On Saturday, the North Carolina Faith & Freedom Coalition will host a “Salt & Light Conference” where members of Congress, several North Carolina state legislators, the state’s lieutenant governor, and various candidates for office will share the stage with right-wing pastor and unhinged conspiracy theorist Greg Locke.
Republican Reps. Ted Budd and Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina are both listed as confirmed speakers, as are Erin Paré, David Willis, Vikki Sawyer, and Ted Alexander, all of whom are members of the North Carolina state legislature. Phil Berge, president pro tempore of the state Senate, and Tim Moore, speaker of the state House, will address the crowd. Pat McCrory, the former governor of North Carolina who is now running for the U.S. Senate, and Mark Walker, a former congressman who is likewise running for the Senate, are also listed as speakers, as is Paul Newby, the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, and Mark Robinson, the state’s lieutenant governor.
The North Carolina Faith & Freedom Coalition is a state affiliate of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, a religious-right organization found by right-wing activist Ralph Reed, who will be in attendance and sharing the stage with the likes of Mike Huckabee and Christian nationalist pastor Robert Jeffress.
Other speakers include actor Kevin Sorbo, former professional wrestler Ted DiBiase, viciously anti-gay pastor Patrick Wooden, “birther” conspiracy theorist and former sheriff Joe Arpiao, right-wing radio host E.W. Jackson, and Trump-loving pastor Mark Burns.
It is concerning that Locke, who seems to have photoshopped the official flyer to make his participation more prominent, will be sharing the stage with myriad elected Republican officials and candidates despite his well-documented history of using his pulpit to promote outrageous conspiracy theories.
Right-wing pastor Greg Locke used his sermon today to allege that there are child-trafficking “tunnels” under the Capitol and White House and accuse Joe Biden, Oprah Winfrey, and Tom Hanks of being “a bunch of pedophiles.” pic.twitter.com/hYC864ir8a
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) June 27, 2021
Just a normal Sunday at Global Vision Bible Church as right-wing pastor Greg Locke literally screams at his congregation “do not get vaccinated” while saying that only “crack-smoking, demon-possessed leftists” think Biden is the legitimate president. pic.twitter.com/humGnQnBoC
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) August 1, 2021
Radical right-wing pastor Greg Locke says that while he’s accused of being a media whore, “it’s better than being Kamala Harris’ whore.” He also called for Nancy Pelosi to be arrested: “Try that wicked Jezebel for treason.” pic.twitter.com/HedUc4s0KI
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) August 3, 2021
Radical right-wing pastor Greg Locke declares that if anyone in his congregation shows up to church wearing a mask, he’ll kick them out. pic.twitter.com/9TUktdr3av
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) July 25, 2021
Right-wing pastor Greg Locke declares that Biden is a liar, an imposter, a false prophet, and an illegitimate president whose presidency is demonic and false. pic.twitter.com/u3z5scl7DW
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) January 25, 2021