Christianity and Homophobia: Pastor Sean Harris

Pastor Sean Harris, a senior pastor at the Berean Baptist Church, is one of the many examples of homophobia in the Christian community.

Excerpts of his sermon:
Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see that son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give them a good punch. OK? You’re not going to act like that — you were made by God to be a male and you’re going to be a male.

And when your daughter starts acting too ‘butch,’ you rein her in. And you say, ‘Oh no. Oh no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play ‘em, play ‘em to the glory of God, but sometimes you’re going to act like a girl and talk like a girl and talk like a girl, and smell like a girl, and that means you’re going to be beautiful, you’re going to be attractive, you’re going to dress yourself up.

Here’s the audio clip: [http://www.goodasyou.org/player.swf]

After the sermon went viral on the internet, Pastor Harris, the homophobic hate-monger, is claiming he was only joking, would never even touch a child, “would never ever advocate” hitting a child, and says his parishioners — many of whom shouted “Amen!” when Harris said to punch a four-year old – know he would never advocate child abuse. Harris also claims there was ”not an ounce of hate being communicated” in his remarks in church on Sunday, focused on the evils of homosexuality in hopes of ensuring parishioners vote for North Carolina’s Amendment One, which would write anti-gay discrimination directly into the constitution, and would define as the only legal relationship a marriage between one man and one woman. Amendment One would also  immediately make domestic violence victims ineligible for protection orders and would even remove children from their unmarried parents’ health insurance.

However, being a man of god and faith, he defended his homophobia, saying,”If I had to say it again, I would say it differently, no doubt,” Harris said Tuesday. “Those weren’t planned words, but what I do stand by is that the word of God makes it clear that effeminate behaviour is ungodly. I’m not going to compromise on that.

Yes, folks, this is what they teach the sheeps at church. And let’s not be fooled by the hoards of moderate Christians who would claim that Pastor Sean Harris isn’t a true Christian. No, read the bible, that holy book is a hateful, homophobic, ancient scripture that does nothing but promote persecution and oppression.

Pastor Sean Harris is a man of god indeed, a man created in the image of god.

Religious authorities must be held responsible for promoting child abuse, this isn’t a LGBT rights issue, this is a human rights issue. The blanket of immunity the government give religious leaders must be removed for humanity to eradicate unfounded hate and persecution.

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2 thoughts on “Christianity and Homophobia: Pastor Sean Harris

  1. I’m sorry that you have had such negative experiences with people calling themselves Christians. I am a Christian, as are many of my friends and no one I know feels the way you seem to think we do. I read a great article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/derek-flood/jesus-homosexuality_b_1442195.html. This writer pretty well summed up my feelings… regardless of what we think people’s behavior should be, above all, Jesus preached LOVE. And the Bible (“the hateful, homophobic, ancient scripture that does nothing but promote persecution and oppression”) tells us that “love is patient. Love is kind. Love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way….” When Jesus was asked which of the commandments were the greatest he answered “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and second to this, love your neighbor as yourself.” A true follower of Jesus should NEVER be hateful. We really aren’t such a bad bunch. I hope you have a chance to get to know some of us soon.

    • Chris Lim says:

      I am not saying implying that all religious people are evil. Granted, there are good, religious people, but I prefer to view them as just good people, religion isn’t a pre-requisite. Moderate Christians, along with all other moderates from other religions, must understand just as you cherry-picked the good, decent part out of your holy scriptures, other are cherry-picking different parts of the scriptures in the same manner you are.

      “With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. ”

      This book, along with the Quran, is undoubtedly filled with evil, whether you want to acknowledge it is a whole different story. But it’s there, “the word of god” as many would term it. Putting homosexuality aside, take the Creationism vs Evolutionism debate. Actually, it isn’t really a debate. The bible/Quran version doesn’t have a single piece of evidence on its side. Evolution has been proven under stringent Scientific conditions. And yet, a majority of the world believes in that nonsense, placing many beneficial technological and social advancement under scrutiny, with a microscope built on fairytales – such as stem cell research and the abortion debate. Humanity is being held at ransom by childish, unsubstantiated beliefs. I would have no problem with religion if religious people keep it at home, without interfering with public and governing policies.

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