North Carolina Republican Mark Harris, a former Baptist preacher now running for Congress in the state’s 9th District, has said in the past that peace in the Middle East will be possible only when Muslims and Jews have converted to Christianity, according to Newsweek.
> The sermons made during Harris’ tenure as pastor at Charlotte’s First Baptist Church were first reported by CNN’s K-File on Friday.
> Following a trip to Jerusalem in 2011, he said that there would be no peace between until Israelis and Palestinians until Jews and Muslims converted to Christianity.
> “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 preached.
Harris also preached that Islam is a “dangerous” religion and promoted conspiracy theories alleging that Muslims are plotting to destroy Europe and the U.S. by altering their demographic makeup, Newsweek reported.
> “There is a satanic trinity of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet. Satan is always a counterfeit,” Harris said in a November 2010 sermon, according to CNN. “Listen to me, that is why the religion of Islam is so dangerous. It is the great counterfeit of our generation.”
Harris is locked in a tight race with Democrat Dan McReady, after defeating three-term GOP representative Robert Pittenger in May.