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Charlotte Clergy Rally to Denounce Sexist and Homophobic Rhetoric of Rev. Mark Harris

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August 28, 2018

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Kahran Myers, kmyers@faithinpubliclife.org, (727)742-5193

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Charlotte Clergy Rally to Denounce Sexist and Homophobic Rhetoric of Rev. Mark Harris

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On Thursday, August 30th at 11:00 a.m., faith and community leaders will gather at the Marshall Park fountain to denounce sexist and homophobic rhetoric of Rev. Mark Harris, former pastor of Charlotte's First Baptist Church.

 

In a 2013 sermon, Harris discusses "God's plan for biblical womanhood" and argues that society "created a culture and created an environment that have made it extremely difficult for any woman…to live out and fulfill God's design."

 

In 2012, Harris helped lead the effort to pass North Carolina’s Amendment 1, which amended the state constitution to ban marriage between same-sex couples. In 2016, he likewise campaigned for HB2, North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill” that mandated discrimination against transgender people.

 

WHAT:

Faith leaders denounce Rev. Mark Harris’s sexist and homophobic remarks

 

WHEN:

Thursday, August 30th at 11:00 a.m.

 

WHERE:

Marshall Park Fountain

800 E 3rd St,

Charlotte, NC 28202

 

WHO:
Rev. Melissa McQueen, Many Voices
Rev. Amantha Barbee, Statesville Avenue Presbyterian Church
Rev. Glencie Rhedrick, First Baptist Church-West
Rev. Nancy Ellet Allison, Holy Covenant UCC
Faith leaders and community members

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