Preacher Apologizes for Sermon Urging Parents to Hit Gay Children

A North Carolina Baptist pastor has issued an apology for a sermon in which he encouraged parents to hit children who exhibit homosexual behaviors, news sources are reporting.

According to, the Rev. Sean Harris, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, was preaching an unscripted sermon the Sunday before the state was to consider a constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be between one man and one woman.

“The second you see your son dropping that limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist,” CNN reports Harris said in the Sunday sermon. “Man up. Give him a good punch.”   “You’re not going to act like that,” the pastor advised parents to tell their children. “You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male.”

Wednesday, Harris issued an apology on the church’s website, saying, “I apologize to anyone I have unintentionally offended.  I did not say anything to intentionally offend anyone in the LGBT community.  My intent was to communicate the truth of the Word of God concerning marriage.  My words were not scripted. It is unfortunate I was not more careful and deliberate.”

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  1. by Dan

    On May 3, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Intolerance is argueably hamankind’s # one enemy. Yet it is routinely preached by many of the world’s leading religions. No wonder organized religion is on the decline.

  2. by Shelly

    On May 8, 2012 at 10:56 am

    This is why I despise organized religion. Families are torn apart rather than accepting and loving one another for whom they are. The preacher may be apologizing for the hitting comment;however, I doubt he recognizes the psychological abuse he is promoting.