May 2nd, 2012
10:39 PM ET

'Jesus wouldn't preach that sermon'

Could a pastor who encourages parents to punch effeminate boys be held accountable, in court, if followers take his advice? And what does it say that a man in his position is advocating violence against kids? Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin and the Rev. Dr. Cindi Love weigh in.

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  1. Dave

    The real story here is,This Pastor and many of his peers feel sexual orientation can be changed ... I was part of the ex gay movement for 7 years ... they beat me on the back while holding a trash can, trying to get me to cought up the demons of gay ... Needless to say, it did not change my sexual orientation ... I know many of there leaders and pastors and can testfiy that there teaching due great harm, While its been a long and hard road, today, I am married to a same gender person, have 3 children and yes, still have my faith !

    May 3, 2012 at 2:33 am |
  2. shawn

    IF ONLY... Anderson Cooper had expressed this same interest in Rev Wright's sermon's as this pastor's....
    the world might be a better place right now. I just love how selective 'outrage' is for Anderson.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:46 am |
  3. Bev. (Janna) Fudala

    I know that pastor retracted what he said about the horrible disciplining of boys; some religs. go too far; are too strict. I believe in fair discipline, but not like that one at all.

    May 2, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • Jason Chaika

      The "good" pastor actually lied about what he said in his retraction.

      May 3, 2012 at 4:55 am |
  4. Ricky P

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I will have no part in any mentality that confuses cruelty with righteousness and calls kindness an abomination.

    May 2, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
  5. Bruce

    Since his sermon is titled "Vote for Marriage" and focuses on the upcoming NC referendum, shouldn't his church be at-risk of losing its tax-exempt status?

    May 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  6. Charles

    The Pastor not only has the right to preach – but what he did is stand up for what the word of God says on this topic. I'm a Pastor and I would make no apology for this.

    This is why this country is going in the direction its facing... you cross the line that is not of the Lord – you become an enemy of the Lord.

    May 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • John in Vegas

      Anti-gay sentiment is not an expression of religious freedom. It is a form of bigotry that must not be tolerated in any form. It's time to accept that science has won the argument on this. The world is no longer flat and the sun and stars no longer move around the earth. It's time to update another page in your 3000 year old book.

      Stop telling lies. You are helping to destroy too many lives.

      May 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm |