Pastor Mark Burns, of the Harvest Praise & Worship Center in South Carolina, defended U.S. Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore who has been accused by nine women of sexual misconduct when they were in their teens.
Burns, who also supports President Donald Trump, claimed told MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle that she could be accused of sex abuse like Moore:
Today is Judge Moore. Today is Judge Moore, tomorrow it could be you.
You know what? It can’t be me tomorrow. Excuse me, sir. Sir, it can’t be me tomorrow, because when I was in my 30s, I didn’t get banned from a mall. I wasn’t calling girls out of trigonometry class, and I wasn’t dating girls under the age of 18 — so no, sir, it is not possible for it to ever be me.
Burns claimed Moore was the victim of “character assassination,” and complained about how CNN reported on how he had lied about being in the Army Reserve and earning a Bachelor of Science degree:
I understand how character assassination works, CNN did it to me. They refused to listen to me when I told them that a website which was an old discontinued website was done by a PR person, and they didn’t want to listen to that. They wanted to create the narrative that said I am a false fake liar, and so that’s exactly what they ran.
Ruhle also asked Burns:
As a Christian who doesn’t believe in false Christians or idol, what’s your view on Roy Moore autographing Bibles? Would Jesus do that?
Jesus, the Bible…had the issue of blood, she reached out and she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment,” Burns said. “She never touched Jesus but she touched his hem. In other word, she touched his cloths. It was her faith that healed her. She never touched his body, she touched his cloth. If it increases somebody’s faith, whether it be a piece of cloth, there’s no voodoo or special power in these artifacts. Whether it be a signature—if it increases somebody’s faith to believe Moore and the faith of the lord Jesus Christ, than so be it.
(Source: CNN via YouTube)