Update: Pastor Says Parents Should Punch ‘Girly’ 4 Year Olds


Wow. The world has heard a North Carolina Baptist pastor call for violence against ‘girly’ four year-old boys and ‘butch’ girls — and could he possibly backtrack fast enough?

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:

I misspoke.

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.

This guy runs a school, and his ‘apology’ could not be a clearer non apology:

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.’



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Keisha H.
Keisha N H5 years ago

"From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh".

Sheri P.
Sheri P5 years ago

that is insane!!!

Betty Hernandez
Betty Hernandez5 years ago

Gee! I knew there was a good reason I stopped going to church!

Jennifer P.
Jennifer P5 years ago

I'm not sure if this is equally as bad as, or worse than, the radio show host who said a father should have his daughter screwed straight. Using fear and physical punishment to enforce the perceived "right" sexuality IS abuse.

Robert Tedders
Robert T5 years ago

@Holy M.: While I'm disgusted with the pastor it wrong that I found that comment funny?

@Josha M.: AGREED.

holly m.
holly mckenzie5 years ago

I saw this in The Last Word and was extremely troubled by all the "AMENS" coming from the congregation...sheep following creep.

Josha N.
Josha N5 years ago

What a psychopath. He "misspoke". Ha! And his whole dumb, narrowminded congregation told him it was okay. Christ, these people are stupid.

Gloria H.
Gloria H5 years ago

If it was a joke, this guy should never try stand up comedy. Stick with preaching hell fire and brimstone..something you are a natural for.

Robin Turner
Robin Turner5 years ago

@Tommy S. Then you also know that the role of hadith, fiqh etc, is a hotly disputed point in the Muslim world. In other words, Islam, like other religions, has a holy book and a bunch of traditions that have grown up in the process of interpreting it. So what's the big deal?

Tommy S.
Tommy S5 years ago

@Sheila H

Then you know that there is not enough information in the koran to be a muslim and without the sira and sunna it is a book without context--