Spare the rod, spoil the child – weapon depends on kid’s age, weight

In addition to releasing the full version of the video, I’ve clipped out this horrifying scene from Pastor Sean Harris’ interview with me. He had been retracting his statements like this all week long in the media, and in that very interview.

Then all of a sudden he said this:

Justin Griffith: “But you wouldn’t literally use a rod would you?”

Sean Harris: “No, of course not. We may use some instrument of discipline in a careful and appropriate way. Depending on the age of the child, depending on the weight of the child…”

Sorry for ruining your day – but somebody has to get the word out. Stay tuned, we’ve got another local pastor saying the same stuff. Except Mark Rowden isn’t even ‘fake apologetic’, and the media hasn’t picked up on him yet.

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  • Steve

    Looks like his control slipped there for a moment. What he said in his “sermon” was his true personality. Then in the interview he tried very hard to be calm and control his rage. But it didn’t work the whole time.

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  • Robin

    If you are voting in North Carolina today, here’s the question you need to ask yourself on Amendment One. “Should the rights of a majority trump the rights of a minority?” If this were a vote on whether blacks could marry whites how would it go? Do you really want to go backward?

  • Buffy

    What would be the Biblically appropriate weapon for Sean Harris?

  • amhovgaard

    Considering his age and weight, I’d say a bullwhip.

  • Dalillama

    @ buffy

    Personally I lean towards baseball bat, but I could be argued into using a piece of rebar instead.

  • gwen

    I have never understood why the same level of violence, illegal when used against an adult, is legal–even lauded–when used against a defenseless child..

  • Mundania_express

    @Buffy: I’m sure there’s a Anal Intruder buttplug available at a sex shop near this clown’s church that could be forcefully and repeatedly used. I bet the clerks would even recognize him. Oh, wait, I bet if we checked his (or his wife’s, GF’s, or BF’s) nightstand, I bet we’d find one ready to go.

  • Robert B.

    Gwen, it’s always been legal for first-class citizens to assault second-class citizens. It is considered a natural consequence of their authority and privilege. Under old-school European monarchy, nobles could beat peasants. In the US’ history, white people could beat slaves. There are countries today where women are routinely sexually assaulted (usually “just” groping, but still) by men and boys passing on the street. The modern US is less of a classed society than some, but kids are still considered sub-people who have to do as they’re told or else.