‘I don’t believe in the Bible’: Atheist tells Vice he believes in God
A devout Mormon, who once lived in the U.S. and became a Christian, has accused Vice President Mike Pence of “totally and utterly” making a mockery of the Bible by trying to make it seem that the Bible doesn’t actually exist.
In an interview with Vice News, Joe Turok, who now lives in South Carolina, described Pence’s campaign as “a parody” of the religious right, adding that he’s seen “a lot of these pastors go to jail.”
“He’s trying to use the Bible to try to make a mockery,” Turoksaid.
“I don, at all, believe in it.”
“If I had a son, I’d want him to be a Christian,” Turlock continued.
“If I could pick the most powerful guy in the world, it would be Mike Pence.”
Turok’s comments come amid a recent spate of controversy around Pence’s views on gay marriage and his plans to ban abortions.
Pence has defended his stances on issues like gay marriage, calling them “evangelical” and arguing that they “should be part of our Constitution.”
But Turocks remarks came just days after the vice president’s former running mate, Indiana Gov.
Mike Pence, endorsed the anti-abortion group NARAL Pro-Choice America.
The Vice President has also faced criticism from anti-choice groups over his past comments about abortion, as well as his recent comments to a group of evangelical pastors that he thinks “God created women” and that “women have the right to choose.”
Turlock said he felt the need to come out publicly on his views on the Bible after seeing the Vice President’s recent remarks.
“I think it’s kind of interesting, because it was kind of a surprise to me that they’re trying to get into the Bible, but I was kind aghast,” he said.
“When I saw the Vice-President’s speech on the other side, it was just like, wow, this guy’s just totally and utterly making a joke out of the entire Bible.”
Turk told Vice that he once lived for four years in Utah, where he met and married a woman who was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an early Christian denomination.
Turock said he believes that his relationship with the woman ended in divorce.
Turoks faith has also been tested in recent months, when a number of Mormons were banned from attending the LDS church after they were found to have a sexual orientation.
He said he has been a member since 1984.
Turlocks family also was forced to move to Utah when he was 13, but he said he is now an active Mormon and has found his way back into the fold.
“When I left the church, I was able to get baptized,” Tirok said.
“My dad’s a Mormon.
He doesn’t practice, he doesn’t have a church, he’s not even a member.
He’s just a regular Mormon.
I had to move back to Utah.””
I’m a member,” he continued.”
But I’m not a follower, either.
I’m still very much a Mormon.”
Tirrok, whose parents were both Mormons, said he “believed in a lot of things,” including the Mormon Church, but has “never really embraced” the faith.
Turbk said he’s since discovered a “big part of the faith is that you’re a good person and that you have faith in God,” but that he believes there’s room for people who aren’t “good people” in Mormonism.
“You don’t have to be perfect,” TURLOCK said.
He added that the Mormon faith is “very inclusive, and I’m a Mormon and I’ve been through that.”
“So I don’t know why you’re trying so hard to paint it in a way that it doesn’t exist,” he added.
“There’s room to be more inclusive and I think we have to do that.
I think it should be part [of our Constitution].”
Vice President Mike Donald Trump, who won the 2016 presidential election with more votes than any other candidate in history, has continued to promote the church in recent weeks.