Is physical abuse of children showing potentially homosexual traits what passes for Christianity these days?
http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2012/05/03/nc-pastor-gives-permission-to-punch-children-who-might-be-gay/ On Sunday, April 29, 2012, Sean Harris, senior pastor of the Berean Baptist Church, in a sermon dealing with North Carolina’s controversial “Amendment One” which would ban gay marriage in the state of North Carolina, said the following: “So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, ‘Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,’ you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed….Can I make it any clearer? 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? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male.” Harris further added in his sermon, “When your daughter starts acting too butch, you reign her in. You're going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl, and that means you're going to be beautiful and you're going to be attractive and you're going to dress yourself up.” Is this what passes for Christianity today? The encouragement of abuse against any child who does not fit this man’s (and apparently his congregation’s) twisted view of what a man is? Putting aside the fact that the Berean Baptist Church should lose its tax-exempt status for preaching what is clearly a politically charged sermon, should Child Protective Services of North Carolina investigate Pastor Harris for advocating the physical abuse of children who display possibly homosexual traits? Also, which of these words reflect the teachings of Christ, who commanded us to “Love one another”? Did I miss something? When Christ commanded His disciples to love unconditionally, did He add “unless of course you think they’re homosexual. Then beat the crap out of them!”? Maybe I have a lose translation of the Bible. **Incidentally, this past week, Pastor Harris retracting his words in a statement reading, “If I had to say it again, I would say it differently, no doubt. 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.” This only came after flocks of protesters gathered outside of his church the following Sunday and the pastor was flooded with angry letters from the gay and lesbian community. Isn’t this a little like trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube? Chi-Girl -- Couldn't help but notice you were the only one so far who didn't denounce this "Pastor's" sermon. Guess we know where your heart is! And if I did go back to 6th grade English at 39-years-old, I'd do it in Fayetteville, NC. That way, I'd at least be in a class with people my own age! -noneutrals -- Not that it has any bearing on this whatsoever, I am straight. I just cannot stand it when someone or a group of people decide that oppression is acceptable so long as it is done in the name or morality and/or religion. It reminds me a lot of what the Nazi party did during it's reign by tagging homosexuals with pink triangles and calling for the open persecution of anyone who didn't fit what their regime considered "normal." I don't know if they're either too ignorant or too blind to realize it, but many religious organizations that associate themselves with the teachings of Christ have done a d**n good imitation of the Third Reich in recent years, and not only is that poor advertising for Christ but I find it wholly perverse... much more perverse in fact that two people of the same sex cohabitating. Of course, I'm just open-minded...
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Christianity is sometimes used to perpetuate evil. Because they cannot come up with a rational excuse for their position, they instead use religion. It is particularly true in the South, where Christianity has a real history of being used by straight white men as a way of dominating over everyone else. The Southern... More
Answered By: Matthew - 5/7/2012
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Apparently, this moron you refer to hasn't read that Adam and Eve got kicked out of Eden for becoming "as gods" which is what is being preached here.
Answered By: oldandtired - 5/7/2012
Another example of people wanting someone else to think for them. How else do think someone like this vermon makes it in life? Free yourself from all the hate and fear that these "religions" spit out on a regular basis. Think, get away and think!
Answered By: Bob K - 5/7/2012
I'd love to meet him in a parking lot some day. Just me and him....
Answered By: Louis Wu - 5/7/2012
Sounds like the bible belt to me. Not all pastors and preachers think or act like that, but there is a pretty good number that do.
Answered By: Duck - 5/7/2012
Answered By: Fireball - 5/7/2012
Fundamentalist American Christianity is all about hate. Nothing in what that guy said surprises me. Churches like that have completely abandoned the teachings of Jesus in favor of a gospel of hate and condemnation.
Answered By: lainiebsky - 5/7/2012
i suppose its slightly better ,than the usual raping of the kid in religion
Answered By: Badwolf - 5/7/2012
Your 'question' is not a sentence. Back to 6th grade English class. I didn't bother reading any farther down.
Answered By: Chi girl - 5/7/2012
Don't say things you don't mean. You may eat your words, Pastor Harris. Gays will attack everyone who disagrees with them. So America makes sin into good to keep them quiet.
Answered By: oli - 5/7/2012
what is it with you and the homosexuals
Answered By: -noneutrals - 5/7/2012
Just to update... this past Sunday his congregation gave him a standing ovation at the beginning of the church service. Apparently some "christians" do believe violence is OK when it comes to something you do not fully understand.
Answered By: Tim A - 5/7/2012
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