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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sean Harris, Nut Job Pastor, Makes California Look Less Shameful on the Gay Marriage Thing

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

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  • North Carolina's worst Christian

Californians have good reason to hang our heads in shame over the fact that the Republican-loving state of Iowa allows gays to get married and we somehow don't. But, hey, at least we aren't living in the gay-hating state of North Carolina, where apparently there is no limit to public homophobia.

The latest news from the Old North State, which is set to vote on a constitutional amendment double-super-banning the gay marriage it's already made illegal, is that some wacko pastor named Sean Harris gave us all a really good reason to dump organized religion when he suggested to his congregation that parents should beat the holy gay out of their homosexual -- or "effeminate" --children.

Here's a snippet of his ungodly speech he delivered to Berean Baptist Church:

"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


Note his high expectations for the lives of North Carolina's totally not-gay boys: ditch-digging.

He went on:
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. Okay? 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 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."
After enraging pretty much anyone with a soul, Harris backpedaled a bit on the rhetoric, saying he was just having some good Baptist fun. He later issued a retraction and an apology, emphasizing that he does not condone child abuse. "To those in the greater body of Christ in Fayetteville, North Carolina,

and the world -- I seek your forgiveness if I have offended or hurt the

cause of Christ," he said. "I have learned from this and will seek to be more

articulate and deliberate with my words in the future."

Articulate and deliberate? We know what a challenge that will be for someone who is clearly a few Thin Mints short a box of Girl Scout cookies.

Thanks, North Carolina, for making us feel just a little better about the fact that Californians voted a while back to take away this basic civil right from a sizable chunk of its citizens. At least the anti-gay-marriage folks here aren't advocating child-beating -- even as a joke.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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