All of the crazed zealotry emanating from North Carolina Baptist churches lately has put the Southern Baptist Convention on the defensive. They'd like for you to know that those Baptist ministers aren't playing for their team. They may be anti-gay, but they're not that bad. In fact, they didn't even know those churches existed!
In question are sermons and comments posted to YouTube and Facebook promoting the genocide, punishment or prosecution of gays or suspected gays. The posts have gone viral on the Internet.
Among them are anti-gay comments by pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C., advocating the genocide of gays by enclosing them behind electrified fencing until they "die out" from the inability to reproduce.
Pastor Sean Harris of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C., has apologized after he encouraged parents to "punch" and "crack that wrist" of their sons and daughters if they exhibit suspected gay behavior.
Pastor Ron Baity of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., has called for the criminal prosecution of gays...
"While we are deeply distressed at the president's endorsement of same-sex marriage, I believe it is fair to say that the vast majority of Southern Baptists would urge these pastors and all Christians to state their convictions with redemptive grace," [said Roger S. Oldham, Vice President of Communications for the SBC Executive Committee.]
"The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee had no knowledge of these churches' existence until the news stories of the past several weeks were released," Oldham said. "As independent Baptist churches, they are likely not aligned with any Baptist convention in the nation."
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