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Pastor suggests parents hit their kids to stop them from being gay

Posted by streetcarman1 on Wed May 2 15:51:00 2012


Pastor suggests parents hit their kids to stop them from being gay

Signs of femininity in young boys must be squashed, he says

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 1:12 PM

A North Carolina pastor appeared to use a recent sermon to encourage parents in his flock to hit the gay out of their kids if they thought the young ones were displaying homosexual tendencies.

Sean Harris, senior pastor of the Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, greenlit parents to punch their kids to "squash like a cockroach" any stereotypically gay behavior.

The website Good As You, which first reported the story, posted a clip of the homophobic sermon online.

"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?" Harris preached in the audio. "And when your daughter starts acting too Butch you rein her in."

Harris told the Fayette Observer that he doesn't actually advocate hitting children, and was just joking in his sermon.

"If I had to say it again, I would say it differently, no doubt," Harris told the paper. "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."

On Sunday, religious leaders around the state preached support for North Carolina's Amendment One, which would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state constitution.

The amendment will come up for a vote on primary election day May 8. Nearly all other Southern states already define marriage as being between one man and one woman in their state constitutions.

While the majority of North Carolinians support the measure, a recent Public Policy Polling poll suggests the opposition is gaining momentum.


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