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North Carolina pastor who advocated effeminate boys be ‘punched’ now says: “It is unfortunate I was not more careful and deliberate”

I posted yesterday about the North Carolina pastor named Sean Harris who advocated that dads “punch” their sons should they act effeminately.

It is a story that has sickened me more than most of this type because it just shows what’s going on out there in our own country and what the kids are still up against even as we make advances in LGBT education and equality.

Audio of the pastor’s remarks have gone absolutely viral and he’s issued a retraction. I’m just going to go ahead and post it in its entirety here. You can decide for yourself whether you buy any of it.

I’m also going to re-post the audio of his comment below as a reminder of what he said, how he said it, and how members of the congregation responded.

It is completely shameful.

From Harris:

The purpose of this document is to issue an official statement of retraction of any and all words that suggest that child abuse is appropriate for any and all types of behaviors including (but not limited to) effeminacy and sexual immorality of all types. I should not have said what I said about “cracking,” “punching,” and particular bias toward outward attraction of girls. Nor should I have used the words “special dispensation.” I did not say that children should be squashed. I have never suggested children or those in the LGBT lifestyle should be beaten, punched, abused (physically or psychologically) in any form or fashion. The gospel is the only source of power sufficient to deliver anyone from the power, penalty, and presence of all forms of sin including, but not limited to, all forms of sexual immorality including homosexuality.

I apologize to anyone I have unintentionally offended. I did not say anything to intentionally offend anyone in the LGBT community. My intent was to communicate the truth of the Word of God concerning marriage. My words were not scripted. It is unfortunate I was not more careful and deliberate. I can understand how these words could be misunderstood without the context of years of ministering to the people of God at Berean Baptist Church. I have received nothing but notes of appreciation and support from the people within the church. 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. I have learned from this and will seek to be more articulate and deliberate with my words in the future.

However, I do not apologize for the manner in which the Word of God articulates sexual immorality, including homosexuality and effeminacy, as a behavior that is an abomination to God. Nothing in this official statement of retraction should be perceived as an apology for the overarching intent and message of the sermon and the need to define marriage as one man and one woman and to maintain the gender distinctions that God created from the beginning when He made them male and female (Genesis 1). I recognize that there are those in the LGBT community who believe that their sexual behavior is not sin. I do not agree with them and this official retraction should not be misunderstood as an apology for the gospel of Jesus Christ or the Word of God.

I do not apologize for the manner in which I emphasized the importance of one man and one woman getting married and staying married for the benefit of their children and society.

I am confident that if the state of North Carolina was not in a state constitutional battle to define marriage as one man and one woman, this sermon would not have received the media attention it has through the intentional framing of my words without the context of the entire sermon on various blogs.

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4 Remarks

  1. May 2nd, 2012 at 4:35 pm
    Mark Bessenger says:

    “I have never suggested children or those in the LGBT lifestyle should be beaten, punched, abused (physically or psychologically) in any form or fashion.”

    Uh…perhaps he should listen to his own audio. Pussy.


  2. May 2nd, 2012 at 6:13 pm
    Serialmom says:

    I also want to mention that his b.s. about girls really ticks me off. I was and am a tomboy. I love being ruthless (but sportsmanlike,) in the things I did as a girl and as a woman. A straight woman who never carries a purse, hardly ever wears a dress or skirt. I walk like I’m going somewhere and I completely reject this jerkface’s remarks about girls and boys (including “butch” girls and “effiminate” boys.) These b.s. social roles are no different than burkhas in my opinion. And his parenting advice…isn’t it so god damn christ-like, I mean, doesn’t it make butch females grimace and effeminate males tear-up. He is a sick creep.

  3. I find it sad that in a day and age when the children of our great nation are far more enlightened then their leaders, we are giving a forum to this ignorant mouthpiece for the religious right. He quotes from the same Bible that allows for the selling of our children into slavery if we can get a good price and the slaughtering of any person that wears clothing of two different fabric. Thank God, most people don’t identify with such a narrow minded point of view.

  4. May 3rd, 2012 at 3:31 am
    2201 East says:

    He broke the 13th Commandment “Thou shalt not get caught”. Well guess what, he got caught.

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