugees — and advocates renewed focus on the poor.

“Representatives of Christianity were buying into political agendas that very often do not reflect the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth,” Bishop Curry said.

But the religious right is showing little sign of being moved.

And Trump’s keen to keep them on side.

Elections, he warned, were “a referendum on your religion, it’s a referendum on free speech and the First Amendment.”

“We’re going to protect Christianity,” Trump declared. “I can say that. I don’t have to be politically correct.”

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Trump’s Terrible Year

‘David French–ism’ without David French

French has been unfairly caricatured — but the caricature is worth defending.

Near as I can tell, the David French controversy revolves around allegations that the man is too much of an accommodating pragmatist on social issues. The charge is amusing to me, given that one of my defining experiences here at NR occurred when French denounced a column I wrote last year about the need for conservatives to pragmatically accommodate transgender Americans.

Mike Pence, Holy Terror

Are you sure you want to get rid of Donald Trump?

There are problems with impeaching Donald Trump. A big one is the holy terror waiting in the wings.

That would be Mike Pence, who mirrors the boss more than you realize. He’s also self-infatuated. Also a bigot. Also a liar. Also cruel.

To that brimming potpourri he adds two ingredients that Trump doesn’t genuinely possess: the conviction that he’s on a mission from God and a determination to mold the entire nation in the shape of his own faith, a regressive, repressive version of Christianity. Trade Trump for Pence and you go from kleptocracy to theocracy.

.. The book persuasively illustrates what an ineffectual congressman he was, apart from cozying up to the Koch brothers, Betsy DeVos and other rich Republican donors

..  the strong possibility that he wouldn’t have won re-election; his luck in being spared that humiliation by the summons from Trump, who needed an outwardly bland, intensely religious character witness to muffle his madness and launder his sins; and the alacrity with which he says whatever Trump needs him to regardless of the truth.

.. In Pence’s view, any bite marks in his tongue are divinely ordained. Trump wouldn’t be president if God didn’t want that; Pence wouldn’t be vice president if he weren’t supposed to sanctify Trump. And his obsequiousness is his own best route to the Oval Office, which may very well be God’s grand plan.

.. “I don’t think he’s as resilient, politically, as Bill Clinton was,” D’Antonio said. “He doesn’t relish a partisan fight in the same way. He loves to go to rallies where people adore him.”

There’s no deeply felt policy vision or sense of duty to sustain him through the investigations and accusations. “If the pain is great enough,” D’Antonio said, “I think he’d be disposed not to run again.”

.. It suggests callousness at best toward African-Americans. As governor, Pence refused to pardon a black man who had spent almost a decade in prison for a crime that he clearly hadn’t committed. He also ignored a crisis — similar to the one in Flint, Mich. — in which people in a poor, largely black Indiana city were exposed to dangerously high levels of lead. D’Antonio told me: “I think he’s just as driven by prejudice as Trump is.”
.. he rallied behind the unhinged former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. In a speech he called Arpaio a “tireless champion” of the “rule of law.” This was after Arpaio’s contempt-of-court conviction for ignoring a federal judge’s order to stop using illegal tactics to torment immigrants. The conservative columnist George Will seized on Pence’s speech to write that Pence had dethroned Trump as “America’s most repulsive public figure.”
.. You can thank Pence for DeVos. They are longtime allies, going back decades, who bonded over such shared passions as making it O.K. for students to use government money, in the form of vouchers, at religious schools.
Pence cast the tiebreaking vote in the Senate to confirm her as education secretary.
.. Pence once spoke positively on the House floor about historical figures who “actually placed it beyond doubt that the offense of abortion was a capital offense, punishable even by death.” He seemed to back federal funds for anti-gay conversion therapy. He promoted a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

He is absolutely certain that his moral view should govern public policy,” D’Antonio told me.

..  Pence sees himself and fellow Christian warriors as a blessed but oppressed group, and his “hope for the future resided in his faith that, as chosen people, conservative evangelicals would eventually be served by a leader whom God would enable to defeat their enemies and create a Christian nation.”

.. Is America worse off with Trump or Pence?

“I have to say that I prefer Donald Trump, because I think that Trump is more obvious in his intent,” he said, while Pence tends to “disguise his agenda.”