Pastor: Telling Parents to Punch Gay Kids Was a Joke

Wednesday May 2, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE -- A North Carolina pastor says he was joking when he told parents to punch any gay-appearing sons.

The Fayetteville Observer reports Berean Baptist Church pastor Sean Harris was preaching about marriage before next week's vote on a state constitutional amendment that would make marriage between a man and a woman the only legal domestic union in the state.

Harris says he does not advocate hitting children and wishes he could take back a remark encouraging fathers to punch boys who act effeminately. But the Fayetteville pastor says parents should reinforce traditional gender roles in children.

The group Vote For Marriage NC urged church leaders to preach a marriage-themed sermon last Sunday and encourage church members to vote early this week in favor of the constitutional amendment.

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  • , 2012-05-02 19:23:26

    What a disgusting transphobe ugh

  • Unbreakable1, 2012-05-02 19:42:57

    Ignorance and hate are still alive and well in the good ole south.

  • Marc , 2012-05-03 05:13:26

    He wasn’t joking

  • , 2012-05-03 08:54:09

    What an idiot. Always nice to hear teaching hate is alive and well. I don’t approve of violence however I would not loose any sleep over some missing pastor from NC.

  • , 2012-05-03 12:36:45

    he is so ignorant. who encourages child abuse?

  • Beachcomber, 2012-05-03 17:10:58

    And he pretended to be a Christian Love-one-another pastor... that was even funnier!

  • Wayne M., 2012-05-03 18:00:39

    As a teacher, I can tell you that suggesting violence and abuse against children is no joke. Furthermore, this pastor also shows a lot of ignorance about gender roles and identity. First of all, just because a boy/man is Gay does not make him effeminate, nor will a woman be butch just because she is Lesbian. Second of all, trying to enforce traditional gender roles on Transidentified people only increases confusion rather than end it.

  • , 2012-05-03 19:21:29

    How about if we start punching bigoted preachers like this who preach hatred and violence against gays.

  • , 2012-05-03 21:30:23

    This asshole has probably given more blowjobs than I have.

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