‘Government health care draws sick people away from God’
That’s the view of Dr Mark Green, above, a God-besotted state senator in Tennessee who could soon become Trump’s new US Army Secretary.
In 2015, Green told a church group:
I see our sort of government-based assistance taking God out of the picture. If you look at the Gospels and you go and study the Gospels, every person who came to Christ came to Christ with a physical need. It was either hunger or a disease.
He lamented the fact that that citizens in the United States now rely instead on the government to assist them, thus limiting the role of Christian churches to help the afflicted.
The person who’s in need … they look to the government for the answer, not God, and I think in that way government has done an injustice that’s even bigger than just the creation of an entitlement welfare state … I think it interrupts the opportunity for people to come to a saving knowledge of who God is.
He said that he hoped to personally set up free healthcare clinics at churches throughout Tennessee. Green is President/CEO of Align MD, an emergency department staffing company with businesses in five Southeastern states and he:
Actually treated Saddam Hussein on the night of his capture.
The Washington Examiner said:
His comments shed more light on the conservative religious views that have brought Green, a physician and former Army flight surgeon, under fire from Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill and a growing segment of progressive advocacy groups in advance of his Senate confirmation hearings.
Green has also spoken out against gay marriage, transgender bathroom rights and the teaching of Islam in public schools, which are all potential lightning rods for controversy when it comes to being confirmed as the Army’s top civilian leader.
Top Democrats have called his past statements “disgusting” as well as “extreme and deeply disturbing,” and a variety of advocacy groups have urged the Senate to reject his nomination due to what they deem homophobia, transphobia and Islamophobia.
Mikey Weinstein, President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said he was alarmed by the comments and that they were more proof that Green was unfit to be the Army Secretary.
Green would likely view soldiers through the “prism of his religious views” and single out those who do not fit in with this faith, Weinstein said.
The military allowed gay troops to serve openly in 2011 and last year permitted service by transgender troops.