June Griffin, the pastor of the American Bible Protestant Church, gave what can only be charitably described as a bizarre opening benediction before the Tennessee State Senate, the Times Free Press reports.
Griffin — who in 2006 was arrested for stealing a Mexican flag from a Hispanic grocery store because “there was nothing English in the store,” and has advocated burning copies of the Koran — was invited to speak by Republican Senator Frank Niceley, and she began the prayer conventionally enough, asking that God protect the state.
But the pastor quickly shifted gears, saying that “I pray for the people of Tennessee who have been so downtrodden by the wicked courts from on high that they have been subject to tyrannical judiciary! I pray that you will save Tennessee from the edicts of Washington DC that would go against the plain wishes of the people of Tennessee, particularly pertaining to the 9th and 10th Amendments!”
“I pray that you would sanctify this state, that it would be holy, and a leader among all the states, that they would see that there is a God who lives,” Griffin continued. “That you gave your life that the people of Tennessee might be saved from our sins.”
“O Lord,” she begged, her voice breaking, “save Tennessee!”
“I pray that you will be our coverage, that we will not be forced into these edicts from Washington DC or any other quarter, but that you would let the people know that our coverage is the same as with Moses and the children of Israel when they went through the wilderness,” she concluded.
When asked about the unusual nature of her speech, the senator who invited her said, “in this country of ours, we need a certain amount of conservatives that pay attention to the details. There are things that happen in this country that scare everybody.”
Sen. Niceley is, himself, a controversial figure with ties to Neo-Confederate organizations identified as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Watch the entire prayer below.
Ex-GOP senator hammers lawmakers quaking in their boots out of fear of Trump: ‘Why are you there?’
Appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, retired Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) hammered members of his own party still sitting in the Senate who refuse to take on Donald Trump, saying they are failing the country and themselves by standing by in fear.
Speaking with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Cohen said kowtowing to the president is nothing new, but has grown worse over the past ten years.
"Some of it has to do with external pressures, that of social media, talk radio, specific channels that have a particular view and then hammer that view home to the constituents who then pressure the members of Congress," he explained. "But you have to ask yourself: Why are you a senator? Why are you there? Are you acting out of sheer fear that if you speak up and take a position that's controversial you'll be punished?"
Nancy Pelosi blisters Trump’s latest ‘anemic’ response to Coronavirus: ‘What he’s doing is too late’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) lashed out at President Donald Trump on Wednesday over his response to the Coronavirus.
While speaking to reporters at the U.S. Capitol, Pelosi slammed the president after he promised the epidemic "is going to go away."
"This is shameful," Pelosi said. "He puts forth a proposal now that is meager, anemic in terms of addressing this. Ebola, we did $5 billion. And now they're trying to take the ebola money and spend it here."
"What he's doing is late, too late, anemic," she added. "Hopefully we came make up for the loss of time but we have to have professionals in place, resources that are adequate and not use scare tactics about people coming back to our country."
MAGA hat-wearing South Carolina voter casts ‘chaos’ vote for Bernie Sanders: ‘The best worst candidate’
A Republican voter in South Carolina told Fox News that he voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary to help President Donald Trump's reelection chances.
The man, who was wearing a Make America Great Again hat, made the comments at a diner in Columbia Wednesday morning.
"I'm a Republican and a Trump supporter," he said. "But we have an operation chaos going on and all over the state we're encouraging Republicans to go vote for Bernie because we believe Bernie is the best worst candidate in contrasting his socialism against President Trump and his capitalism."
Watch the video below from Fox News.