Parenting 101 With Pastor Harris: Slap The Gay Out Of Your Children

North Carolina pastor Sean Harris is being featured on many gay rights blogs this week due to his lesson on parenting to his congregation, including his advice that parents should punch and slap the gay out of children.

I doubt I could do the Pastor justice in his approach to child-rearing so here are his own words:

“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.”
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.”

Harris is the senior pastor at the Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. According to his bio, Harris is a former paratrooper who promises “bold” but not “rash” preaching to his parishioners:

“‘Rash preaching,’ said Rowland Hill, ‘disgusts; timid preaching leaves poor souls fast asleep; bold preaching is the only preaching that is owned of God.’ ” If Pastor’s preaching can be categorized with any one word, “bold” would be that word. And his boldness comes not from his self-confidence. It comes rather from his belief that consistent, expository preaching of the whole of Scripture will be used by the Spirit to draw people to the Son. And when people are drawn to the Son, they are saved, sanctified, and they become disciples and teachers themselves. Pastor takes you through the chapters of God’s Word. You will learn the passage’s historical intent, literal interpretation, and twenty-first century application. He strives to teach God’s Word accurately and clearly, and he strives to preach God’s Word boldly.

The audiotape shows parents cheering and laughing at the sermon. The tape was originally posted here.

Of course, nothing brings clarity to gender confusion like a good beating in Harris’ view.

82 thoughts on “Parenting 101 With Pastor Harris: Slap The Gay Out Of Your Children”

  1. Put it in the freezer. They put part of my wedding cake in the freezer for a year, but after that it was inedible.

  2. OK, here’s my goose story, you knew it was coming sooner or later, right?

    My kid is about 3 when this story takes place. I read him some kind of story before bed the night before and it ended with a prince and princess married, living happily ever after, and roast goose at the wedding, and blah blah blah. My kid used to remember books verbatim!

    So the next day, he had a play-date at a friend’s house and they lived on the right side of town and apparently the mom asked my kid what he would like for lunch and he announced, “roast goose please.”

    The mom actually phoned me and said Danny wanted roast goose and she didn’t have any! I told her to let him know that we could have goose for supper and that for lunch, he should have whatever HER kid was having, and he agreed. So then we bought a goose — either that night or the next — and I roasted it, and served it. He ate a tiny bit. Then he said, “we should probably save the rest of it for a wedding.”

  3. Malisha,

    I don’t like Goose. Never had it. Maybe it tastes like chicken.

    Try smoked sardines. You have to eat it guts and all.

  4. BigFatMike, here’s the sorry truth: I love chitlins but can’t get them very often. A friend took me to a restaurant near DC one time (in a building that had apartments and a BANK in it, believe it or not) named Adelis, and that restaurant is now closed. Here was their buffet menu:

    Junk with lots of salt
    Junk with lots of sugar

    I LOVE CHITLINS! But I can’t make them myself — you have to cook the sh*t out of them!

    I do like pastrami but don’t get any very often; when I worked at Sarge’s Deli in NY, staff wasn’t allowed to have pastrami for their dinner.

    I don’t like General Tsao’s chicken. I do like most other Chinese chicken dishes so long as they’re not sweet. WHO MIXES SWEETS WITH MEAT ANYWAY; that should be illegal; it’s a crime against nature!


    1. @Malisha

      I am surprised you can even spell chitlins. You might convince me that your favorite Christmas dinner is pastrami on rye or General Tso’s chicken. But chitlins – I don’t think so.

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  7. Alan,

    Since when do you point it out privately? If you point it out privately, you don’t get much attention.

  8. This pastor’s rant has nothing to do with Christianity but it sure gives the haters something to squeal about. As the name of his church suggests, God put the information about the Bereans into the Bible as an example to His people and those who search the scriptures know where this brother fails.

    Jesus Himself provided His followers instructions for how to handle these inevitable human mess ups: “”If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. (Matthew 18:15, NLV)” That undoubtedly has happened and his retraction is in accordance with holy scripture. It’s one of the beauties of Christianity.

  9. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said there aren’t any gay people in Iran.

  10. How about elbowing the child on the side of the head (short pause). And wish for World Peace.

  11. God, the greatest figment to one’s imagination. I don’t believe in him or his son who supposedly rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. While we’re at it, let’s kick the minorities in the ass for being minorities. Or the homeless, for being homeless. What about those people who listen to Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Metallica, etc? Since some of us do not live in God-given North Carolina, I guess an ass kicking is in order for not following the Tar Heels if you’re from one area of the state and for not following the Blue Devils if you’re from…Wait a minute, no one should follow a devil, especially if he’s blue. Oh, and that part about not believing in God or His Son the Saviour of the world. Well, my comments were taken out of context. Of course I believe in the Son of Man, just like I believe in his Mother Mary. Wait another minute, if Jesus is the Son of Man, then that makes Mary, the Mother of Man. There, said like a true Catholic. OK, I’ll take my place in line. The one that has the bonfire around it. Because God knows we just can’t kick the crap out of Catholics, we need to burn them at the stake! Right pastor? In conclusion, we do have this document that has kept this country together for 236 years that allows us to believe what we want, speak what we want, write what we want, and to openly exercise one’s orientation. And until something better comes along, the United States Constitution trumps all other laws, including the Bible’s. And that was not taken out of context. I believe in the Bible, but I believe in the United States Constitution more. Oh yeah, lest I forget, Amen.

  12. Harris makes me sick to my stomach. He really does. What makes me even more ill is that there is an entire congregation saying “Amen.” In addition, he has a host of supporters. I’m not sure how you battle a hate that is so deeply ingrained and protected by their “religion.”

    “The child psychologist who thought she had all the answers to parenting until she became one herself.”

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