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."

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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.

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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. Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

    And the local Christians in Stark, FL wonder why there is an argument over a statue of the “Ten” commandments at the court house. We have separation for a reason.. guys like this.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  2. Tera

    As a Christian I'm disgusted at this man. I can't even call him a preacher of the Gospel. It burns me up that the faith that I cherish is constantly co-opted by people that wouldn't know the love of Jesus if Jesus himself tapped them on the shoulder. Just sickening to hear this kind of slime.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  3. jeff

    That is one nice religion he is promoting sounds like just the place to raise kids, care for the sick and poor oh I am sorry I ment molest kids and hate the sick and poor....not for me my friend not for me.....People are leaving religion by the droves and this is why because no one needs to pray to a church they can just pray to their God and put Heretics like this out of business He makes up what he wants and expects you to follow Jim Jones did the same thing

    May 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  4. SilverHair

    His 'school' failed him and it looks like his momma didn't teach him anything either. What a piece of trash.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  5. Stephen

    It "goes viral" but they don't have a link to the YouTube video? Come on, CNN.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Google is a verb as well as a noun.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  6. Donny

    Hmmm.....wonder how long now till his male "travel companion" comes forward. We've seen it time and time again, those that are that vehemently hateful end up being closet cases.........so glad I go to a church that is affirming and welcoming of all, and speaks the true word of God.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  7. zivo24

    Pastor Worley, Rev. Sean Harris, Rev. Fred Phelps.

    Remeber these names next time you start regurgitating rhetoric about "christian-bashing".

    For every action there is a reaction. When people like these men dishonor Jesus Christ by using the faith he left us as a weapon to manipulate, punish, divide, exclude and control others...what do you expect the targets of their hate to do? Just lie down and take it?

    If you are really about "christian bashing" then you should first do something about Christians who bash others. Treat the cause, not the sympton.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  8. Mike

    Smoke screen! Don't look at the economy or housing or unemployment. Hey, look at this idiot instead!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Fundiots, like this pastor, are heroes to the tea baggers who have taken over the republican party. Don't blame us for calling you guys on following cretins like this.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  9. Mattski

    Wonder why Christianity is developing such a horrible reputation in 21st Century America? It's the Christians. I'm sure the sincere Christians out there would want us to ignore this guy, but that's not going to happen until those same sincere Christians have the courage to publicly and loudly stand up to such a twisted, hate-filled version of Christ's message.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • Mike

      No, it's the media.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Maverick

      I'm with Mike on this one. It's the media.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Primewonk

      So it's the media's fault that there are so many cretins like this pastor? Can you explain this?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  10. Starbright

    Which sin is gluttony? Is he the one they cut off at the all-you-can eat restaurant?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  11. serdich

    So people gather in a building to hear a dude talking..why would even trust him..well you dont trust your politicians no ? why is this dude special..he also plays golf on Sunday.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  12. TJ

    This has nothing to do with politics. This person clearly needs help.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • Janine from TX

      It absolutely does have something to do with today's politics. He's influencing very gullible people with respect to voting. I have to doubt that his bigoted thinking isn't just reserved for this church. He is an example of where the fringe right has gone; they may not say it, but they dang well think it, as do many in the Southern states. Been there; seen it. It's ugly.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  13. Stephen

    Sure "Reverend," after that we can put another fenced area up for blacks, and another for Mexicans, and one for the mentally unfit. That will really solve things. Of course I also need to take a second to point out that if rounding up the gay community and fencing them in will cause there to be no gays in society because they can't breed than that means that being gay is genetic, which means that the parents and grandparents of those gay people must also be gay and should be rounded up too. That kinda shoots a hole in the other big anti-gay myth that being gay is a choice.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  14. SilverHair

    His 'school' failed him and it ooks like his momma didn't teach him anything either. What a piece of trash.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  15. usarmyoverlord

    Just like we have locked doors for a reason, you need to keep a lock on your mind when it comes to Preachers, Prophets and Evangelists. Only those who are worthy should be getting your time and money. More importantly only a select few should be getting access to your mind.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  16. Christopher

    Please don't judge our state by this bigoted preacher's actions, nor by our recent passing of a marriage amendment. North Carolina is a very diverse state that is far more progressive than sound bites like this suggest!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • usarmyoverlord

      It looks like you need the normal folks to get out and vote more...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • tyger586

      I seriously doubt that. You're in the Bible Belt, the ammendment, and now two pastors who are an embarassment to decent human beings everywhere. You wouldn't catch me in North Carolina if my life depended on it.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • Matt

      I echo Christopher's words. Remember the state DID vote for Obama.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Hyper

      You vote to Ban Gay Marriage. Then you have one Preacher telling people to punch there kids / crack their wrists if they act effeminate. Now THIS? Seriously!?! Can we go back and let the South leave the union? ;P

      May 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • ain't worth it

      I will not believe that NC is anything but evil and bigoted. If those of you who really claim to love NC, and want us to all love it.. then you need to stand up and shut things down. Protest.. quit your jobs and move to a friendly state... sue the heck out of the state. Do something besides telling us how great it is.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • LBC812

      Christopher- Hard to believe your state is not bigotted when the voting public overwhelmingly passed the anti-gay marriage law. NC has been removed from my short list of US vacation and retirement destinations. Good luck in telling people how diverse NC really is.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Matt

      See.. there you all go JUDGING by the action of one idiot. If you can't open your eyes to that they don't bother coming here because you're just as bad.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Maverick

      To those saying they wouldn't be caught living in NC, maybe you should leave your state 'cause I'm sure there's ONE wacko walking around. Perhaps a murderer or two...but that doesn't exactly mean everyone in the state is a murderer, right? Lay off a bit...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  17. Matt

    I promise you, those educated in North Carolina do not express that view. I'm from NY originally but I'm embarassed to be a NC resident after that.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • Canopy

      I've been embarrassed since the vote but these pasters and sermons are really having me consider relocation.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • Matt

      Yea no kidding about the vote. I'm also a Catholic and I don't agree with half the stuff the church says. I just don't think God had that in mind. We're free to do what we want. Who are we to judge.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  18. Trent

    We'd be better off if we rounded up all the religious people and put them into camps.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
  19. J

    This is disgusting. As an evangelical Christian I am mortified that a preacher would say such horrific things. This is how we approach those with different beliefs, with hatred and malice? If I'm not mistaken, that is the exact opposite approach Christ had. I can only pray that those who aren't Christians won't judge the rest of us by this wackadoo's hysterical nonsense.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • Hmmm

      Why wouldn't we? Of course, christians never judge others based off luncatics rants right?! Right??

      May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  20. exCONservtv

    We all have people like this in our groups or families. When you go... please dont let it be... and it is. People giving Christians a bad name in this case. Sad but oh well. Jesus said, Love one another. My church welcomes everyone.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
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