Wednesday, May 02, 2012

This Man Has ... "Issues"

Rev. Sean Harris, senior pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, is a rabid supporter (not too strong a descriptor, given what he said in Sunday's sermon) of Amendment 1. He urged parents to use violence on their "squishy" children, if they exhibit signs of going gay:
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. 
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. And when your daughter starts acting too butch you rein 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.” 
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."
I hope the parents of Berean Baptist Church are wiser than their pastor. And I hope the pastor seeks a little psychological counseling.


Independent Mom said...

Sexual orientation has nothing to do with playing dress-up at 4. I have known children whose fathers were so focused on 'making them tough' through EXACTLY these kinds of moves (stomping on their instep, random punches, and humiliation for crying) that what the child became was either extremely fearful and withdrawn, or a bully.

This man is clueless and these instructions are not of God.

shyster said...

This man's edition of the bible says, "Bring the little children unto me and make them suffer." 1deSade10

Anonymous said...

Be fruitful!

Rich N White said...

....ah yes, another good example why we Atheists see our demographic growing by the minute.

We are reminded once again that Loving Kindness is clearly not the mantra of the religious right.... 1deSade10 indeed.

Love your kids, folks.

...yo Shyster, it's been a while!

Brushfire said...

He should be investigated, and probably arrested for child abuse. Certainly should not be allowed around children.

shyster said...

Rich, not living in or around Boone or in the great state of North Carolina, I make it a rule to avoid commenting on NC politics.
This jackass just pushed me too far. I had to comment. All hate is dangerous, this man is actually dangerous to children. If one child is beaten and the local DA does not do serious research into charging this bastard, he should be impeached.

Anonymous said...

This man is nuts, and these suggestions are stupid and irresponsible.

Anonymous said...

This post is ridiculous. Obviously this "pastor" is certifiable but this is an "extremist" and you are profiling an entire set of people and religion based on the speech of this one man. This is where you fall off the rails. Not all Christians are like this one person just as all Muslims are not terrorists. You detest racial profiling so why is there no hate in regards to religious profiling which would include Muslims, Christians, Jews, Catholics and all other religions of this world. I am finding that "liberals" or "progressives" if you like that label better, are all about divisive covered with honey, bully's on the play ground, profilers of a different sort, all the while decrying the very thing you do.

Opinionated said...

Ummm....that's kinda Jerry's point. This man is an individual nutcase, using a pulpit to preach abuse. Jerry is well aware that many Christians here oppose this amendment as a hateful intrusion into private lives.

And Anon 6:14, you're capable of reading the post and knowing this.

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:14 was indeed capable of reading the post and determining correctly that it was ridiculous.