Pastor Mark Burns appeared at the Republican National Convention on Monday to give a prayer and benediction. The African-American evangelical leader from South Carolina was a last-minute addition to the schedule of speakers. Burns, a fervent supporter of presumptive nominee Donald Trump, proceeded to shout out a “prayer” brimming over with anger and hate.
He began by declaring Trump to be a man “who believes in the name of Jesus Christ.” (Go ahead, laugh. I did.) Then, well, I can’t even find the words to describe this hateful display. You just have to watch it for yourself to really understand, so without further adieu, here is video Burns “praying” on day one of the GOP convention.
— Ethan Embry (@EmbryEthan) July 18, 2016
You have to wonder if any of these folks have ever heard of that pesky little separation of church and state thing, don’t ya. Regardless, many people found Burns and his “prayer” to be a bit disturbing, to say the least.
@EmbryEthan SMH, him saying Democrats are keeping us divided after using extremely divisive, emotional rhetoric doesn’t promote unity.
— Ethan Pylant (@Edogp95) July 18, 2016
@EmbryEthan. This is a great video, because I’ve always wanted to know what it felt like to be at a Nuremburg rally.
— Levi S. Harris (@STL_Esqueer) July 18, 2016
Burns, who preaches at The Harvest Praise & Worship Center in his hometown of Easley, South Carolina, also runs a Christian TV Network he founded four years ago. He has “bristled” when it has been suggested that he was just being used to pander to black voters. But ummm, looking at the video, it is pretty easy to see why he was added to the roster of speakers at the last minute. Coincidentally, this eleventh hour change was made after three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana the day before.
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