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Pastor Brags: I Punched a Kid ‘As Hard as I Could’ For ‘Not Taking the Lord Seriously’

A New Jersey pastor is under fire after a video of him bragging of converting a “smart aleck” kid by “punching him in the chest as hard as I could” was posted on the web.

The video, posted by the Bible Baptist Church in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, shows Pastor Eric Dammann discussing a young man named Ben who he met in Calgary.

Dammann said he was “a nice kid, but one of those – he was a real smart aleck. He was a bright kid, which didn’t help things – made him more dangerous.”

“We were outside one day at youth group,” Dammann recalled. “And he was just trying to push my buttons. He was just kind of not taking the Lord serious [sic].”

“So I walked over to him and went BAM!” Dammann bragged. “Punched him in the chest as hard as I could. I crumpled the kid. I just crumpled him.” Then I leaned over and said, ‘Ben, when are you going to stop playing games with God?’ I led that man to the Lord right there.”

So there you go. Want a kid to accept religion? Beat it into him, like Jesus would.

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