Pastor Scott Carpenter of the Temple Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, North Carolina delivered a baccalaureate service sermon in which he told students that if they were LGBT they were going to hell. Carpenter stood by his sermon and attempted to justify his actions labeling his bigotry in the guise of love. During an interview with the local news station, Carpenter rhetorically questioned:
Do I hate anybody? Absolutely not. I just love them too much not to tell them the truth. …Was I trying to be mean spirited? Absolutely not. Was I trying to hurt somebody’s feelings? Absolutely not. I was simply had to do what I had to do as a Christian minister.
Baccalaureate services are religious in nature. Because this was not a school sanctioned or mandated event, the students were not required to attend. However, the majority of students chose to attend according to the report by Sarah-Black Morgan of WBTV. In the interview, the pastor assures himself of his actions based on the fact that the event was held at a local church and not on school campus.
The pastor stated, “Nobody got bashed or anything. All I did was simply speak biblical truth.” Clearly this was not the case, as several parents reached out to their local news station complaining about the incident and stating that they felt the pastor used the captive audience to bully his listeners.
Watch the interview with this hateful pastor:
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