Mark Harris, above, the Republican candidate in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, can expect few votes from Jews and Muslims in today’s mid-term elections after it was revealed that the former Southern Baptist minister insisted that the Judaism and Islam must submit to Jesus.
Harris, a homophobe and misogynist who one claimed that homosexuality is a “chosen lifestyle” and that women “must submit” to their husbands, said in a 2011 sermon after a visit to Israel:
You cannot be in that land, as powerful and as moving as it is, without realizing the incredible tension that is constantly in that land between the Palestinians and the Jews. There will never be peace in Jerusalem until the day comes that every knee shall bow, every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Jesus, when he went into Jerusalem, said, ‘I am the vine. I am the true vine,’ and until those that are called in Islam realize that and until those that are called in Judaism realize that, for that matter, until those that are caught in the religion of Christianity and are missing the personal relationship with Jesus Christ, realize that, there’ll never be peace in their soul or peace in their city.
Harris defeated three-term Republican Representative Robert Pittenger in a May primary and today (Tuesday) faces Democrat Dan McCready. The race for North Carolina’s 9th District is currently a toss-up, according to CNN.
As senior pastor of Charlotte’s First Baptist Church, Harris claimed in sermons that Islam was “dangerous”.
This report adds that, in a November 2010 sermon, Harris discussed the Bible’s Book of Revelation and related its dark prose about the devil to Islam and modern events.
There is a satanic trinity of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. Satan is always a counterfeit. Listen to me, that is why the religion of Islam is so dangerous. It is the great counterfeit of our generation.
In another sermon the same year, Harris said countries under Islamic rule:
Bow down to the image of the Beast.
In 2013 and 2014, he said women should “submit” to their husbands. In 2015, he blamed “homosexuality” for causing a nation “floundering in moral decay.” And he tried to ban same-sex marriage.
If he wins the general election against McCready, he would have even more power to strip the LGBTQ community of their rights and protections.
North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District has been solidly Republican in House elections since 1962. In late October, President Donald Trump held a rally in Charlotte to stump for Harris.
The most recent poll shows the race in a statistical tie, with Harris leading McCready by 1% point.
Update: Harris defeated McCready.