Pastor wishes he could take back advice that dads punch effeminate sons

Sean Harris: 'But I do stand by is that the word of God makes it clear that effeminate behavior is ungodly'

Pastor wishes he could take back advice that dads punch effeminate sons
02 May 2012

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.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Anti-gay evangelist threatens rights group with $100million lawsuit

Bill Keller, internet evangelist, is suing Southern Poverty Law Center for not taking his ministry of their 'hate list'
No thumbnail available

New Zealand anti-gay-marriage group to lose charity status

'Groups that think differently to the prevailing politically correct view will be targeted in an attempt to shut them up,' says Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie
No thumbnail available

Gay sporting heros: Ivan Denis

Gay Star News meets Ivan Denis - archer, future Olympian and ambassador for Antwerp’s World Outgames 2013
No thumbnail available

Mike Huckabee dumped by Jewish group because of his transphobic comments

Republican presidential hopeful said he should have pretended to be trans in high school so he could shower with girls
No thumbnail available

LGBT ally Ben Cohen wanted male partner on Strictly Come Dancing show

But retired rugby star is paired with  Kristina Rihanoff who, he admits, 'will be easier to pick up'
No thumbnail available

Oregon baker refuses to make wedding cake for lesbian couple

‘I believe I have the liberty to live by my principles,’ baker says as she turns away a gay couple before their wedding
No thumbnail available

Majority of Aussies say 'I do' to gay marriage

Christian likens gay marriage to incest at senate inquiry despite historic support for reform
No thumbnail available

Teachers must tackle gay bullying or risk a bad report, summit will hear

Schools Out conference will highlight ways to deal with gay, bi and trans bullying in UK educational establishments
No thumbnail available

James Franco posts gay-themed pics on Instagram - including him kissing a guy

Images come a week after actor said 'I wish I was gay'
No thumbnail available

Nancy Pelosi defends Barney Frank, slams gay Republicans

Minority Leader of U.S. House of Reps says GOP treats gays with disrespect