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    "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." II Corinthians 3:17





Mark Clayton: A Committed Christian and Proud Patriot Standing for Universal Personhood and Unlimited Rights of Conscience

Mark Clayton is the first-born and only son of the late Jack Kirby (1939-2004) and Janith Lucille Clayton (1943-1992). Jan, a Christian school teacher, instilled a sense of moral duty into Mark. Jack Clayton enthusiastically taught Mark how to research and lobby while encouraging him to learn and tie together the four critical points: law, religion, history, and economics. He encouraged Mark to continuously develop his skills and to use an ever-strengthening knowledge of the four points to defend the liberty of individuals from wayward government policies.

From 1977 until his sudden death in 2004, Jack Clayton lobbied Congress for the American Association of Christian Schools and later both independently and for Public Advocate of the United States for a total of twenty-seven years. Mark's family is perhaps best remembered nationally for the time his father single-handedly lobbied through the Ashbrook-Dornan amendment in 1981. The amendment stopped the government from taxing Christian schools while also saving Christian schools from having to pay money they did not have for special scholarships. Without the Ashbrook-Dornan amendment, many Christian schools may not have survived.

Perhaps the most important lesson which Mark's parents taught him was the superiority of the idea of rights of conscience versus mere tolerance. Whereas tolerance presumes that authority grants license to ideas, the idea of rights of conscience presumes that there is no higher authority than that of conscience before Almighty God. Therefore, earthly power has no claim to authority above the dictates of conscience. Conscience constitutes the highest law, and liberty is derived from following conscience, and not merely accepting being tolerated by a power. However, conscience is not to be confused with license.

Just before graduating high-school in 1995, Mark enlisted to become an aircraft electrician in one of the Army Reserve's last remaining aviation units.

While fulfilling his voluntary reserve enlistment, Mark transferred to Florida's Pensacola Christian College where he graduated with a BA in Prelaw in 2002. In addition to having lobbied Washington on anti-terrorism and in defense of families prior to this time, Mark returned to Washington D.C. for the summer of 2001 to help with the American's for Trade Defense project, founded by William J. Gill. Mark and Gill continued in this endeavor for the next two years.





Mark Clayton, second from left, with his Army Reserve pals at Fort Stewart, Georgia




Mark moved to Tennessee shortly after graduating college only to lose his friend Gill in September 2003 and his father only a few months later in February. The cumulative loss was crushing, causing Mark to abort an active plan to return to the military. Instead, Mark bought his house and eventually adopted a series of three big yellow dogs, the last of which he still has.

After a time of personal reevaluation, Mark began to focus on his Christian belief, studying how recent textual discoveries help shed light on and further prove our Christian faith, in part reading Theodore Letis, Lawrence H. Shiffman, Kathleen Kenyon, and R. H. Charles, among others. Although Mark holds a "live and let live" attitude toward his neighbors, he also continues to hold a strong personal belief that eternal truth is found in scripture.

Mark is the volunteer Vice President of a non-partisan, pro-family group called Public Advocate of the United States. Public Advocate of the United States is very popular in Tennessee and promotes traditional marriage between only a man and a woman and is the top Defender of the Boy Scouts. Democrats and Republicans alike have in recent years joined a growing chorus of applause for Mark's work as Vice President of Public Advocate of the United States to promote mainstream family values which work in real life.

Because of Mark's tireless efforts to protect the rights of parents and mainstream values, Mark has made many friends in Tennessee politics. Although Public Advocate of the United States is based in the Washington, DC area, Mark's position as Vice President is unpaid and as a volunteer, and Mark serves for Public Advocate remotely where he lives, right here in Tennessee.

For the past decade Mark has spent his life in Tennessee where he has many close friends who count him as family, and since his position as a volunteer Vice President for Public Advocate of the United States is unpaid, Mark spends most of his time working normal jobs just like everybody else and living at his house with his dog.

In addition to his senate campaign, Mark works in insurance, a moving van line, as well as a flooring installer. Mark, now thirty-six, lives in a ninety-two year-old farmhouse outside Nashville with his dog, Saint.











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