NC Pastor: Gay Kids Just Need A Good Punch

Jim Burroway

May 2nd, 2012

Jeremy Hooper at Good As You yesterday posted audio of Pastor Sean Harris, who spoke at a North Carolina event supporting that state’s proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage (and all other relationships, gay or straight, outside of marriage). Harris told the “Marriage Sunday” rally that if parents suspect their kids might be gay, they should “give him a good punch”:

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. And when your daughter starts acting to Butch you reign her in. And you say, “Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.”

You can hear the audio at Good As You. Today, the Fayetteville Observer reports that the Berean Baptist Church pastor was “joking” when he made those remarks. However

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.”

Harris claims that he “would never ever advocate” hitting a child, except for when he would. He had also said in the same sermon that same-sex couples who live together do so “in the most sick and ungodly way.” But Harris told The Observer that there was “not an ounce of hate being communicated in that.”

Whatsamatter? Can’t you feel the love?

Charles

May 2nd, 2012

Good Lord, why doesn’t this preacher man- up and confess to what his is preaching.

Blake

May 2nd, 2012

Ugh… reminds me of Pedro Jones: http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-riverside-babysitter-charged,0,1999838.story

and this rash of sad cases: http://abcnews.go.com/US/childs-death-sheds-light-biblical-disciplinary-teachings/story?id=14897901#.T6FUc9krIoE

I’m quick to defend these fools because they’re often misunderstood from our perspective, but this is beyond the pale. Beat your children into gender roles? I’m sure it got a laugh but I doubt he was joking.

Blake

May 2nd, 2012

The full surmon is up right now. I’m watching it but someone with some savvy please make some copies: http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopupvideo.asp?SID=42912940300

I doubt it’ll be up long.

I found it via: http://www.baptiststoday.org/cartledge-blog/2012/5/1/read-it-and-weep-or-worse.html

jerry

May 2nd, 2012

More white trash preying on the public.

MsRowena

May 2nd, 2012

He’s already issued his non-apology, now that the dog whistle is out there. What’s truly awful is he is apparently employed at some Baptist “academy” where he teaches 7th and 10th graders. Who knows what horrible message he’s sending those poor innocent kids, some of whom, no doubt, are gay? Google him and Berean Baptist Academy

Gene in L.A.

May 2nd, 2012

As long as Jeremy Hooper keeps repeating his message, with or without the “good punch,” he is not “good as you.” He is a hateful religionist tyrant.

Lucrece

May 2nd, 2012

LOL, Gene, try reading the post again. Your first read wasn’t close to good.

Snowman

May 2nd, 2012

I think this guy needs a taste of what he’s preaching, see how he likes getting treated that way and if he still wants to talk like that after.

What the hell kind of sick mother frakker would advocate beating up your own kid?

Beltran

May 2nd, 2012

Ok. This is just sick and twisted.

David

May 2nd, 2012

I don’t think I will ever be able to forget how, when I was 14, my dad reached across the dinner table and, out of the blue, hit me in the face, hard, because he “didn’t like the expression on my face.” That was 45 years ago. At least my dad sought some help after that.

I think that the only thing that will get through to fundies like this is if they personally have to pay a price. Unfortunately, that price may be their own children committing suicide.

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