Anti-LGBTQ+ Republican official whines that God wants Christians to be led by men

North Carolina lieutenant governor Mark Robinson stands at a podium while wearing a white button up shirt, red tie and blue suit jacket with a red pocket square

North Carolina’s staunchly anti-LGBTQ+ lieutenant governor said that Christians are “called to be led by men” in a lengthy rant before a church congregation.

Mark Robinson – a Republican who is expected to run in 2024 for governor of North Carolina – made the incendiary remarks in May during a speech at a Charlotte-area church. Robinson told churchgoers that God has told him that when he faces adversity that he is supposed to “stand up like a man! M-A-N!”

The Republican offered his own biblical interpretations in the speech and suggested that women should not be in charge, WRAL reported. 

“We are called to be led by men,” he said, getting applause from the crowd. “God sent women out … when they had to do their thing, but when it was time to face down Goliath, [He] sent David. Not Davita, David.”

Robinson added that, in the Bible, God picked “Daddy Moses” – “not Momma Moses” – to lead the Israelites. The Republican, who spoke at the former president’s North Carolina rally in April, urged men to “put on the whole armour of God” and “take the head of your enemy in God’s name”. 

He also condemned people who listen to the “dangerous” doctrine of “social justice instead of listening to the doctrine of Jesus Christ” and that “they will be on their way to Hell”. 

Later in the speech, Mark Robinson told people at the church that God “knew what he was doing when he made men big and hairy and ugly”. 

“It’s because you’re supposed to scare away predators, whether they’re in the woods or standing in front of your kids in elementary school,” he said.

Robinson posted a video on social media Tuesday (7 June) to say his statements about leadership were ‘misinterpreted’. He claimed, in a video titled “Response to Latest Attacks”, that he was just encouraging men to step up into leadership roles. 

He described his mother as the “greatest hero and leader” of his life. As such, he said it was “100 per cent ridiculous” for someone to “insinuate that I don’t believe women could be leaders in their homes, in their communities, in their churches, in their state, in their nation”. 

The far-right lieutenant governor has a history of making controversial comments and anti-LGBTQ+ remarks. 

He faced calls to resign after he described LGBTQ+ people as “filth” during a tirade at a different church in October. Robinson declared that there was “no reason” anybody in the US “should be telling any child” about LGBTQ+ identities. 

Just a short while later, another video surfaced online which showed Robinson ranting once more against the LGBTQ+ community. The Republican told people gathered at the Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, North Carolina, in August that the trans rights movement is “demonic” and “full of the spirit of Antichrist”

He also claimed in a virulently anti-trans tirade that people can’t change “what God put in you, that DNA” even if they “go to the doctor and get cut up”, go to a “dress shop” to “get made up” or “get drugged up”. 

North Carolina lieutenant governor Mark Robinson wears a white button up shirt, red tie, blue suit jacket and red pocket square as he stands at a podium with a sign reading 'Save America' on it. He is gesturing with both his hands in the air and one hand is holding a red towel

North Carolina’s Mark Robinson has a long history of making anti-LGBTQ+ remarks. (Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty)

Robinson also condemned schools for teaching kids about LGBTQ+ identities and said educational institutions are “dragging” children “down into the pit of Hell”. 

In November, Robinson was caught on camera once again making disparaging comments about queer people. He questioned the “purpose” of being gay before saying that straight people are “superior” to gay people.

Robinson claimed a gay man once asked him: “So, you think your wife and you – you think your heterosexual relationship is superior to my husband and my homosexual relationship?”

He responded “yes” and said straight people are “superior because they can do something these [gay] people can’t do”. The Republican also compared being gay to “what the cows leave behind” as well as maggots and flies. 


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