During a speech Sunday at the Holy City Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, Tennessee, Bishop Vincent Mathews Jr. called Vice President Mike Pence “one of the most persecuted Christians” in the US.
Pence was there to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and hailed the fallen civil rights leader as a hero from his youth, then he discussed what the Trump administration has done for African-Americans, The Christian Post reports.
But before Pence took the podium, Mathews, who is the world missions president of the largely African-American church, told the 800-member congregation that no matter what people think, Pence is his “brother in Christ” and that thanks to the media, Pence has suffered.
“One thing I love about this man of God, you know if you don’t know anything, is that he is one of the most persecuted Christians in America,” Mathews said. “The biggest criticism that he gets all over television and everywhere else is that he actually believes the Bible. They hate him for believing the Bible.
Speaking on the eve of Martin Luther King Day, Pence discussed King’s legacy.
“Dr. King was one of the heroes of my youth as you’ve already heard,” he said. “Frankly, to be here in Memphis on this occasion, the city where he spent his last days, is deeply humbling to me. He left this world too soon. April 4th, 1968, at the age of 39.”
Pence also took the time to pat his boss on the back.
“As I stand before you today, I want to assure you that under this administration we’ve made every effort to open pathways to the American Dream for every American and we have stood strong for the values that we hold dear.”
Watch Pence’s speech in the video below.
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