Earlier this week, pastor Sean Harris was caught on tape urging parents to use violence to get ‘girly’ boys to man up. So your son has started acting a little dainty? Punch him. After a nationwide uproar, Harris has this to say:
And now, according to most of the media, all is forgiven. Could you imagine the reaction if, say, an Iman in North Carolina called for children to be punched if they acted ‘girly’?
Never mind that he said in reference to punching 4 year-olds: “I am giving you [parents] special dispensation to go out and do this to your children”? He misspoke.
Hopefully [my emphasis] you understood that I was speaking in a forceful manner to emphasize the degree to which gender distinctions matter to God; and therefore, must matter to each of us and especially parents.
The local newspaper headlines that he was joking. So advocating assault on a 4 year old is just a joke:
“Man up. Give them a good punch. OK?”
This ‘sermon’ draws calls of ‘Amen,’ which you can hear in the recording. Does the congregation feel that a punch to the kidneys or throat is OK but to the face is too far? What level of ‘biblical’ violence against minor children acting ‘girly’ or ‘butch’ would be too much? Stoning?
After his remarks were posted online he was told, according to him, ‘Pastor, we know you didn’t mean that.’
Said Roberta Humphries, executive director of Fayetteville’s Child Advocacy Center, to the Fayetteville Observer:
Unfortunately, this pastor is telling his congregation to harm their children. We know that children thrive when they grow up in safe, stable, nurturing relationships. We know that when children are fearful and feel unsafe, that they’re far more likely to suffer emotionally, socially and physically.
Is encouraging child abuse not illegal in North Carolina?
The pastor said he ‘misspoke,’ and it’s all fixed. Before long (courtesy right-wing blogosphere) it’ll all be the militant gays’ fault for demonizing a good Christian who was just enjoying his religious freedom to encourage child abuse. Just ignore what he said. He ‘misspoke.’
Pastor Says Parents Should Punch ‘Girly’ 4 Year Olds
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