The Republican Party of North Carolina’s nominee for a U.S. House of Representatives seat is an ordained pastor who was recorded just three years ago longing for the days when “homosexuality was once criminalized.” Mark Harris, who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2016 but lost the nomination, also insisted that being Christian in America is illegal.
“Come Celebrate Freedom, Liberty, & One Nation Under God,” the advertisement for “a rally celebrating our Constitution and religious liberty” read. Pastor Harris was among the top speakers listed.
At that 2015 event, as Media Matters reports, Harris “complained that the nation is ‘floundering in moral decay,’ explaining in part that ‘we have watched in one generation where homosexuality was once criminalized to now we see the criminalization of Christianity.’”
Harris was recently in the news for comments he made in 2014, when he said that wives should submit to their husbands, “because the Lord ordained it.”
Also in 2014, when he was one of the top religious leaders advocating for North Carolina’s Amendment One, an anti-same sex ballot measure, Harris said of marriage equality and its supporters: “It’s not love, expressed to anybody, to just ignore their sin. It’s not love, toward anybody, to say, ‘I’m OK, you’re OK, do whatever you feel like doing. It’s not love and it’s certainly not wishing them peace.”
Harris, who has been endorsed by Mike Huckabee has raised only about a third of the money his Democratic opponent, Dan McCready, has for the election in November.