If former pastor and GOP House candidate Mark Harris had his way, women would avoid the workplace and serve as “helpers” to their husbands.
Harris defeated incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district and now his sexist rantings are being unearthed.
Rachel Maddow reports that ABC News found a 2013 sermon in which Harris delivered on “God’s plan for biblical womanhood” and the modern difficulties for American women “to live out and fulfill God’s design.”
Here’s an excerpt from Harris’s time as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Charlotte:
“In our culture today, girls are taught from grade school that we tell them 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 our children? Is that the healthiest pursuit for the sexes in our generation?” […]
Harris doubled down on his claim by noting that the “only one title is given to a woman in all of scripture … the title given to a woman is ‘helper.’”
The former pastor did manage to admit that women can excel in the workplace but ultimately they should “understand” their “core calling.”
Maddow points out that Harris hasn’t taken back his statement, instead, clarifying it by adding, “there is no higher calling that a woman has than to be a helper to her husband and mother to her children.”
This begs the question, can a Marine Corps veteran who is now a businessman become the first 9th district Democrats in North Carolina since the 1960s? If you’re heading to the polls in November, vote for Dan McCready.
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