A North Carolina pastor who advocated that father's 'punch' their sons if they start to act effeminately is backtracking a bit on his advice after snippets of his Sunday sermon went viral.
Sean Harris, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, had said to hos congregation: 'Dads, the second you see that son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give them a good punch. OK?'
Some members in the congregation can be heard laughing and saying 'Amen!' during the sermon.
In an interview with The Fay Observer on Tuesday (2 May) Harris said: '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.'
Harris had also urged parents of girls who are 'acting too butch' to make them 'walk like a girl and talk like a girl, and smell like a girl.'
The newspaper gave Harris an opportunity to rephrase his remarks. He did not attempt to saying: 'That would be a lengthy conversation. I don't know I could say anything you could capture in five words.'
The sermon came in advance of next Tuesday's vote on Amendment One, a ballot initiative that seeks add a ban same-sex marriages and civil unions to the North Carolina constitution.
The legislation would ban the state from recognizing civil unions, strip away domestic partner benefits and could eliminate legal protections for all unmarried couples in the state.
The state's governor, Beverly Perdue, is against the legislation and says children of unmarried couples could lose their health benefits if Amendment One were to pass.