Monday, August 22, 2016

#1708: Mark Harris

We’re getting a bit tired by local, angry, delusional, petty and bigoted anti-gay loons, but yes: Here is another one. Rev. Mark Harris, of Charlotte’s First Baptist Church, helped organize (with Ron Baity) and finance the campaign to pass North Carolina’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions in 2012 (he was firmly opposed to the idea that gay people are “fine and dandy” or should be regarded as normal). Harris emphasized that the Amendment One campaign wasn’t just about marriage but about attacking the gay community, which he (his wife Beth, in fact) put in the same category as Nazis and eugenicists; people are moreover gay as a result of sexual abuse, and supporters of the “gay agenda” (like Oprah Winfrey and Katy Perry) are warping the minds of children. Harris is the kind of guy who laments the absence of true Christians (i.e. opponents of gay marriage) in the marriage equality debates, and complains that no one is speaking up, so he has called for his congregation to “come out of the closet” as Christians, even if they may face some persecution.

In 2013 he even made a US Senate run, because – but of course – Godhad told him to do it. Despite the support he claimed to have recruited he lost pretty badly.

Diagnosis: Delusional, deranged and bigoted; yeah, another one.

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