Squash ‘Em Like A Cockroach!

Well, read your Bible.  It is right there.”

—Pastor Sean Harris

he Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, advises that its “typical service lasts 80 minutes.” In 80 minutes you can be in-and-out, satisfied that you have sang, prayed, and heard the most God-awful sermon you have ever heard.

Unless, of course, you are a typical Bible-thumpin’, King James Version believin’ Republican Christian. In that case, you will have liked what you heard and it will inspire you to vote against The Gay.

Call this 80-minute treatment what it is: McBigotry.

This church—which its website helpfully points out is only “8 minutes from the main gate” of Fort Bragg, named after a Confederate general and boasting of a population of almost 40,000—is the home of Pastor Sean Harris, now infamous for, among other things, urging violence against four-year-old boys who show what the pastor considers signs of homosexuality.

During a sermon extolling the virtues of North Carolina’s Amendment 1, a proposed constitutional alteration that would superfluously ban same-sex marriage (it’s already illegal in the state), Pastor Harris said the following (please, watch the video clip and read the transcript):

So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, “Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,” you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female, and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid, is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed! 

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, okay? “You’re not gonna act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male.”

And when your daughter starts acting too “Butch,”  you reign 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 are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl, and that means you are going to be beautiful, you are going to be attractive, you are going to dress yourself up!”

You say, “Can I take charge like that as a parent?” Yeah, you can. You are authorized. I just gave you a special dispensation this morning to do that. (Laughter)

Now, soak that in. Let it penetrate your mind. This church has a school—a school!— with “over 400 students.” And think about this: Many of  your fellow Americans hold similar views. Many of your neighbors or co-workers or friends or relatives would be among those applauding and laughing, if they were sitting in the stinking pews of the Berean Baptist Church.

Because America is polluted with such bigotry. America is full of Berean Baptist Churches, albeit with other names on the church signs.

Before he got to the permission-to-commit-child-abuse meat of his sermon, Pastor Harris started out with a call to civic responsibility:

So my job this morning, my objective this morning, is to so motivate you that you will make it your priority to register and cast a ballot in the next eight days. And if you have not registered, it is not too late. You can get a voter registration card this morning from Keith Howard in the narthex, fill that out. Take it to an early balloting place and you will be able to cast your vote as long as you do it during early voting. You have to be registered to vote on May 8th. If you are not registered to vote on May 8th, you must vote early. You must vote early, and right now the polling places are virtually empty.

So, it is not too much to ask you to get a card this morning, fill out the appropriate information, and make it your priority between Monday and Friday this week to get to one of the polling locations.

Get it? Before the pastor tells you it’s okay to manhandle your kids in the service of God’s allegedly anti-gay agenda, it is absolutely vital that this Man of God motivate you to get out and cast a vote for virtue!

I said the other day that these folks are sick. I know because I used to be one of them. And the only cure, the only thing that will make the world safe from such Iron Age stupidity, is for the rest of us—me and you—to speak up and confront them.



  1. Treeske

     /  May 3, 2012

    Sick sicko, where Religion becomes repulsive!


  2. jdhight01

     /  May 3, 2012

    How sickening. Do these people have any idea what Jesus taught?


  3. This is bigotry on full display, and not only that, but blatant violation of the traditional wall between religion and politics. I’m glad it’s out in the open for all to see, disgusting as it is. Kinda reminds me of some kind of tribal ceremony to prepare for a war, and in this case it’s an ethnic war against people who are different. It must have been something like this back in the day when lynchings were common.


    • I like the comparison to a tribal ceremony and ethnic war. Because the pray-away-the-gay movement is akin to a kind of ethnic cleansing.



  4. King Beauregard

     /  May 3, 2012

    Fair’s fair. Dude wants to tell his flock how to vote, he violates the terms of his 501(c)(3) tax exemption.


    My printer’s on the kibosh, otherwise I would have taken care of this today. (I WOULD have a working printer, except like decent patriotic Americans, I paid my taxes and my bank account is still smarting. But I’m proud to pay my taxes, and I want to hear this guy squeal like a pig over paying his.)


    • Excellent example of being pro-active, KB, and I didn’t know filing a complaint was that easy. Here is an adapted version included in the link you provided:

      • 1. Gather your evidence of a violation.
      • 2. Fill out a Blank IRS Form 13909
      • 3. Don’t forget to date your referral at the top and include your submitter information.
      • 4. Send it to the IRS, either by:

      Email: Prepare your documents as PDF’s or web links, and send your complaint form with supporting documentation to eoclass@irs.gov.

      Fax: fax your documents to (214) 413-5415

      Mail: mail your documents to:

      IRS EO Classification

      Mail Code 4910DAL

      1100 Commerce Street

      Dallas TX 75242-1198


      • King Beauregard

         /  May 4, 2012

        Sonuvagun, I didn’t even realize it could be done by E-Mail. Thanks! I’ve officially lodged a complaint with the IRS and included a link to the YouTube video of Pastor Harris incriminating himself.

        The form was easy enough to fill out and mail off .. screw writing cranky letters to my local newspaper, I’ve found a new hobby!


  5. Jane Reaction

     /  May 4, 2012

    Jane likes your new moniker for the war on this particular population: Pray Away the Gay. Certain to be copied.


    • Jane,

      My telepathic communion with the great beyond is more inclined to pray away the gray.


    • Jane,

      I believe I borrowed stole that one from Rachel Maddow, but I can’t remember exactly. But don’t forget: “Good writers borrow, great writers steal.”



  6. ansonburlingame

     /  May 4, 2012

    To all,

    I “left this one alone”, providing no comments up to this point. But after now reading the normal progressive views herein I offer the following.

    First the title of this blog “Squash’em like a bug” is repulsive to me as well if taken literally, which I assume Duane intended. There go the polemics again.

    But I DO agree with this comment “Sick sicko, where Religion becomes repulsive!” I found the words and ideas of the preacher repulsive as well.

    Now have any of you ever been to a no holds barred “gay bar” complete with male strippers and all sorts of public displays of ???? I have done so and left rather quickly. What I saw was repulsive to me at least. But I did not take pictures and write a blog about “gay bars”.

    I just did not go back to any of them and left them to their own pursuits of happiness. I do the same with various churches. I don’t go around Joplin seeking “repulsive evangelicals”. When I do go to a church, I go to ones that appeal to me. And I don’t blog about such either, “good churches” of which there are many with many good people in attendance.

    And there are as many “god fearing democrats” in such churches as there are Republicans and no one cares a whit about the other’s politics. Instead they as individuals and collectively as a congregation seek ways to find what they believe is God’s Grace. THAT is the separation of church and state envisioned by our Founders, in my view.

    Now do any of you find fault with quiet and serene attempts by individuals to seek Grace, peace of mind and the other benefits that SOME find in worship? I HOPE not. And in my view the number that do so far outstrip the jerks depicted in this blog. By jerks I mean the ones in the blog, not commenters hereto.



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