North Carolina congressional candidate Mark Harris (R) said in a 2015 speech that the United States had descended into “moral decay” and cited as one of several examples that “we have watched in one generation where homosexuality was once criminalized to now we see the criminalization of Christianity,” according to video found by Media Matters.
North Carolina congressional nominee Mark Harris (R) “on multiple occasions — as a preacher and political candidate — has said that women should submit fully to their husbands and that he believed homosexuality is a choice,” Roll Call reports.
Harris faces Dan McCready (D), “a Marine veteran and business owner, in this once-thought safe Republican district that stretches along the South Carolina border from the wealthy suburbs of Charlotte to Fayetteville.”
A new Civitas poll in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district finds Dan McReady (D) leading Mark Harris (R) by seven points, 43% to 36%.
Said pollster Donald Bryson: “This race has all the indications of being a nail-biter into November, but Republicans should be concerned with a negative 7-point spread in a district that has an R+7 rating.”
Harris has questioned whether careers were appropriate for women.
Mark Harris (R), who won the GOP nomination in North Carolina 9th congressional district, once delivered a religious sermon questioning whether it was the “healthiest pursuit” for women to prioritize their careers in lieu of their biblical “core calling,” ABC News reports.
In one portion of Harris’ sermon, he tells parishioners that “only one title is given to a woman in all of scripture… the title given to a woman is ‘helper.'”
He then quoted from the Epistle of Paul to Titus, reading, “The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior… that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God not be blasphemed.”