Det Bowers, one of several Republicans running against Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the GOP primary, once blamed women for causing most divorces because they love their children more than their husbands.
According to Politico.com, Bowers made this claim during a sermon he preached at the Christ Church of the Carolinas in Columbia, S.C., where he was a pastor from August 2000 until May 2012.
The audio download (below) of the sermon has been removed from the church website, but Politico.com got a copy and posted it online.
“I find that in about 95 percent of broken marriages, though the husband’s the one that ran out on his wife, the wife loves her children more than she does her husband,” Bowers preached. “That is an abominable idolatry.”
“Do you hear me ladies?" asked Bowers. "It is an abominable idolatry to love your children more than you love your husband, and it will ruin your marriage. And yet you blame it on him because he ran off with some other woman! He did run off with some other woman, and you packed his bags. All of his emotional bags, you packed for him. Is that true in every case? No, but it’s true in the vast preponderance of them."
“You just ran him off," claimed Bowers. "You paid more attention to your children than you did to him. ‘Oh, he doesn’t need me?’ He needs you more than they do. He chose you, they didn’t. An abominable idolatry.”
Bowers refused to answer questions from Politico.com, but did release a statement:
I wholeheartedly believe family is one of the cornerstones of our nation. As a pastor, steering my flock away from the destruction of the sacred union between husband and wife, mother and father, is one of my most important responsibilities — and a duty I will never shy away from. In this instance, I simply shared with the congregation the information I received from the couples I counseled.
According to CNN, Bowers is a former Democrat who supported Michael Dukakis for president in 1988, but has conservative credibility because of his pro-life and anti-immigration stands.
Bowers has attacked what he calls Sen. Graham’s support for “amnesty,” which is a conservative dog-whistle word for immigration reform.