Baptist Pastor Sean Harris is unapologetic for the remarks he made during a sermon that was a part of the Vote For Marriage NC campaign, a movement encouraging voters in North Carolina to vote against gay marriage.
Harris, who has become known as the Amendment 1 pastor, said:
So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is 4 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 too butch, you rein 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.
Harris has been the subject of scorn since that sermon. The liberal media have made the preacher out to be an advocate of child abuse and gay bullying.
Those who think his message was too violent have sent him death threats. Others have protested outside of the Berean Baptist Church, Harris’ congregation. Police are still patrolling and protecting the area.
The mainstream media have expected an apology, but they have not received it.
Harris recently appeared on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”
“I was telling them in strong words that were not careful. What did I learn this week? Be more careful with your words,” said Harris.
He said he would have used the word “straighten” instead of “crack.”
“It’s amazing how ‘punch’ has been equated with inciting violence against gay youth. That’s not what I meant.”
When CNN correspondent David Mattingly asked “what exactly” he meant, Harris said: “A shove, an affirmation. You see coaches give their players a good punch, a good slug. It’s a way of affirming the gender distinctions between a male and a female. I was apologizing for my failure to say the right thing, to be more careful. …I don’t even believe there are such thing as gay children. …I don’t think I need to apologize for preaching to my people what the word of God says. That’s my responsibility.”
Mattingly said: “I heard a few ‘Amens’ on that recording.”
Harris replied: “Yeah, because they knew what I meant.”
Harris is not alone in his stance on gay marriage. North Carolina became the 31st State to add an amendment on marriage to its constitution. Vote For Marriage NC, the group with which Berean Baptist Church was aligned, raised more than $1 million.
The Rev. Mark Harris, president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, said: “The involvement of the local churches across this state was absolutely the turning point.”
Minnesota, Maine, Maryland and Washington will be voting on gay marriage rights in November.