In a recent sermon, North Carolina Pastor Sean Harris made a few comments that have sparked controversy. Some were without a doubt offended by what Pastor Sean Harris initially called advice. Now that the mass media and overall public have slashed out at him, Pastor Sean Harris says he made a joke and retracted his previous anti gay comments.
For those of you who haven’t followed the story, Pastor Sean Harris of the Berean Baptist Church held a sermon recently advising parents to slap and punch their kids if they show any signs of gay behavior. The terms used are not exactly easy on the ear, with Sean Harris even using the term “squash like a cockroach”.
“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? And when your daughter starts acting too Butch you rein her in” said the Pastor.
Basically, from Pastor Sean Harris’s point of view, when your kid seems effeminate or to boyish it’s high time to smack the “gay” out of them. It goes without saying that the Pastor’s message went viral over the internet, with bloggers and mass media sources slashing out at him. At the same time, if some were offended by what Harris said during the sermon, others found his pro-children cruelty comments to be too harsh.
After everybody went crazy over his recent sermon and parenting advice, Pastor Sean Harris said he made a joke. In a statement released to the Fayette Observer, the bold and controversial Sean Harris said he “would never ever advocate” punching children, but added that he stands by his opinion that “effeminate behavior is ungodly. I’m not going to compromise on that”.
The said joke made by Pastor Sean Harris was meant to raise awareness and get people to vote no for the same-sex marriage law proposal. With Harris’s recent blunder, it’s likely that support for the anti-gay marriage amendment is going to hit a new low. The Amendment 1 in discussion is going to redefine marriage and state that it is a partnership between one man and one woman, thus making same-sex partnerships illegal.