Darrell Trigg speaks during the National Day of Prayer observance in Rogersville Thursday. Jeff Bobo photo.
ROGERSVILLE — Among Darrell Trigg's goals if elected president of the United States in 2016 is to change the U.S. Constitution, eliminating "separation of church and state" and replacing that with "union of church and state."
Trigg, who on Wednesday officially announced his candidacy for president, laid out his platform for a crowd of about 100 people at Thursday's National Day of Prayer event in Rogersville.
He has several changes planned for this country if elected, not the least of which is making Christianity the official religion of the United States.
Under Trigg's presidency the Bible will be a mandatory subject for K-12 students in public schools.
Marriage will be re-established as "Holy Matrimony" between a man and woman, gay marriage will be banned, and homosexuality "will not be recognized legally, or any other way."
Adultery will be punishable by jail time and large fines.
Nudity will be banned from the Internet and television, as well as excessive violence, foul language, blasphemy, or any form of homosexuality.
Marijuana will not be legal except for medicinal purposes.
Trigg identifies himself politically as a member of the Christian Party.
"Islam and the Muslims will be more than welcome to worship here as they please," Trigg said. "They'll be loved as brothers and sisters in God's kingdom. But, we have to have a religion to establish the backbone principles of this nation. We want that to be the Christian religion."
Trigg also wants to bring back manufacturing jobs.
"We plan on putting tariffs on imported goods," Trigg said. "Imagine if you go into Morristown tomorrow and every one of those furniture factories are up and running — what that would do to the economy of Morristown. What that would do to our nation."
A Virginia native, Trigg has lived in Rogersville since 1987 with his wife, Lori. He was general manager and chief engineer of Short Mountain Silica in Mooresburg for 25 years and currently owns a professional engineering consulting firm.
"Proverbs 9-10 tells us the fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom," Trigg said. "I'm a little ashamed to say, but a lot of our nation's leaders have forgot what the fear of God is all about."
Other changes Trigg has planned if elected president are: