A North Carolina pastor has been accused of making homophobic comments at a high school graduation ceremony, telling students gay people will go to hell
According to angry parents and students, Pastor Scott Carpenter told graduating students that they would go to hell if they are gay.
“This is bullying. Bullying doesn't have to happen from the back hallway of a school or a back parking lot. It can happen from the pulpit, it can happen from the stage.
“It's a public school. There are children here. I think there should be some level of responsibility of the speaker coming in to not take advantage of a captive audience.”
However, Carpenter has said that he has no regrets because he loves the students “too much to not tell them the truth”:
“Do I hate anybody? Absolutely not….Was I trying to be mean spirited? Absolutely not. Was I trying to hurt somebody's feelings? Absolutely not. I simply had to do what I had to do as a Christian minister.”
Cleveland County Schools have said in future they may be more cautious about the selection process of baccalaureate speakers.
Watch a report on the remarks, AFTER THE JUMP…