Pastor Sean Harris Advocates Beating The Gay Away

Guest Post From Renee of Womanist Musings

Next week there will be a vote on Amendment 1, which would add a ban on
gay marriage to North Carolina’s constitution.  Filled with false
righteousness and determined to influence the decision, Pastor Sean
Harris of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, took to his pulpit to
advocate strict adherence to the gender binary, and compulsory
heterosexuality for all children.  For this bigot, conformity begins in
the home and to ensure that children are properly abused, Harris even go
as far as to suggest that fathers should punch their sons.

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.

Shaming a four
year old child for expression is disgusting.  It had me thinking about
an incident I had about a month ago in which a parent decided to inform
me that I was going to make my youngest son Mayhem gay, by
allowing him to wear nail polish and encouraging his love of dancing. As
you might well imagine, the conversation did not go well for the
bigot.  What Pastor Harris is advocating is so incredibly emotionally
harmful for children.  Kids should be free to explore who they are in a
safe environment without constantly being policed, and if they do happen
to be GLBT kids, no amount of forced conformity is going to change
that.  All you are teaching your child is that hate is acceptable, and
that you don’t believe in unconditional love.

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.”

 So, if ordering a change in behaviour does not
work, it’s okay to be violent with a child.  I hope to heaven that this
man does not have any children. As a pastor, he is supposed to minister
to his flock and tend to the weak and defenseless, and instead he is
using his power to do the exact opposite.  What ever happened to love
one another as I have loved you? No, it’s only more violence in the name
of God and parental rights.

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.”

Once again, Harris is preaching the gender
binary as though it is not a pure construction of society.  There is no
specific way to be a man.  Gay men don’t stop being male when they
become aware of their sexuality. The very fact that he could advocate
punching a child tells me that he has no conscience, and no respect for
anyone who isn’t exactly like him.  This kind of attitude, is what is
behind the suicides of gay teens across North America.  Harris isn’t
preaching the gospel, he is using hate speech to promote genocide as far
as I am concerned.

And when your daughter starts acting too 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.”

I
guess it’s nice to see that he is an equal opportunity bigot. Girls can
play sports everyone, they just have to remember to make themselves
pretty on a regular basis.  Really?  All women are good for are their
appearance and their ability to please men?   If it weren’t so
disgustingly sad, I would laugh.

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.

Right,
his hatred makes him so powerful that he can give a dispensation over
ruling the law of the land. This is beyond arrogance.  Children aren’t
our possessions even though they are vulnerable and dependent on us to
take care of them.  If anything, their vulnerability and innocence makes
us responsible for caring for them and respecting them as little
people.

From start to finish this man has advocated strict adherence to the
gender binary, compulsory heterosexuality and child abuse. When I look
at him, I don’t see a man of God, but a hate filled angry bigot with too
much power and less common sense then God gave cabbage.  Attitudes like
this are exactly why I no longer belong to any form of organized
religion.  I feel that it is a stain upon Christ’s teachings to advocate
hate instead of loving thy neighbor.  I don’t believe any loving God
would advocate harming another in this fashion.

2 thoughts on “Pastor Sean Harris Advocates Beating The Gay Away”

  1. It's strange, really — I hear so many people saying "follow your dreams" and "don't let people squash your dreams," and suddenly there's this guy who didn't get the memo, saying, "Squash their dreams! NYARRR!"
    I'm guessing he was beaten when he was young.

  2. To sum up his argument: "The beatings will continue until morale improves."

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