PASTOR HATE

Meet Pastor Sean Harris, a fanatical baptist minister in North Carolina who hates children that don’t gender conform:

“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. 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.”

He then goes on to re-affirm his sexism, transphobia and misogyny, thus:

“And when your daughter starts acting to Butch you reign her in. And you say, “Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them 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.”

Incitement to child abuse? Very possibly…but, Pastor Hate, don’t be surprised if she comes over and gives you a good punch(!)

Unbelievably, when taken to task over this his defence was that it was okay because he was not being homophobic, but *merely* calling upon his parishioners to force children to conform to the false socially-constructed gender norms of the patriarchy by using physical violence against those who do not. As if that makes everything all right, then!!!!!!

The incitment to hate crime and violence in his ranting video surely equal that of those of fanatics from other religions – famously such as Osama bin Laden and Abu Hamza – yet he will not face terrorism charges nor will he even be regarded as a terrorist.

Why?

Because of the still widespread US racism which holds him in better regard and accords him more privileged treatment because he’s a white-skinned Christian American…very possibly…Plus the peculiar American paradox with a history of taking the moral high ground through excessive marketing of itself as a refuge and land of opportunity for the rest of the world’s persecuted yet at the same time having an intensely paranoid fear of the foreigner. Once upon-a-time it was ‘Reds under the bed’ a.k.a. ‘Godless’ Russian communists – now its most recent scare has been those from north Africa and the middle-east. Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether or not the ‘American Dream’ is in fact a nightmare, ain’t it?

Yet, violence against the LGBTQ community as well as that against non-LGBTQ people who don’t gender conform is an everyday reality and is probably much more common than terrorist attacks. Wonder what the statistics are for those who have been murdered for being gay, trans or gender non-conforming by homophobes, transphobes and sexists compared with those murdered by al Qaeda? It might well be found that more people have been murdered for being LGBTQ and gender non-conformist and many more of us are likely to die at the hands of domestic homophobes, transphobes and sexists than we are in a terrorist attack by a ‘foreign’ al Qaeda cell. Therefore, surely this makes the likes of Preacher Harris statistically even more dangerous than other hate-filled ranters like Abu Hamza?

The sad fact is that many of those in the Republican heartland of the USA (the so-called ‘Bible Belt) share his opinions though (even though many of them may not always voice them so loudly in public) and even though this Christian fanatic is saying exactly the same sort of reactionary homophobic, transphobic and misogynistic things as a Muslim fanatic he’ll, by contrast, be regarded in a totally positive light. In fact, the Republicans have even elected a person with a track record of cruel and sadistic homophobic, transphobic and sexist attacks upon others as their presidential candidate: Mitt Romney. With the soon-to-be spectre of this deranged sadist becoming head of one of the most powerful countries in the world be afraid; very afraid. For he practises what Pastor Sean Harris preaches.

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