Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, is planning to rally support for a controversial Republican candidate who has said that women who work are violating “God’s design.”
Local news station WFAE reports that Pence on Friday will join a campaign rally for Mark Harris, a former pastor who has been sharply critical of women who decide to take jobs instead of staying home and supporting their husbands.
In a 2013 sermon, for example, Harris discussed “God’s plan for biblical womanhood” and ranted against “a culture and… an environment that have made it extremely difficult for any woman… to live out and fulfill God’s design.”
Additionally, Harris once lamented that modern women no longer have “basic” skills such as “how to prepare a meal, how to sew on a button, how to keep a home, how to respond to a husband.”
Harris has also talked in the past about his belief that wives should “submit” to their husbands, but he has insisted that doesn’t mean that women are technically inferior to men.
“[Jesus] didn’t consider it wrong to submit himself to the Father,” Harris explained to Roll Call earlier this year.
The rally with Harris and Pence is scheduled just nine days before early voting begins in North Carolina.