The Pastor of a North Carolina Baptist Church has been captured on audio urging parents to punch 4 year old boys if they ‘act girly’ and to ‘break their limp wrists’.
Sean Harris has been the Senior Pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville (near Fort Bragg) for six years.
In audio obtained by the website Good As You, Harris says:
“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 to Butch you reign 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.’”
“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.”
Harris’ rant was part of the ‘Marriage Sunday’ campaign of those supporting North Carolina’s Amendment One campaign, which would define marriage as between a man and a woman in the state’s constitution. As well as his call to violence by parents, Harris condemns LGBT people as “sick” and says that rejection of the constitutional amendment will lead to ‘Muslims taking over’.
Harris’ church also runs the Berean Baptist Academy, which he describes as:
“A place where students receive an excellent elementary and secondary education in a warm, friendly, distinctively conservative atmosphere. Our staff and faculty are fully devoted followers of Christ and active members of conservative churches.”
“My prayer and goal for each student is that they become followers of Christ, grow in their understanding of the Bible, mature in the faith, and graduate with a Biblical worldview as tomorrow’s Christian leaders.”
Listen to audio of Harris courtesy Good As You:
UPDATE: Pastor Sean has apologized for his words, saying, “I misspoke.” See the full story here.
Image of Harris via Youtube screengrab