Updated Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. EST
Pastor Harris has non-apologized for his non-Jesus like sermon calling for parents to beat their LGBT kids. Read what Harris has to say in the wake of national criticism, after the jump!
"If I had to say it again, I would say it differently, no doubt," Harris said Tuesday. "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 went on to tell the Fayetteville Observer that within his church "the response was, 'Pastor, we know you didn't mean that.'"
"We know when you're saying something seriously and when were supposed to just understand the intent and not the application,' "
Hmmm. Harris doesn't sound very sorry for advocating violence against kids to us. How do you feel about his "apology"?
North Carolina pastor, Sean Harris (Berean Baptist Church), has taken it upon himself to tell parents how to handle their gay children.
We read it. We listened to it. We're pissed about it.
So here’s the transcript, which you should read—or if you want to have nightmares for the rest of your life, you can listen to the audio here. We’d suggest lowering your volume—you know—because of the screaming.
Pastor Sean Harris TRANSCRIPT:
"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.
And when your daughter starts acting to Butch you reign her in. And you say, “Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are 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 are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.”
You say, “Can I take charge like that as a parent?”
Yeah, you can. You are authorized. I just gave you a special dispensation this morning to do that."
So we're trying to figure out what bothers us most about this speech in which an alleged "servant of God" screeches about a parent's "special dispensation" to commit violence against their children if they exhibit supposedly gay characterics.
Is it his advice on how to handle an effeminate son? “Punch him.” “Crack that wrist.” Both excellent displays of “Christ’s love.”
Or maybe it’s the congregation chiming in with “Amen!,” “Yes!,” and warm chuckles as this asshat stands on the pulpit and tells them to terrorize their children.
What may be most disturbing is the thought of the gay kids that are sitting in that congregation, terrified at the possibility of being outed. Fearing that their parents won’t love them—or if they heed the message from the pulpit—that they might physically harm them. They’re hearing from the church, from a “Man of God,” that there’s something wrong with them.
Crap like this is why gay kids kill themselves. Seriously. And dangerous bigots like this will never be held responsible for it.