Pastor apologizes for unintentionally getting caught

A few days ago, pastor Sean Harris made headlines after he encouraged his parishioners to beat their children if they displayed any “gay” behavior. Needless to say, he found the attention less than desirable, and has since attempted to retract his statement. Unfortunately, like any homophobe caught in the act, his retraction is less than sincere:

“I apologize to anyone I have unintentionally offended,” Sean Harris, pastor of Berean Baptist Church wrote in a statement on his church’s website. “I did not say anything to intentionally offend anyone in the LGBT community.

He claims his speech was intended as a joke, but judging by all the “Amens” you hear during his speech, it’s clear the audience was rather receptive to his abusive message. His non-apology also rings hollow when statements like this are made:

Harris said in the sermon that same-sex couples are free to live together. He argued Tuesday that there was “not an ounce of hate being communicated in that,” but said in the sermon that such couples live together “in the most sick and ungodly way.”

It’s the whole: “I don’t hate you: God does” argument that gets old real fast. The fact Harris despises gay couples is undeniable, and any attempt not to look like a total asshole is impossible. What I find amusing in all of this is only a few days ago, Dan Savage delivered a speech to high school journalists condemning the Bible for promoting (among other things) homophobia. A few of the students walked out, and the religious right immediately screamed religious discrimination. Savage was essentially vindicated by the Harris’ sadistic and cruel comments, which demonstrated yet again the toxic effects of religious faith. Nice work, Danny-boy.

Comments (3)

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    Rose Scott

    Hate. One of the many reasons why people are leaving the church. I left my Baptist church and joined a UU, where I can have fellowship without the hate speech.

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    What a coward. At least if he had the balls to stand by the hateful shit he was peddling one could muster the tiniest bit of respect for him, but to tell parents to beat their children if they start acting gay and then say “I did not say anything to intentionally offend anyone in the LGBT community,” is just painfully cowardly not to mention transparently untrue. He should know, hateful bigot > hateful bigot, liar and coward.

    Also, $50 says he comes of the closet in the next few years.

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    Marc Baskin

    This whole “love the sinner, hate the sin” crap always bugged my as a xian. What they fail to realize (what I failed to realized in my former life) is that hating the sin is essential hating a part of that person’s personality and arguably their genetic code.

    “hate the sin” IS hating the sinner. Xians just use this phrase to justify condemning others for things that are none of their business.

    Thanks for this post.

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