Phil Bryant says Christianity shapes his world view

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant told a group of students Thursday that Christianity shapes his world view and he’s not apologetic about opposing abortion or putting Nativity scenes on public property.

The Republican spoke at Hartfield Academy, a Christian school in the Jackson suburb Flowood. The school is starting a series of programs for political and business leaders to talk about their faith. Bryant, who is Methodist, was the first speaker, and about 300 students from Hartfield Academy and Christ Covenant School of Ridgeland gathered in the Hartfield gymnasium to hear him.

Wandering back and forth with a wireless microphone, Bryant told the middle school and high school students: “Sometimes, as a Christian, when you try your very best and take a particular position, some people can be very critical of that — maybe not because of a religious standpoint, but some secular beliefs they have. Like, I’m very pro-life. I just believe that that child has a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And I don’t believe you ought to go about destroying those lives.”