Usually graduation speakers give touching and funny speeches designed to inspire students before they head out into the big, bad world. This guy, however, felt it was a good opportunity to publicly denounce homosexuals and inform them of their impending damnation.
Pastor Scott Carpenter was invited to give the baccalaureate address at North Carolina’s Kings Mountain High School last week. But, instead of honouring the students’ achievements, Carpenter went rogue and starting ranting about how gay students in the hall would all burn in hell.
Unsurprisingly, the assembled students and parents were unimpressed, and the school has had to quickly distance itself from the pastor’s comments.
Speaking to local television station WBTV, parent Chuck Wilson said:
This is bullying. Bullying doesn’t have to happen from the back hallway of a school or a back parking lot. It can happen from the pulpit, it can happen from the stage.
Despite the criticism, Carpenter doesn’t feel he behaved inappropriately and believes he simply did what he “had to do as a Christian minister”.
Nobody got bashed or anything. All I did was simply speak biblical truth. Do I hate anybody? Absolutely not. I just love them too much not to tell them the truth.
Talk about an error in judgement from the Kings Mountain High staff! Maybe get someone like Ryan Adams or Jeff Hardy in to talk to the students next time, guys.