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Pastor to high school seniors: You’re going to hell if you’re gay

“Nobody got bashed or anything. All I did was simply speak biblical truth… The number one audience that I have to please is God.”


–Pastor Scott Carpenter, speaking with North Carolina’s WBTV. Carpenter is under fire from angry parents who claim a baccalaureate service he gave at Kings Mountain High School was “anti-gay,” “bullying” and “simply an inappropriate topic,” after telling students that if they were homosexual, they’d be going to hell.

“Do I hate anybody? Absolutely not. I just love them too much not to tell them the truth,” Carpenter said. He continued, saying: “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.”

One parent wasn’t convinced with Carpenter’s explanation.

“This is bullying. Bullying doesn’t have to happen from the back hallway of a school or a back parking lot,” Chuck Wilson said. “It can happen from the pulpit, it can happen from the stage. It’s a public school. There are children here. I think there should be some level of responsibility of the speaker coming in to not take advantage of a captive audience. It was just simply an inappropriate topic for a baccalaureate service.”

The school has stated that they’ll be more cautious in their speaker selection for next year’s service.

Rhuaridh Marr is Metro Weekly's managing editor. He can be reached at

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