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NC Pastor Sean Harris Issues Non-Apology for Telling Parents to Beat Kids Who Seem Gay

Pastor Sean Harris of the Berean Baptist Church, who advised parents in a sermon to punch their sons if they seem "girlish" and "crack" their son's wrists if they seem "limp", has issued a non-apology for the video of his sermon which went viral yesterday:

Seean_harrisSean Harris, pastor of Berean Baptist Church on Glensford Drive, said he does not advocate hitting children and wishes he could take back a remark encouraging fathers to punch boys who act effeminately.

But he defended his belief in the need to reinforce traditional gender roles in children.

"If I had to say it again, I would say it differently, no doubt," Harris said Tuesday. "Those weren't planned words, but what I do stand by is that the word of God makes it clear that effeminate behavior is ungodly. I'm not going to compromise on that."

More from the Fayetteville Observer:

From within the church, Harris said, "the response was, 'Pastor, we know you didn't mean that.'"

"We know when you're saying something seriously and when were supposed to just understand the intent and not the application,' "

Harris said. Harris said in the sermon that same-sex couples are free to live together. He argued Tuesday that there was "not an ounce of hate being communicated in that," but said in the sermon that such couples live together "in the most sick and ungodly way."

After listening to the sermon Tuesday, a divinity professor at Campbell University called it "one of the most disappointing and un-Christ-like diatribes I have ever heard."

Here's what Harris said, if you missed it:

"So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, 'Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,' you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed....Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male."

Harris also advised parents to "reign in" girls who seem 'butch' with similar behavior.

Listen to his disgusting rant again, AFTER THE JUMP..

Previously...
NC Pastor Sean Harris Urges Parents to 'Punch' Their 'Girlish' Sons, Crack Their Limp Wrists: AUDIO [tlrd]

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  1. And the countdown to when Sean Harris comes out begins now.

    Posted by: Brian | May 2, 2012 9:26:51 AM


  2. Personally I think a women living with a man who beats her and molests their kids is sick and disgusting, but hey that's acceptable heterosexuality in MOST of the world.

    Posted by: QJ201 | May 2, 2012 9:43:20 AM


  3. SO...based Pastor Harris' logic ungodly things like limp wrists should be "cracked". That means someone should crack you in your hateful, ungodly mouth.

    Posted by: James | May 2, 2012 9:45:28 AM


  4. ... Campbell University is a Southern Baptist University located in the small town of Buies Creek NC, about 45 minutes north of Fayetteville.

    Posted by: rayrayj | May 2, 2012 9:46:42 AM


  5. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/homophobic-maybe-youre-gay.html?_r=1

    Posted by: franck | May 2, 2012 9:55:32 AM


  6. He's definitely gay and fighting it really hard. Pretty sad.

    Posted by: dearcomrade | May 2, 2012 9:56:14 AM


  7. Does this extend to effiminate acting men? Does he want to punch Marcus Bachmann in the face?

    Posted by: Terry | May 2, 2012 10:04:41 AM


  8. Is pastor Harris trying to say that he only likes butch homosexuals? Someone should tell him he doesn't have to sleep with effeminate guys if he doesn't want to!

    Snark aside, this guy is a piece of work counseling fathers to abuse their sons for their mannerisms. It's clear that there is something that he hates inside himself that he despises. The fact is, he's not the most masculine guy either and I'd bet that deep down, he knows it.

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | May 2, 2012 10:15:39 AM


  9. Ah yes, and a few of his minions/trolls came to his defense on the other thread. He didn't REALLY want anyone beaten. But he did want them to submit, to change. Disgusting pigs, the lot of them.

    Posted by: TJ | May 2, 2012 10:28:55 AM


  10. The man apologizes, but doesn't mean a damn word of it, folks. Pitiful. Here is his favorite Quotes, folks.. This guy is a TOTAL loser... and his kind is VERY dangerous.

    "Quotation: "Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason - I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other - my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything; for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen" (Martin Luther, April 18, 1521 at the Diet of Worms).

    Posted by: Jeanne Williams | May 2, 2012 10:35:49 AM


  11. Another closet case dispensing advice.

    Posted by: J. Alan | May 2, 2012 11:05:28 AM


  12. People who talk like this should be punched in the face repeatedly by everyone all the time.

    Oh I didn't really mean to say that, of course, but I do think that I have the right to express myself forcefully, I won't go back on that.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 2, 2012 11:10:19 AM


  13. I'd beat this sack of sh*t to kingdom come. Here's hoping he gets his.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 2, 2012 11:29:01 AM


  14. A very dangerous, possibly deranged man, who should be carefully monitored by authorities. This is the most un-Christ-like statement made in some time by a man of the cloth. This is naked, vicious hatred of LGBTs under color of religious authority.

    Posted by: My2cents | May 2, 2012 11:45:10 AM


  15. Dear Pastor,
    Phuck you .....I'll have whatever kind of wrist i want and will not be dictated to by your psycho issues.
    Now go back to your toe-tapping toilet.

    Posted by: JackFkTwist | May 2, 2012 11:57:44 AM


  16. LOL

    Posted by: Loc Tran | May 2, 2012 12:05:07 PM


  17. SICK. I'll pray for you, Mr. Harris.

    Posted by: Evan | May 2, 2012 12:14:15 PM


  18. God's word also says that adulterers should be put to death and if angry men outside your house want to have sex with your male guests you should mollify them by giving them your virgin daughters to have fun with. Do you believe that crap too pastor?

    Posted by: Charlie Sommers | May 2, 2012 12:19:34 PM


  19. Wow. I have a close friend who is a pastor, and grew up around other pastors. They are/were always very careful and studious in the writing of their weekly sermons, to make sure they were putting across their ideas in the clearest, and most eloquent, way possible. And this moron just gets up and wings it? "Those weren't planned words." Add "unprofessional" to the lengthy list of negative attributes.

    Posted by: jim | May 2, 2012 4:38:55 PM


  20. Fun, they're choosing sociopaths to lead churches now. Oh, wait...

    Posted by: Tarc | May 2, 2012 4:45:48 PM


  21. Hmmm... and those that already hate Christianity and denounce the name of Christ are making this headline news. Here's a little bit of education for those of you struggling with this being a terrible message: Understand the audience! Clearly this man of God did not say, "Listen up unsaved!!!" No he stood in front of a church that supports him, that allows him to teach them Godly principles and trust that his word is God's Word. They know how he speaks. You as a reader of this for the first time have NO IDEA what he meant. Language is meant to be symbolic, metaphors are used in language all the time. Exaggeration is used on both ends. He speaks for a living people, like all pastors do for that matter. I'm pretty sure he knows how to engage the intended audience. But, if you feel like this is offensive, I pray that you take the conviction in your heart to accept the Truth.

    Posted by: Zach | May 2, 2012 5:12:39 PM


  22. I agree with Zach...its similar to Obama's church that was blasted all over the headlines in 2008 for having a pastor who came off as a psychopath, but we really don't understand the meaning or symbolism of what he was saying because none of us know him or have been to that church. To his followers, it probably seemed normal.

    Posted by: Tabitha | May 2, 2012 5:57:56 PM


  23. "There's no such thing as bad publicity."

    Nobody knew this schmuck's name yesterday.

    Tomorrow, hopefully, he'll be forgotten.

    Can I get an "Amen, brother"?

    Love,

    == Evil Atheist TG/TV/CD Destroyer of Civilization ==

    Posted by: jl@sf.us | May 2, 2012 6:03:48 PM


  24. The members of this church should be looked at to see if there's any signs that they've been beating their kids.

    Posted by: Jesus | May 2, 2012 6:11:45 PM


  25. Ahh the trolls are here zach and tab welcome

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 2, 2012 7:52:52 PM


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