05-22-12, 04:49 PM #1
NC Pastor Says To Break Bones of Gay Children
Is Pastor Sean Harris' Violent Sermon Against Children Protected Speech?
In an angry tirade during a church sermon, Pastor Sean Harris says to break the bones of children and punch them.
I would like to talk about the criminality of such statements and weather or not this type is speech is protected or should or should not be protected?
Should this Pastor Sean Harris be in jail right? If so, what is his crime?
Last edited by steampunk; 05-22-12 at 04:59 PM.
05-22-12, 04:53 PM #2
I wonder if anyone's already pressing charges, or if I could file a suit right now.
05-22-12, 05:46 PM #3
• #2932267/573 — Includes partial transcript.
• #2937288/575 — Commentary on NC vote.
• #2937345/576 — Considering "incitement" as criminal behavior.
• #2937660/577 — On preacher's retraction and claim to be joking.
These are all found in "The Gay Fray", page 29 by standard view.
Don't let that stop this discussion from going forward, though; I mention these posts because some might wish to include them in the present consideration.
05-22-12, 05:48 PM #4
05-22-12, 06:05 PM #5
I voted yes, not because I want him sent to jail- But I would want him investigated.
Verbally, I agree with arauca
Contrary to to the vote- The vote only gave one option.
Ironically, the bible has some interesting suggestions on how to punish certain people...
Just because some ***** preacher makes a tirade, doesn't mean we cannot allow for parents to know better than to follow his instructions. Would like to believe, anyway, that people would know better...
Either way, he has the right to express his opinions, no matter how ugly and hateful those opinions are.
05-22-12, 06:28 PM #6
05-22-12, 06:29 PM #7
Yeah, as much as I'd love to crack his wrists and give him a good punch, this whole idea of hate speech being illegal frightens the hell out of me. No words, no thoughts should ever be illegal.
05-22-12, 07:03 PM #8
05-22-12, 07:13 PM #9
It's not going to happen anyway. The constitution protects our right to say whatever we want, no matter how vile or irresponsible it is.
05-22-12, 07:39 PM #10
05-22-12, 07:47 PM #11
Sounds like this guy has been reading too much Bible and other related monotheistic literature. He is probably also a product of child abuse himself and is obviously gay.
05-22-12, 07:50 PM #12
Swaggert. "Fornicators should burn!"
Larry Craig. "Dropped something on the bathroom stall floor... must reach for it..."
Charles Worley... Bishop Eddie Long...
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05-23-12, 04:02 PM #13
If the pastor is speaking as the leader of a group, if he has authority and can predict or expect obedience from followers, then he would be liable for the consequences of his "dispensations".
A day care center supervisor, for example, who recommended that adults punch young boys who acted effeminate, would be liable for any punching done accordingly at that day care.
That's not a free speech issue.
05-23-12, 07:37 PM #14
05-23-12, 08:11 PM #15
If this was a Muslim cleric calling for Muslims to blow up gay bars then there would be no question that it was incitement of a crime (terrorism)
This is no different, its incitement of a crime (child abuse) and just because he claims to be (hes not really) Christaian doesnt make any difference.
05-23-12, 08:52 PM #16
If someone who listened to that buffoon actually goes out and does exactly as he says, then yes, you can possibly nail him for inciting violence against homosexuals. Especially since he goes on about how he gave them a "special dispensation" to beat up their children if they appear to be homosexual.
But let me ask you something, how is he any different to this fellow?
Mississippi state Rep. Andy Gipson (R) weighed in on President Barack Obama's gay marriage decision last week, invoking a bible passage that calls for gay men to be "put to death."
In a May 10 Facebook post, Gipson called homosexuality a "sin," citing Leviticus 20:13 and Romans 1:26-28:
Leviticus 20:13 reads: "If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."
You can't jail people for the words they say. Only for what they do or incite people to do. And if someone is stupid enough to take them at their word and commit such an act, then possibly, you might be able try them.
05-23-12, 08:58 PM #17
However on your point about how to get him, you dont think there is something wrong with having to sit back and wait for someone stupid enough to actually carry out his words BEFORE he can be charged? His crime has already happened, he already said that people should be commiting child abuse, encoraged them to do it. So now we have to wait for some poor kid to get it before we can deal with him? If the answer is yes then there is something compleatly wrong with the laws and i mean the laws HERE if thats what your saying would be the case here.
05-23-12, 09:07 PM #18
Has a child been beaten or had his/her bones broken because of what this pastor has said?
In other words, you cannot arrest someone for a crime that has yet to be committed. For all we know (and hope), no one could take him at his word.
What it comes down to is whether you believe people should be arrested for their personal beliefs?
05-23-12, 09:17 PM #19
Hes not advocating the rights of the terminally ill here (i use that because euthasia is also a crime), he is advocating parents beat there children into a bloody pulp because there son happens to like dolls (not even being gay, because he is to girly) or there daughter happens to like to play rough like the boys.
05-23-12, 11:38 PM #20
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