A North Carolina pastor is being
criticized for telling students attending a graduation event that
they will go to hell if they are gay.
According to WBTV,
Pastor Scott Carpenter of Temple Baptist Church in Kings Mountain
made his comments during the Kings Mountain High School's annual
Chuck Wilson, a parent, told WBTV that
dozens of parents and students were offended by Carpenter's remarks.
“This is bullying,” he said.
“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.”
“It's a pubic 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
Carpenter dismissed the criticisms.
“Do I hate anybody? Absolutely not.
I just love them too much not to tell them the truth,” he said.
“Nobody got bashed or anything,”
Carpenter added. “All I did was simply speak biblical truth. …
The number one audience that I have to please is God.”
Cleveland County Schools said that the
selection of speakers at the optional event was left up to religious
leaders in the community.