McCrory prays as religious group leader bashes gays, claims U.S. “deserves judgment” (Video)

Despite having attempted to distance himself from newspaper advertising for a conservative Christian event that featured his image and the words: “Come Join me in a time of worship, prayer, fasting and repentance,” Gov. Pat McCrory did show up and speak at a Saturday event in Charlotte organized by a far right religious group known as the American Renewal Project which argues that the United States is a “Christian nation.”

McCrory used his few minutes on the stage to talk about substance abuse and to ask the people who were in attendance to join in the effort to combat the problem.  “We need your help because government cannot do this alone, you can do it, God can do it,” the Governor stated.

What was weirdest and most disturbing about McCrory’s appearance, however, was the spectacle of several middle aged men crowding around the Governor to lay their hands on him and dispense statements of hate and fear masquerading as “prayer.” Click the video below to watch as a fellow who appears to be American Renewal Project founder David Lane making several remarkable claims, including:

  • that the United States is “a nation founded on the Bible,”
  • that “fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,”
  • that the U.S. committed the great sin of removing “prayer and Bibles from the public schools in 1963 after 350 years as a principal component, as the fixed point in order to judge society,”
  • that safe, legal abortion has left “55 million babies dead,”
  • that “homosexuals praying at the inauguration” and “red ink as far as the eye can see” were among the other great sins afflicting the country.

For this, Lane said, the United States “deserves judgment.” He then called on attendees to pray for McCrory and made several other offensive claims — including that the U.S. is a nation that was “founded for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” Click below to watch:



  1. casey

    September 28, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    As you stated, the gentleman on the left is David Lane. & are articles on Lane. is a listing of RWW posts about him. He generally tries to maintain a low profile but his religious views are certainly extreme. He is particularly fond of Mike Huckabee. Coincidentally, Reverend Mark Harris (behind Governor McCrory) was just announced as Huckabee for President’s NC Chair & Huckabee endorsed Harris for Senate last year.

    The gentleman on the right is Doug Stringer. He tries to present himself as their (relatively) rational public face by downplaying their extremist views. But it still slips out, of course. is a list of RWW articles about him.

    The people behind the event were espousing strong Dominionist views. The speakers were extremely anti-gay. They condescendingly prayed for Israel (& for the mass conversion of Jews) in order to fulfill their own Christian prophecies related to the Second Coming. It was bizarre. The event had a low turnout & the vast majority of seats were empty. However, many of the people there seemed to be quite enthusiastic about displaying how moved by the Holy Spirit they were.

  2. Pertains!

    September 28, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    No separation of church and state in NC
    Felt very staged like they were going to ask for people to send donations.

  3. Cortland Richmond

    September 29, 2015 at 10:30 am

    “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy.
    “Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it.…

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