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