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posted Friday, May 4, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 18
NC pastor: Beat the Gay out of your kids, but don't bruise them
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NC pastor: Beat the Gay out of your kids, but don't bruise them

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Baptist pastor who told parents to beat their Gay children now says he was misunderstood.

Sean Harris, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, was preaching about marriage and the upcoming vote on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, when he launched into a diatribe about permissive parents.

The 55-minute sermon was captured on video, and a part of it was posted on several blogs, going viral within hours.

Parents who see boys dressing like girls without 'squashing that like a cockroach' are neglecting their duty, Harris said.

'Can I make it any clearer?' he continued. 'Dads, the second you see that son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give them a good punch. OK?'

Laughter and a few shouts of 'Amen' can be heard in response.

Harris also urged parents of girls who are 'acting too butch' to make them 'walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl.'

The sermon outraged LGBT rights activists and religious leaders alike.

'I feel like we have our very own Westboro Baptist Church right here in Fayetteville,' said Storm Silvermane, president of the Alliance, an LGBT rights group in North Carolina.

After listening to the video, Campbell University divinity professor Tony Cartledge called it 'one of the most disappointing and un-Christ-like diatribes I have ever heard.'

'I would not dishonor the word 'sermon' by identifying it as such,' Cartledge said.

Campbell is a Baptist university, but Cartledge said Berean Baptist appears to be an independent congregation.

'We must be careful not to assume that every Baptist, or even everyone who believes homosexual behavior to be sinful, would endorse Harris' over-the-top promotion of beating Gay tendencies out of their children,' Cartledge said.

'At the same time, we have to state unequivocally that Harris' position presents a distorted view of scripture that is completely out of keeping with the teachings of Jesus.'

By May 1, Harris was backing away from his remarks.

Harris said that Berean Baptist has a code of parental discipline on its website, supported by biblical references, that endorses spanking but he added that 'we reject the idea that bruising is ever the objective when disciplining a child.'

'If I had to say it again, I would say it differently, no doubt,' he told Fayetteville Observer reporters.

'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 also said he was getting 'abusive' phone calls and emails once the sermon went viral. He polled his church staff and the congregation to gauge their response, he said.

According to Harris, 'the response was, 'Pastor, we know you didn't mean that. We know when you're saying something seriously and when we're supposed to just understand the intent and not the application.'

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