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NC pastor: ‘crack limp wrists’ of girlish boys, reign in your ‘butch’ daughters

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It’s okay to “beat the gay” out of children, says North Carolina Baptist preacher Sean Harris.

Harris, the Senior Pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C., is heard in this audio clip telling his congregation that should their children show any signs of “homosexual” behavior, then it is their responsibility to use violence as a corrective measure to prevent that child from being gay or lesbian.

Sean and Pam Harris


“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. …

“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?” said Harris, adding, “And when your daughter starts acting too butch, you reign her in.”

Listen, courtesy of Jeremy Hooper at GoodAsYou.org:

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GoodAsYou.org has more audio of Harris preaching from the “Vote For Marriage N.C.” campaign script during this past weekend’s “Marriage Sunday” service, an official campaign effort in favor of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage — the issue goes before North Carolina voters on May 8.

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  1. The fuck?!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:38pm
  2. idiots!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:38pm
  3. what a fucking asshole!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:39pm
  4. Its appropriate that he looks like Mr. D from Red Dragon. Psychos will always find some ‘excuse’ to beat children.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:39pm
  5. Sick

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:39pm
  6. We should crack YOU,instead,asshole.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:39pm
  7. this is 1 fuckd up individual…an a man of god ffs…he is a douchenozzle

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:39pm
  8. What the fuck

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:40pm
  9. thinks we’re going to hear about a lot of NC kids either being beaten to death or killing themselves. “This ‘man of God’ is unworthy of the name.”

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:40pm
  10. wtf?! This is as bad as the pastor telling his parish to punch the gay out of their kids…

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:40pm
  11. wtf?! that preacher is a disgrace to any religion and the human race! christians are supposed to love thy neighbor as thyself, not beat thy neighor if not like thyself!! truly disgusting!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:40pm
  12. WTF?! I wish I could have an hour alone with him so I can torture him!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:41pm
  13. reign in?? how about NO!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:41pm
  14. watch me show up to that Sunday service the next time I’m home…

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:41pm
  15. maybe somebody should beat the straight out of you harris

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:41pm
  16. What the hell?!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:41pm
  17. i say we all go to church … where he is , then beat the “homophobia” out of him lol. walkk it off bitch, walk it oofff

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:41pm
  18. This is disgusting, in no way is it okay to beat your child or abuse them in anyway. In the end this people will pay. He should even be able to call himself a man of God. Jesus preached love, not hate and hurting a child in anyway is evil.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:41pm
  19. these*

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:42pm
  20. I understand that this site is for awareness etc. But it makes me want to cry to think this man is advises parents to abuse their kids. I normally am not a swearing person but WTF?!?!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:42pm
  21. Oh so Christian… and a sicko.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:42pm
  22. Dear Pastor, that doesn’t work, I promise, cross my heart…on a stack of bibles…

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:42pm
  23. this is awful who in there right mind would do such a thing. to me this is not love this is pure hatred in its worst form

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:42pm
  24. This is one scary dude! he is kind of a Hitler in NC!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:42pm
  25. I think he can be arrested for encouraging acts of terrorism, so somebody ought to denounce him right away.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:42pm
  26. and i hope if anyone listens to this idiot they are charged with child abuse

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:42pm
  27. Maybe somebody should beat the stupid outta him?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:43pm
  28. sometimes i am glad i left North Carolina…. with ppl like this…its sad

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:44pm
  29. I’m truly horrified at what religion and power and bigotry has done to people, it’s almost like they’re turning into the iranian mindset. where in iraan, it’s not only illegal to be gender variant and it’s punishable by death, I fucking hate people like this, and scarily they’re all over and there’s more of them than we think

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:44pm
  30. Organized religion is an affront to humanity. Without religion good people would still do good and evil people would still do bad. It takes religion to make good people do bad things.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:46pm
  31. Omg! Since when did it become ok for a pastor let alone anyone to condone violence on children. Especially when its just to try and brainwash them into being what you want them to be. Its their lives not yours. He should be arrested for instigating violence.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:47pm
  32. Mega Sick Mofo- ‘You’re right it Does sound better in Latin-

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:47pm
  33. He posted a rebuttal.
    http://pastorseansblog.blogspot.com/
    Mind you, this was after being criticized and verbally beaten to within an inch of his reputation. I still hope he never occupies a leadreship role again.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:47pm
  34. *leadership

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:48pm
  35. someone should beat the stupid out of this guy!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:48pm
  36. hope he drops dead(:

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:49pm
  37. i bet he has he solution to the high unemployment rate….JUST GET A JOB……LOL he is the ultimate hypocrite….jesus would not be pleased with him

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:50pm
  38. Brian, thanks for the link. I read that…. it basically says that he wishes the evil gays hadn’t gotten hold of his words, but since they did, he wants to back down a little and say that he NEVER would advocate violence against children. Even though he did. He did. He said to punch your son if your son is effeminate.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:50pm
  39. This ugly, evil, disgusting man sickens me.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:50pm
  40. Nice! Nothing but wholesome Christian values there … what a douche.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:51pm
  41. Really really u poor shallow excuse of a human being what gives u the right to use hate and violence towrds people much less someones child . Yeah great job u prick its people like you that sends the wrong message out .

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:52pm
  42. Can we beat the ignorant idiocy out of him instead?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:54pm
  43. Ditch religion and try reality.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:54pm
  44. two faced bastard

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:55pm
  45. I’d like him to meet my baseball bat !

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:55pm
  46. I would love to go to his church if you want to call it that wearing my sweatshirt that says “Don’t use Jesus as an excuse for being a narrow minded, bigoted asshole”. If there is a Heaven he will never see it.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:56pm
  47. I’m glad to see you’re not letting your education get in the way of your ignorance.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:58pm
  48. maybe its also ok to beat the ignorance out of him.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:59pm
  49. What a messed up, sad individual….filled with so much hate. I find it hard to believe a man who is supposed to teach Jesus’ message can tell his congregation to “beat the gay” out of anybody. What an ass.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:59pm
  50. I can’t believe there are enough ignorant inbred morons to fill the pews and coffers with money enough to pay this douche bag. I can’t believe he is allowed to speak in public. I hope if a single child is abused because some stupid redneck listened to this wack job that he is found to be an accessory. And to clarify his sermon… Ludicrous

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 6:59pm
  51. HE SHOULD NOT BE A PASTOR AT ANY CHURCH.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:00pm
  52. what the f*ck is wrong with people?!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:00pm
  53. Don’t get mad…just join us and together we can make our world a better place for everyone…….http://www.facebook.com/#!/ChildrenoftheRainbow

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:01pm
  54. Um, f$&* him.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:01pm
  55. He needs Jesus….. to teach him the meaning of the word! Cause that hateful excuse for a man/pastor is pathetic…. He is preaching hate! Makes me sick to my stomach…..

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:04pm
  56. Can u say “closet case” ??

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:04pm
  57. I love how he tries to claim that he does not advocate violence….even though we heard it with our own ears! and then he says something about the lgbt community having an agenda….riiiiight. I bet his god is so proud of how very unchristian he is. What an asshat.

    I have a toddler that likes to wear my heels, jewelry, make up etc. He wants to be like mommy and its adorable. It’s not going to make him gay- not that I’d feel any differently toward him anyway. People are people-regardless of how we love and I wish homophobes would just get over themselves and see that.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:04pm
  58. Is this man crazy or just crazy?!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:07pm
  59. What a pig. That makes me sick. And he’s probably having gay thoughts himself. That’s what’s underneath homophobia: self hatred. Meanwhile innocent children will suffer because of this disgusting creep.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:07pm
  60. This fool needs to head warp factor 5 to the dark ages!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:08pm
  61. Psh. I’ll end up beating my kid if s/he turns into someone hateful likes this asshole or, God forbid, Maggie.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:08pm
  62. Who cares.. NEXT

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:10pm
  63. Christians at their best.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:11pm
  64. I guess for people like him, “Love thy neighbor as yourself” only applies if the neighbor is straight. He preaches against violence, unless it is used on something that he opposes. He is the classic Hypocrite.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:11pm
  65. So glad I’m an atheist.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:11pm
  66. Yes, because beating our children and mentally fucking them up is WAY more affective than being a loving parent and letting them figure themselves out. I mean COME ON PEOPLE, WAKE THE FUCK UP. it is 2012! Abusing a homosexual will not make them “stop ” having gay thoughts or BEING gay. It will just make them a person who has too many psychological/emotional mental problems (who also happens to STILL BE gay), and like there aren’t enough kids with those nowadays (Case in point, myself). This pastor should be sterilized and his tongue cut out. He could no longer have a child in danger of being his puching bag for his homophobia, and could no longer spew bigoted filth.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:13pm
  67. I wish someone would try and put there hands on one of my kids for being gay I’m a gay single mother and I would rearrange someones face I raise my children to love all walks of life if it lives and breathes love it…….people like that make me sick….

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:16pm
  68. Pathetic. God loves everyone and where he’s going is gonna be brutally hot.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:17pm
  69. Is this the kettle calling the pot black?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:23pm
  70. More teaching hate and abuse!!! I do not see that as teaching the word of any GOD OR JESUS!!!! Looks like CPS will be busy and over crowded in NC!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:24pm
  71. THOSE PEOPLE DO NOT DESERVE TO BE PARENTS…

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:24pm
  72. I’d like to show this idiot the power of my limp wrist as I bring my hand across his ignorant face. religious nut job.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:25pm
  73. hes the reason young men kill theme selves wat a toxic person he will shurley burn in hell!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:26pm
  74. Fuck you asshole

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:28pm
  75. isn’t it amazing that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality? Because it wasn’t an issue to him. However, telling people not to harm each other… and esp. not harming children – he said a LOT about that

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:28pm
  76. Someone should seriously investigate this a$$h@le for child abuse, I’ll bet there’s a history there.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:30pm
  77. This guy better pray there is no hell…

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:40pm
  78. It just makes me sick to my stomach. Jesus would NEVER approve.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:42pm
  79. just another example of passing down a legacy of hate in the name of a self serving love. hatemonger, bigot, reprehensible fuck. needs to die at the hands of the children he has beaten.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:45pm
  80. child abuse, pure & simple

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:46pm
  81. Child abuse in the name of religion is sick!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:46pm
  82. This fool needs to meet me one day while I have a shovel in my hand. Because I have dug ditches to put in water lines, and I played in the dirt, and I have never had a broken wrist, and I have always worked like a man, whether it was lifting 80lbs boxes of chicken all day long, or sweating myself to death in 90 degree weather while changing the spark plugs, wires, oil, oil filter, and transmission filter on an old Ford Tempo.
    This is the kind of fool who needs to let me get within arms reach of him to see if I can beat the stupid out of him. I think I would enjoy it.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:48pm
  83. get a life pastor

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:52pm
  84. Where is my 50. Cal when I need it. This is a Federal Hate Crime.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:00pm
  85. WHAT A ASS HOLE GO TO HELL

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:07pm
  86. Why does there have to be so much hate?

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:08pm
  87. What a horrible man! Definitely not a true Christian!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:11pm
  88. While what this man said is highly disturbing, what concerns me are some of the comments here. We don’t like that he is essentially advocating child abuse but then make comments about torturing him, beating him or inflicting other forms of physical violence upon him because of what he said? What’s right about that on either side? If it’s not ok for him to advocate the physical abuse of gay children, it’s not right for us to advocate for the physical harm of someone who is too bigoted and narrow-minded to see us for the loving, genuine people we are. By doing that we’re not better than the people who hold these archaic views about sexual orientation and advocate for acts of violence to be commit against members of the LGBTQI community. The only thing violence begets and creates is more violence.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:17pm
  89. Nice asshole! Way to be like Jesus. Cause Jesus did nothing but gay bash… oh yeah that’s right. He didn’t. What an awful ungodly thing for a minister to do.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:19pm
  90. Wow. Just wow. What a horrible person.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:20pm
  91. Ashamed to be living in this State.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:27pm
  92. Disgusting piece of shit.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:28pm
  93. You know I’d like him to make this speech in a room full of leather daddies and see how panzy ass gay men can be.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:32pm
  94. Ignorant and (possibly) closeted.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:36pm
  95. He should be strapped onto a sling in the Black Eagle with a group of rough leather daddies. Then he’ll practically be begging for wrists to be limp.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 8:58pm
  96. Another idiot crawled out of the woodwork.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 9:05pm
  97. I went to his website, and there is nothing about condoning violence against children. In fact, he offers clarification on what scripture suggests on how to rear children along with a link to commentary about Dan Savages message on the bible as well.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 9:06pm
  98. NC Pastor: “Physically assault your own children if they don’t conform to your preconceptions about how people with certain glands ought to behave.”

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 9:11pm
  99. I’d like to show this bastard how limp my wrists are! Right upside his head! I’ve got some tractor front-end weights he can mount.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 9:40pm
  100. I just cant believe how heartless some people are!!! Very sad

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 9:44pm
  101. Just a question: What are the preconditions to become a minister over there? Because here, where I live, you have to study theology which comprises philosophy and common ethics… That leaves still enough nutcracks among the parsons, but at least they feign compassion. What he says is totally unacceptable and, in my eyes, a crime. Sue him!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10:20pm
  102. You couldn’t possibly get anymore sh*t from these countless *ssh*les If you used exlax. DID JESUS BEAT PEOPLE? By the way pastor, enjoy your time in hell because you don’t know the father.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10:30pm
  103. I say we beat him…… I know violence never solved anything, but still………

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10:34pm
  104. This rabid jerk off should be shackled in the public square and “beaten”…..Let’s see how he likes to be whipped….What a sick bastard!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10:38pm
  105. Prepare for the religious fanatics to get even crazier as they lose control.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 11:52pm
  106. this man is ignorant, arrogant and certainly an idiot…

    Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 1:51am
  107. I would say maybe someone should “beat” the hate out of him, but that never works, it would make me feel better, but maybe he just needs a hug and told its ok that he has gay fantasies and he can come on out…..its fabulous out here

    Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 2:57am
  108. Load of crap, my good friend was beat near to death…weekly! It didn’t change him! He just became an angry person.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 3:31am
  109. unbelievable

    Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 4:11am
  110. Can we also beat the ass-holeitis out of him and his flock of hate mongers?

    Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 4:28am
  111. reading crud like this gets me so angry, the hatred and ignorance that dwells in some people is baffling indeed. all i see here is a man full of hate and evil,truly sickening. ugh i hate to even look at his face i just want to slice it all up, well maybe that’s far too harsh even for him but this guy truly need to check himself.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 4:49am
  112. Like in Afghanistan it’s ok to kill your daughter for talking to a man; oh, now it all makes sense. Sheesh!

    Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:37am
  113. advocating child abuse?

    Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 8:00am
  114. I’ve already had my say about this man. He is backing down because of the backlash he is getting. I hope what he said ends up biting him in the ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 9:36am
  115. This guy is just amazingly stupid. I hope this guy doesn’t have children gay or straight. People like him are the reason that gay and lesbian children kill themselves. Someone just walk up and punch this guy for all the young “gay” children out there.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:41am
  116. how discusting, he makes me want to throw up.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 2:59pm
  117. Ha! Ask my Mom how well that works….may she rest in peace

    Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 4:50pm