Mark Harris, the North Carolina pastor and US Senate candidate captured on video collecting campaign cash ‘love offerings’ from his congregation, has always been open about his desire to demolish all separations of church and state. Harris recently attended an anti-gay meeting hosted by the Family Research Council, which is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. We present this video digest of his animating views and opinions, in his own words.
Harris says that people “choose to be gay.”
Harris uses a bible song to defend racial profiling by law enforcement.
Harris endorses a marriage inequality ballot measure at a 2012 meeting of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Harris explains his economic theology regarding the minimum wage.
Harris tells a tea party rally why he thinks politics and religion are not separate.
To sum up: Pastor Harris believes that God wants him to take Earthly power and ensure that people working for slave wages are forced into parenthood. He excuses hate speech and denialism as religious values. This huckster act makes him wealthy, and it may even make him a United States Senator, but it has nothing to do with freedom of religion. Mike Harris just wants to be free to hate people so he can deny them a living wage, freedom of movement, a happy life, and control of their own bodily organs. Then he acts shocked that anyone would think all of that is too much to ask.
But the animating principle here is that Pastor Harris believes that God wants him to be rich. The separation of church and state stands in the way of his wealth-creation, what with those pesky laws and regulations. He speaks of “job creators” as if he is one, but in fact Harris does not create anything of material value in this world. Rather, he sells people a religious rationalization for their prejudices, and he will gladly take his act to the entire nation if you let him.