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Pastor: ‘Dads, Beat Your Sissy Sons’

Unbelievable. What a disgusting man, this Pastor Sean Harris of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC. I cannot imagine counseling fathers to do physical violence to their sons for not acting “manly” enough! Please spare me the claim that this is how all Christians, even conservative Christians, behave. I’ve never heard anything like this, and hope I never do again. But if publicizing it can bring attention to the evil that is child abuse, which is to say, bullying by parents, and cause Christians (of all people!) to refuse and resist it, then … good. Christians, you do not have to call homosexuality a moral good to denounce this kind of evil. And if you think bullying your son or daughter for not being masculine or feminine enough to suit you is going to change them, you are a cruel fool who will live to regret it.

Pastor Sean issued a non-apology apology. Excerpt:

The purpose of this document is to issue an official statement of retraction of any and all words that suggest that child abuse is appropriate for any and all types of behaviors including (but not limited to) effeminacy and sexual immorality of all types. I should not have said what I said about “cracking,” “punching,” and particular bias toward outward attraction of girls. Nor should I have used the words “special dispensation.” I did not say that children should be squashed. I have never suggested children or those in the LGBT lifestyle should be beaten, punched, abused (physically or psychologically) in any form or fashion.

That is a lie. Listen to the audio and hear for yourself! Pastor Sean is, to the best of my knowledge, a far outlier, even among the conservative Christian community. But when our own side, broadly speaking, says things like this, we have to call them on it. It causes tremendous harm to the cause of defending orthodox Christian teaching about marriage and sexuality to have it taken up by vicious bullies like Pastor Sean Harris. He has just made of himself a gift to the entire pro-SSM activist community, many of whom would like everyone to believe that all traditional Christians think and talk like this.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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