North Carolina congressional candidate Mark Harris, a former Baptist pastor, believes women are second class citizens, because the Bible tells him so.
Harris, who won North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District GOP primary in May, believes that women should serve their husbands, because
Only one title is given to a woman in all of scripture… the title given to a woman is ‘helper.’
In a 2013 sermon, Harris, then pastor of Charlotte’s First Baptist Church, spoke about “God’s plan for biblical womanhood,” and the modern difficulties for American women “to live out and fulfill God’s design.”
In his sermon Harris questioned whether a career was the “healthiest pursuit” for women, while insisting that the Bible clearly states that a woman has one title, and one title only: “helper.”
The following is a brief excerpt from that controversial and misogynistic sermon:
In our culture today, girls are taught from grade school … that what is most honorable in life is a career, and their ultimate goal in life is simply to be able to grow up and be independent of anyone or anything.
But nobody has seemed to ask the question that I think is critically important to ask: Is that a healthy pursuit for society? Is that the healthiest pursuit for our homes? … Is that the healthiest pursuit for the sexes in our generation?
A spokesperson for Harris defended the offensive comments, noting:
… Mark absolutely stands by his personal statements and his admonition to young ladies … to remember there is no higher calling than to be a mother and wife…
Dan McCready is the Democrat running against Harris. In a statement, McCready said that Harris is “out of step,” declaring:
… men and women are equally valuable and equally capable and should be treated as such in their homes, careers, and in society. Mr. Harris’ comments suggest otherwise. This is just another example of how out of step Mr. Harris is — not just with this district but with this century.
Democrat Dan McCready is right. And let’s be honest, there is nothing more obnoxious than some old man hiding behind the Bible while telling women what they should or should not do with their lives.
Bottom line: North Carolina congressional candidate Mark Harris, a former Baptist pastor, and a Republican, believes that women are second class citizens, because the Bible tells him so.
And the Republican war on women continues.