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Horrifying: Audio of Pastor Telling Laughing Congregation to Beat Gay Kids

 
 
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This video, circulated by the website, "Good As You,"has gone viral--in a negative way--this week. It features a pastor in North Carolina, which is currently embroiled in a political fight over a proposed amendment to ban gay marriage, telling congregants to "beat the gay" right out of their kids.

There's really little to be said besides: this is utterly appalling, and shows how far we have to go as a culture. This kind of talk should never be acceptable anywhere, in jest or in earnest.  I quote:

Can I make it any clearer? 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? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male

Listen below, if you can stomach it:

As Jezebel's Cassie Murdoch wrote in her deconstruction of this sermon, "But until our Lord and Savior shows back up to take care of business, the state of North Carolina might want to send a child services worker (or a whole army of them) to the Berean Baptist Church..."

Amen to that.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at May 2, 2012, 6:52am

 
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