Parents of graduating seniors at a high school in North Carolina are up in arms after a pastor delivered what they interpreted as an anti-gay speech to during an annual baccalaureate service held on Kings Mountain High School’s campus in Cleveland County.
According to TWC News Wednesday, a student says pastor Scott Carpenter told graduating seniors in the optional service held at the public high school that they will not go to heaven if they are homosexuals. It wasn’t the type of graduation speech the school or the students envisioned. One parent labeled the speech as “bullying.”
“This is bullying,” said one parent via the Advocate. “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.”
None of the students at the service are known to be openly gay, but Carpenter felt he needed to deliver his message to the students, a message he called a “biblical truth.” But his message was not appreciated nor welcomed and parents remain outraged that the students had to endure such a speech during an event held to honor the seniors’ accomplishments.
Despite the controversy, Carpenter has no regrets. He told Charlotte news station WBTV, the one audience and only audience he has to “please is God.” He also said that he doesn’t have hate in his heart, but the love he has for the students wouldn’t allow him to not tell them his belief of the truth.