Justin Griffith Interviews Pastor Sean Harris

By now, I expect you’ve heard a little about Pastor Sean Harris of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC. He’s the pastor who sermonized that parents should enforce gender roles on their children, and suggested that boys should get “a good punch” if they were being to effeminate.

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?

Parts of this sermon went viral, making Harris one of the most disliked people on the net in short order.

This Sunday, our friend Justin Griffith, who is located at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, attended a protest held by the Military Atheists & Secular Humanists at Fort Bragg and other groups outside Berean. Griffith actually got a little closer, getting inside for a brief interview with the pastor. Snippets of the interview were used by news sources, but here’s the whole thing:

Griffith picked up on part of Harris’s response:

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.”

Maybe Harris will soon publish a book including his conversion charts of force-per-pound punishments.

  • http://leavingfundamentalism.wordpress.com Jonny Scaramanga

    Corporal punishment is central to evangelical teaching on parenting. I’m not saying they *all* believe it, but it’s near universal. Anyone who tries to equivocate on that in public is being disingenuous. They think beating children is the will of God, and their strong will must be brought into proper, Christian submission to authority. And using “the rod” (which might not be a rod but usually is made of wood) is the way to do that.

  • Thin-ice

    This is the principle which made James Dobson a huge evangelical SuperStar: See his book, “Dare to Discipline”, in 1970.

  • Adam P. Chacon

    Sean Harris, is one of the most inspiring men I have ever had the privileged of knowing. His charisma and beliefs have made me a better man and leader in today’s Army.. Sean you have many supporters around the US.. God Bless you and “Stand Fast”

    • Custador

      Sean Harris is a douche canoe who thinks violence can and should be used to alter children’s natures. And frankly, if you think the same, then you’re a douche canoe too.

      • UrsaMinor

        No, no! I feel so much safer knowing that my freedoms depend on a guy who would have cheerfully beaten me when I was a child. Because it was my fault and I deserved it.

  • Woodstock

    Beating your children teaches them that might makes right. Beating your children teaches them that hitting people smaller and weaker than you is OK. Beating your children teaches them that it’s not safe to be honest with your parents when you’ve done something wrong. Beating your children creates people who will beat their own children. Are these lessons we want to teach our children?


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