North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson (R) told attendees of a late October rally that the United States is a Christian nation and those who don’t agree can move away.
“You can leave God’s country, and we will not miss you,” Robinson said during an address to the “Stand Up For America” rally in Raleigh, reported WRAL-TV.
“Our government is out of control,” Robinson said. “The angry and indignant patriots of this country and North Carolina are going to rein this country back into control. It’s time for us to teach our nation a lesson.”
The television station reported that Robinson urged attendees to stand up to the “enemies on the other side of the aisle that would drag this nation into a socialist hellhole. The Christian patriots of this nation will own this nation and rule this nation and help freedom survive.”
Robinson called for the removal of LGBTQ-themed books from public school libraries and attacked his critics.
“They want me to resign,” he said. “I’m going to resign myself to keep delivering the message of truth to the people of North Carolina. I’m going to resign myself to continue standing up for the constitutional rights of every citizen of this state, regardless of how they identify.”
WRAL reported that Robinson has been under fire since video surfaced of appearances he made at two churches this summer and at an event sponsored by the North Carolina Values Coalition. During the speeches, he attacked members of the LGBTQ community, calling them “demonic” and saying that are “filth.”
“If there’s a movement in this country that is demonic and is full of anti-, the spirit of the antichrist, it is the transgender movement,” Robinson said during a speech at the Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh in August.
Two months earlier, Robinson told members of the Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove, “There is no reason anybody, anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality or any of that filth. And yes, I called it filth. And if you don’t like it that I called it filth, come see me about it.”
In September, Robinson addressed the North Carolina Values Coalition, where he told parents to oppose school officials who are “pushing these perverted agendas, to try to teach our children that they’re really not boys or girls, or they’re shoving this homosexuality garbage down their throats.”
Robinson has spurned requests for a meeting from members of the LGBTQ community.
“What bothers me is that Mr. Robinson’s words apparently are seen as a magnet for others, and we stand here to say that they simply are abhorrent to us, and we trust they are abhorrent to the majority of the public,” the Rev. Doug Long, senior minister at Umstead Park United Church of Christ in Raleigh, told WRAL. “The bottom line is that Mr. Robinson does not see the LGBTQ community as human beings. He does not see them as equal human beings.”