May 22nd, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Video of North Carolina pastor's plan to 'get rid of' gays goes viral

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Video of a North Carolina pastor preaching that gays and lesbians should be rounded up inside an electric fence is going viral on the Internet, two weeks after North Carolina passed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and President Barack Obama voiced personal support for legalizing such marriages.

"I figured a way out, a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers, but I couldn't get it past the Congress," Pastor Charles L. Worley can be seen telling his Providence Road Baptist Church congregation in the video, which had more than 250,000 YouTube views by Tuesday.

"Build a great big, large fence - 50 or a 100 miles long - and put all the lesbians in there,” Worley went on to say in his May 13 sermon at his Maiden, North Carolina, church. “Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals, and have that fence electrified so they can't get out. Feed them. And you know in a few years, they'll die out. You know why? They can't reproduce."

My Take: The Bible condemns a lot, but here's why we focus on homosexuality

The video had initially been posted on Providence Road’s website but was recently taken down, according to CNN affiliate WBTV-TV in Charlotte.

The phone line at Worley’s church was busy on Monday night and on Tuesday, as was Worley’s home number on Tuesday.

The church’s website was down Tuesday morning, but it had described the house of worship as fundamentalist, meaning it represents a Baptist tradition that's more conservative than the Southern Baptists.

My Take: The Christian case for gay marriage

Worley’s sermon was posted on YouTube by a group called Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate, which is organizing a protest at the Providence Road Baptist Church on Sunday.

Addressing his congregation last Sunday, Worley referred to his earlier controversial sermon.

"I talked a little bit, I believe it was last Sunday, on the homosexual lifestyle, and there was a whole lot of people who didn't like what I said," Worley told his congregation Sunday, according to WBTV. "I want to read it out of the Bible, and then we'll go from there."

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“Listen, all of the Sodomites, the lesbians, and all of the ... what's that word? Gays - I didn't wanna say 'queers' - that say we don't love you, I love you more than you love yourself,” Worley said, according to WBTV. “I'm praying for you to be saved."

Worley’s initial sermon was partly framed as a response to Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, which he made in a TV interview a day after North Carolina voters passed a state constitutional amendment banning legal recognition of such marriages and other types of gay unions.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD, was working Tuesday to gather criticism of Worley’s comments from other North Carolina pastors.

“I am angry and sick at heart over Pastor Worley's comments,” said the Rev. Dennis Teall-Fleming, pastor at Open Hearts Gathering in Gastonia, North Carolina, in a statement distributed by GLAAD.

“Nothing he says has anything to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Teall-Fleming, who leads a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation. “I call on all Christian and Baptist organizations that have any connection with him to condemn his comments as strongly as I do, including Providence Road Baptist Church of Maiden.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Homosexuality • North Carolina

soundoff (5,806 Responses)
  1. Kale

    This pastor obviously did not read the Bible where it says God loves the world, that means everybody, or when Jesus says to Love God and love your neighbor. Jesus really didn't mention anything about gay people. Believe in Christ, not branded, so called "Christianity" , believe in the Spirit not religion.

    He who hates his neighbor is the same as a murderer.

    May 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  2. Angel

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    May 26, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • Skeptic

      And I remember why I'm an Athiest.

      May 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  3. Henry

    F-u-c-k-i-g f-o-g-g-o-t-s don’t play with a full deck!

    May 25, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • Angel


      If you are going to slur a group of people spell check might be a start. I would call you retarded but that would be hurtful for people with down syndrome. You are only proving how much of an idiot you are crawl back into your bible belt hole where you belong or perhaps post on fox news because they would appreciate your rhetoric.

      May 26, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • tb63

      Just playing with the cards life dealt me. Happily I might add.

      May 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
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  7. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Proven absolutely !

    May 25, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Christopher R.

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      May 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
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  11. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    It would be an effective way of world cleansing.

    May 25, 2012 at 6:46 am |
    • tb63

      I agree. Let's put all the women that agree with Pastor Worley in one pen, and all the men that agree with him in the other.

      May 25, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  12. willie

    Can any Christian please tell me how they know a god exists other than the bible says there is one? How do they know that there is an afterlife other than the bible saying there is one?

    May 25, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • Zach

      Blah. Obvious troll is obvoius.

      I'm agnostic and I think comments like yours are absolutely pointless. You're asking a question which you already know the answer to.

      They call it faith.

      May 25, 2012 at 6:19 am |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      I think that willie was looking for a more reasonable answer than the ususal B S that gets thrown around.

      May 25, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • mema

      As a Christian I would say that if you can prove there is no God then do so. The belief that God exist is a matter of both faith and weighing of the evidence. Of course for an atheist kust the word evidence will stir up much emotion and anger. So let me explain what I am refering to when I say evidence. First I look to archeological findings that verify events and civilizations and specific people mentioned in the bible. Secondly I considered if the practices and religous beliefs and customs are in adherance with the actual customs of those time periods. Next I look at life, all life, and consider if any other explanation other than creation fits. The diversity of our planet, food and resourses for me speak volumes. I look at the rather large gaps and lack of fossil evidence to support evolution. Considering the vast amount of life our planet supports there is only a tiny amount of finding that only remotely suggest evolution. There many other things I look but for the sakeof time I will leave it at that.

      May 25, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  13. i'm back!

    I am a sinner and God loves me! He love you! He loves all!
    Turn to him and seek forgiveness. Salvation is available to all those who seek him.

    May 24, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      Why? I mean, it's kind of a cop-out to ask for god's forgiveness. Adults take responsibility for their actions. If god is real, then he's big enough to handle my minor offenses. However, the other people I might have wronged deserve to offer forgiveness far more than an all powerful god would.

      May 25, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • sam stone

      Sorry. Free people do not need forgiveness. Slaves do.

      May 25, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Sin is strictly a christard thing, not everyone accepts it and not everyone is so weak minded that they need to turn to your imaginary friend for forgiveness...some of us are quite capable of taking responsibility for our mistakes in this world.

      May 25, 2012 at 8:45 am |
    • Primewonk

      " God loves me! He love you! He loves all!"

      However, your god commands that you kill gay folks. Your god commands that you kill unruly children. Your god commands thay you kill girls you don't scream loud enough while being ràped. Your god commands that you kill girls who aren't virgins on their wedding night. Your god commands that you kill your spouse, child, or friend if they try and get you to worship a different version of a god. Your god demands that young girls who are ràped have to marry their attackers.

      Please explain to the class where the love is? I can't seem to find it.

      May 25, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • mema

      @truthprevails...what you call mistakes we call sins. Same thing really just a different name. Where you rely on your conscious we also rely on our conscious but also look to God for forgivenes. @godfreenow...It is not a matter of if God is big enough to handle minor offenses it is a matter of respect and appreciation that he is so forgiving. If I do something against a love one or friend or stranger even I find it is a thoughtful gesture to offer my apologies even if it was not nesessarily intentional. Apparently you find it more important to seek forgiveness from a fellow sinner than from an "all powerfull god". I however find it much more important to seek Gods forgiveness in much the samr way that my parents forgiveness in more important than an aquaintence or strangers.

      May 25, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • GodFreeNow

      @mema, a god that orders the murder of women and children and commits genocide with a great flood does not deserve my respect or appreciation. I still ask the question, why should your parents forgive you for something you did to someone else and not to your parents?

      May 25, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  14. Reality

    Dear Pastor "Not So Bright"/"GAY Neck" Worley,


    o "Abrahamics" like you believe that their god created all of us and of course that includes the g-ay members of the human race. Also, those who have studied ho-mo-se-xuality have determined that there is no choice involved therefore ga-ys are ga-y because god made them that way.

    1. The Royal College of Psy-chiatrists stated in 2007:

    “ Despite almost a century of psy-choanalytic and psy-chological speculation, there is no substantive evidence to support the suggestion that the nature of parenting or early childhood experiences play any role in the formation of a person’s fundamental heteros-exual or hom-ose-xual orientation. It would appear that s-exual orientation is biological in nature, determined by a complex interplay of ge-netic factors and the early ut-erine environment. Se-xual orientation is therefore not a choice.[60] "

    2. "Garcia-Falgueras and Swaab state in the abstract of their 2010 study, "The fe-tal brain develops during the intraut-erine period in the male direction through a direct action of tes-tosterone on the developing nerve cells, or in the female direction through the absence of this hor-mone surge. In this way, our gender identi-ty (the conviction of belonging to the male or female gender) and s-exual orientation are programmed or organized into our brain structures when we are still in the womb. There is no indication that social environment after birth has an effect on gender ident–ity or s-exual orientation."[8

    3. See also the Philadelphia Inquirer review “Gay Gene, Deconstructed”, 12/12/2011. Said review addresses the following “How do genes associated with ho-mose-xuality avoid being weeded out by Darwinian evolution?”

    (Note: some words hyphenated to defeat the moderators "secret" word/fragment filter.)

    May 24, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
  15. wmbkdb

    I seem to remember back in the 1930's and 1940's another wanted to and did something like this, not only with gays, but with catholics and jews..THAT WAS ADOLPH HITLER .... I do not remember any passage in the BIBLE that woud support this posture from a supposed preacher.

    May 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • Hitler was an atheist

      "I seem to remember back in the 1930's and 1940's another wanted to and did something like this, not only with gays, but with catholics and jews..THAT WAS ADOLPH HITLER"

      Thanks for proving my point.

      May 25, 2012 at 6:51 am |
    • WASP

      @hitler was: you truly want to know what hitler was? he was a power hungry maniac that saw an easy way to get into power by giving the defeated germans a common enemy......that and he hide behind religion to get it done; like his many speechs he would claim he was doing god's work. popes and vile leaders throughout history have used religion to prove to the people they are right for their actions and to unite the plebs inmass to their cause. so no hitler wasn't religious nor was he atheist, he was a crazed maniac bent on power.

      May 25, 2012 at 7:48 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      Hitler was NOT an atheist, he was a christian/catholic.

      "I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator." – Adolf Hitler

      "Who says I am not under the special protection of God?" – Adolf Hitler

      May 25, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      "As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice." – Adolf Hitler

      May 25, 2012 at 9:04 am |
    • common sense needed

      Only a moron would quote Adolf Hitler as a source to prove something.

      May 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  16. the truth

    On that day of Judgement all who choose to live in sin will get their reward, Choose this day whom ye will serve, the truth will be reveal. Trust me you won't be judge on what U feel is right but by the holy word of God, Let God word be true and every man a lie.

    May 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • sam stone

      Why should we trust you?

      May 25, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      I wouldn't hold your breath for that "judgement day" you christards are so fond of spewing. You might pass out waiting for it.

      May 25, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • GodFreeNow

      Yay! We get a reward for sin!!!

      May 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  17. the truth

    What the Pastor said was nothing bad remember God destroyed a whole city of Gays

    May 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • pervert alert

      5 cities of qu-eers.

      May 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The fact that you view this as just perfectly okay says all that need be said about you, Cletus.

      Go grow a brain.

      May 24, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
    • Reality

      Putting the OT into the 21st century:

      origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times review and important enough to reiterate.

      New Torah For Modern Minds

      “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

      The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."


      Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell.

      May 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
    • sam stone

      Ezekiel 16:49

      New International Version (NIV)

      49 “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.

      sure have a funny view of things, "the truth".....

      May 25, 2012 at 8:32 am |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    May 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      Yes, prayer changes things, fairies are real, there's gold at the end of rainbows... Now send me your bank account information so I can wire you $25million.

      May 25, 2012 at 12:03 am |
  19. Holly Good

    I live in NC, in a town that is a bit of a distance from Maiden, but still a small town. Having been raised in a church, I left at age 18. I've never been back. It's churches, people and pastors like this that convinced me to never return. My husband and I have a marriage that was started in the great outdoors. We still look back on it with great fondness because it was exactly what we wanted rather than church dictated.

    My Sundays have been spent blissfully with my family. My two children have been in a church for a few weddings and funerals, but otherwise have been raised outside of church.

    More people should live life outside of church. Show us your religious core by how you act.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • Neptune's Revenge

      I have alway's said... "If you want to experience the glory of "GOD"... Go out to the great outdoors. It is the most beautiful temple you will ever find. Well said Holly Good.

      May 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @Neptune's Revenge, If you ever want to find god, look inward. You'll hear the voice of ego speaking to you.

      May 25, 2012 at 12:08 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Well, now it COULD be the egg salad, you know...

      May 25, 2012 at 12:09 am |
    • Neptune's Revenge

      Henry, TomTom, and GodFree... I don't need any traitor of my Country, or my God, to tell me where to find salvation. All though... I do find joy in egg salad, and my ego is up there with the star's of heaven. Henry... Put your pointed cap back on with your white sheet. There is a hot fire waiting for the likes of you!

      May 25, 2012 at 5:28 am |
    • Neptune's Revenge

      Tomtom, and GodFree... I am sorry for the "Traitor" remark. Ignore it please. It was not meant for you... Hopefully the rest made you laugh. HENRY! I meant every word!

      May 25, 2012 at 5:43 am |
    • GodFreeNow

      @Neptune's Revenge, no worries. I'm guilty of the same in the past.

      May 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  20. Henry

    The whole purpose of being h-m-s-x-a- is to have a penis invade the anal cavity designed specifically by God with the sole purpose of evacuating excrement out of the body, and that is why the h-m-s-x-a-‘s ability to reason is completely skewed. They also justify their perversion by twisting the words of the Bible as result of lacking a conscience or the urge to prefer right over wrong. Consequently, there is nothing to prevent them from willfully maligning Pastor Worley by twisting the real meaning of his words.

    May 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • momoya

      Henry, with all due respect, you're a moron.. A n a l s3x does not equal homerseckuality, but I imagine that even such a simple point as this is beyond your reasoning capability.

      May 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • sam

      Jeez, they all sound like this until someone finally finds their prostate.

      May 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Neptune's Revenge

      Oh Henry... You must have put PreperationH on your swollen mouth and taped it shut. Because your speaking out your butt! You nutty little "Tea Bagger!"

      May 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Henry

      The comments by momoya, sam, and Neptune’s Revenge are the evidence that compels the mind to accept my assertion as true.

      Thank you

      May 24, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The comments by you, Henry, are sufficient to make me dismiss you as a complete idiot.

      May 25, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • GodFreeNow

      Personally, I quite enjoy a little a.nal every once in a while. If the girl's down for it, so am I. I also enjoy oral se.x which I guess by interpretation, the mouth's only purpose is for eating, speaking, breathing and vomiting. And lastly, I enjoy a good hand job every now and again, not to mention mas.turbation. I guess for you, hands should only be used for tilling the land, opening doors and typing ignorant comments on your keyboard.

      May 25, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • Henry

      Here we have GodFreeNow and Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son, two as-holes full of c-ck.

      May 25, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • GodFreeNow

      @Henry, When reason fails, revert to 5th grade insults. Unfortunately, your jab falls a bit flat since I'm not a hom.ophobe. Please try again. I'm sure we're all waiting to see what a brilliant mind like yours can come up with.

      May 25, 2012 at 3:52 am |
    • Neptune's Revenge

      Repent Henry... Your mind is a terrible waste!

      May 25, 2012 at 5:33 am |
    • sam stone

      Christians justify their perversion by twisting the words of the bible, Henry

      May 25, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      LET's Religiosity Law #1 – If you use words and phrases like: ""designed specifically by God with the sole purpose of evacuating excrement out of the body.”

      Then you are most definitely mentally retarded.

      May 25, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • Henry

      S-o-d-o-m-i-t-e-s will burn in h-e-l-l together with all those b-a -s-t-a-r-d-s that support them by rimming and licking their a-s-s-h-o-l-e-s while prostrated on their knees in adoration!!

      May 25, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • MarkinFL

      Come on Henry, can't you do better than that? You're getting even more boring. Proving that I do not know everything.

      May 25, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • Henry

      I am not here to amuse you. I am here to tell you to repent, and to get on your knees, but this time to beg God for his forgiveness, because if you die today without Jesus Christ you will burn in h-e-l-l for ever and ever.

      May 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • tb63


      May 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • tb63

      Henry, you seem rather obsessed with ana1 s3x. Just so you know, not all gay men are into it, and not all ana1 s3x is practiced by gay men. There is nothing gay men do that straight folks don't also. Of course, practicing only the mi$$ionary is the ticket to heaven I suppose.

      May 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Neptune's Revenge

      Henry... It sounds like you had a bad experience with a rim job, and prostate massage. Take your head out of your butt, and keep your fingers (as well as other objects) away from there. Remember... M-A-S-T-U-R-B-A-T-I-O-N is a sin. You have spent way too much time with yourself. Go see your local clergy-man. I am sure he can help.

      May 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @Henry, Getting on your knees sounds a bit gay, Henry... sure you're not trying to tell us something?

      May 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Henry

      The moderating s-o-d-m-i-t-e of CNN completely lost his/her nerve and rejected my last post.

      May 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • MaryM

      Henry, God said if you dont keep your mouth shut and stop typing your hate he is going to smite you.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:32 am |
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