In the midst of the Judge Brett Kavanaugh confirmation controversy an Upstate church is publicly endorsing the President’s Supreme Court nominee.
Mountain View Baptist Church in Spartanburg County is using its digital sign to let the world know they stand with Kavanaugh.
Pastor Steven Griffith tells 7News that 51 weeks out of the year, Mountain View Baptist Church uses the digital sign to promote church events and share religious messages. However, with the support of the whole congregation, Griffith made an exception to share a political message.
In bold red, white and blue font “confirm Kavanaugh soon” reads a message on the LED board. It’s one of three messages that’s been flashing on the digital sign owned and operated by Mountain View Baptist Church.
“We just wanted to support him, because we feel like number 1 he’s innocent,” Pastor Griffith said.
“Do you think churches should be taking a political stance?” asked 7News reporter Stefany Bornman.
“Absolutely! I believe they should,” Tom Johnson replied.
Griffith said just like the sign says his congregation stands with the Supreme Court nominee and his family, despite the allegations of sexual assault brought against Judge Kavanaugh.
“We feel like he’s being accused unjustly,” Griffith said.
The pastor says we’ve heard both sides.
“I want to quote Rachel Mitchell, who is the Sex Crimes Prosecutor who questioned Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford. She would not bring criminal charges against Brett Kavanaugh,” Griffith told 7News.
The pastor says his church has made-up their mind and they didn’t want to keep their support for the Judge silent anymore. He feels that those who worship at Mountain View Baptist are expressing what many Americans are feeling about the Kavanaugh confirmation.
“I’m just really… was so upset and bothered by the vicious attack on this nomination.” He said.
However, the pastor tells 7News that’s not to say his church turns a blind eye to sexual assault. “We are totally opposed to that, completely opposed to it! [We] would never put our blessing on it.”
While the sign reads “Pray for Kavanaugh,” Mountain View Baptist is praying for all involved.
“Praying for the victims, praying for the women that have suffered such emotional, hurtful and painful trauma,” Griffith said.
7News asked other local pastors for their opinions.
Father Patrick Tuttle of St. Anthony of Padua sent this response:
“I would prefer not to divide my community any more than they already are on the issue. May truth be the highest value and compassion for any lying be the next.”
Under an executive order signed by President Donald Trump, churches and church leaders are allowed to engage in politics without fear of facing financial threats from the IRS.