GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain (Pic by Gage Skidmore, via Flickr)

Mark Boykin, senior pastor at Church of All Nations in Boca Raton, is calling on GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain to retract his comments “calling for an electrified fence on the country’s border with Mexico that could kill people trying to enter the country illegally.”

A press release issued by Boykin adds:

It is appalling that in this day and age politicians resort to incendiary and cruel comments to pander to voters. Mr. Cain has brushed off his comments as being merely joke and we are not laughing. … Regardless of what side of the immigration issue you happen to be, we need to agree that the issue is a human issue. Mr. Cain was referring to the electrocution and mauling of God’s children. This is not about political correctness, this is about basic humanity.

Boykin, who calls himself a Republican and a conservative, tells The Florida Independent that “it is irresponsible and dangerous for a presidential candidate to espouse that kind of heated rhetoric to a base to try to score points. If this is the template for Mr. Cain’s foreign policy, it is dangerous.”

Boykin says that Cain owes the “entire Hispanic community a retraction and an apology. Can you imagine eletrocuting someone for a civil transgression?”

He defined the Church of All Nations as one with widespread representation from more than 50 nations.

“I know people who have come through Mexico, I know many who have come and overstayed their visa, so I know the hardships these people live through, but to suggest electrocution is beyond anything I’ve ever heard before,” Boykin says. “I subscribe to the law, please understand that. If they want to build a wall, I understand that, but to electrocute people for a civil transgression is just too much.”

“This is about a man who is trying to score points by throwing red meat to I guess the tea party or some extremist group,” Boykin tells the Independent.

Boykin adds: “[Cain] wasn’t joking. When somebody tells a joke, people laugh. When somebody says something in earnest, people clap, and they were clapping and cheering when he said that.”

“If [Cain] suggests he was joking, he is a liar,” Boykin says.

Video of Cain’s “electrified” fence comments:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Bachmann and Pawlenty’s tea party troubles

Last weekend’s tax day tea party rallies in Iowa and South Carolina featured Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann, respectively, and by all accounts, attendance at the events was off. Bachmann carries the tea party mantle, although some activists resent her de facto leadership title, while Pawlenty is having trouble garnering the support of tea partiers even at his own events.

Judge grants Planned Parenthood injunction against Indiana defunding law

After having to temporarily close its doors to thousands of patients, Planned Parenthood of Indiana can now reopen to Medicaid beneficiaries. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood this past week over Indiana's new law aimed at defunding the chain of women's clinics. However, unintended consequences from the law have already put women's health at risk in the state.