posted on May 3, 2012, at 12:49 PMBest Opinion: Jezebel, Baptists Today, Journal Sentinel
A North Carolina pastor, Sean Harris, is facing an angry backlash after
telling members of his flock to punch their sons if they show signs of
being gay. In a Sunday sermon at Berean Baptist Church in Fayatteville,
Harris said: "The second you see your son dropping that limp wrist, you
walk over there and crack that wrist." Harris, who was preaching on
marriage ahead of next week's state-wide vote on the Amendment One
gay-marriage ban, continued: "Man up. Give him a good punch." After his
words were posted on several blogs (see the clip below), Harris
apologized for his comments, saying he was making a misguided attempt to
"What I do stand by is that the word of God makes it clear that
effeminate behavior is ungodly," Harris said. "I'm not going to
compromise on that."
The reaction: This is "a dreadful new low" for the anti-gay-marriage crowd, says Cassie Murdoch at Jezebel.
Not only does this "sick" preacher advocate trying to beat the gayness
out of children, but his hateful flock actually titters at his tirade.
"Really, people of God?" Hold on, says Tony Cartledge at Baptists Today.
"Not every person who supports Amendment One, nor all who believe
homosexual behavior to be sinful" endorse Harris' extremist views. "His
pompous and poisonous words are an affront to Christ and the people
Christ loves." Yes, but Harris is far from alone, says James Causey at the Milwaukee, Wisc., Journal Sentinel.
Plenty of macho, supposedly righteous men try to "beat the gay" away to
get their boys to "man up," and their butch girls to act girlish. "Now
you wonder why young people have a problem coming out?" Listen to
Harris' sermon for yourself
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