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. Jeff from Columbus

    This is a disturbing trend that the media has taken on in its attack on Christianity. They find the extremists and paint the entire religion with a broad brush based on the actions of those extremists.

    Was this pastor wrong? Of course. Does this pastor represent all Christians? Of course not.

    What if the media used blacks on Death Row as a representation of all blacks? What if the media used gays on Death Row as a representation of all gays?

    We would rightly label the media as ignorant bigots.

    But, its ok when the same tactic is used against Christians? Really?

    Come on, CNN. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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

      Well said Jeff

      May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • sam stone

      Jeff: These bigots are attempting to deny people's civil rights

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

      How does this article paint all Christians as haters?

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

      Where does CNN say that all christians are like this? Someone in a position of trust said something deplorable, the purpose of journalism is to bring that to the public view. That's not biased, it's news. What makes a difference is how people react. if the christian community denounces him and takes away his ability to speak to teh masses, then it will show that not all christians have the same bigotted ideals. if they accept it, make excuses for him, and let him keep going, then it's not CNN making christianity look bad, it's the christians doing it.

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

      Death Row! It was a Baptist Church. What the media did was carry a national story on a monster who parades around as a Pastor. Pastor Worley also publicly supported Romney in a sermon. The churches tax exempt status is now in question.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Jeff from Columbus

      @BRC: CNN isn't stupid enough to put into its article – "Oh, and by the way, all Christians are like this".

      But, its implied. When all we see are stories about extremist Christians, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the intent of the mainstream media outlets like CNN.

      Just like the media used to only report incidents where blacks committed crimes to justify bigotry. If a black man did something good, it wasn't reported. Only the crimes.

      Same thing here. Its called "selective reporting" and its insulting to Christians everywhere. And it has to stop.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • iheartyou

      Well said, BRC.

      Jeff: Oh please – no one is attacking christianity. CNN does this with everything. Are you brand new to the CNN style of reporting?? CNN DOES do this with blacks and gays and latinos, etc. It's been happening so often, and for so long, that these groups are just kinda' used to CNN's nonsense. You christians are new to the game – the media usually doesn't call your group out on your sh-t.

      But, really, calm down – only people as ignorant and as backwards as this "preacher" would take this article to mean that all christians are this hateful and mean spirited. Most of us know, live with, work with, are family to, good hearted loving christians, and we recognize that this man is not one. You should be way more ashamed of this "preacher" than you are of CNN. CNN is just reporting it – this man is actively preaching it.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • BRC

      "Loving father of 3 goes to work, coaches, baseball, and goes to church on Sunday". IT is true, is a generalized picture of the majority of good christian fathers out there, and it is in no way news or worth reporting.

      When Christian leaders stop saying absurd hateful things, news organizations will stop reporting on them. Until then every single one should be brought to light.

      There is a difference between enforcing racial stereotypes by "selective reporting", and illustrating an existing behavior.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  2. Canopy

    The erosion of religion is subtle yet overt. Spirituality will reign supreme!

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

      Or maybe just decency and common sense. At this point it sounds like those would be better outcomes.

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

      To each their own my brother!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  3. Quick E Mart Clerk

    If you want to find someone to be really mad at, to believe that you've been slighted and victimized, you can look long and hard and find someone like this guy.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  4. R M

    A common theme of evangelical christians... teaching love with words of hate

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

      That actually made me laugh for some reason...is it bi-polar or schizophrenic to preach the concept of love by spewing hate?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  5. kent

    The End is Coming Soon.......................To Religion.

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

      *(screaming form the pews)* AMEN !!! .... AMEN !!! ....

      May 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  6. Jonny

    For America to be back on its feet, America must repent of its evil lust. Like all other nation in the Bible that fell. America was blessed because of the ancestors that were Christians, just study history.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • sam stone

      They were also slave owners. Should we go back to that? Let me know, because there is a sweet looking chocolate skinned 16 year old babe on my block that I would surely like to go all Tom Jefferson on. Should I bid low to her dad?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • iheartyou

      You mean the christians that slaughtered Indians, enslaved people, oppressed women, etc etc etc. ... those christians??
      Come on now, surely not even you can believe what you just said. Sounds like it is you that needs to "just study history".

      May 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  7. sam stone

    This pastor is a moron. As are those in the congregation shouting support

    May 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  8. Chrisitans love gay

    It proves that Christian is a Cult and Hate Group.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  9. Dave

    Nothing wrong with hating on Gays. It is completely justifiable. Glad to see it's gone viral

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

      Then I guess that makes you as big a moron as this so called pastor then doesn't it.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • iheartyou

      Nothing wrong with hating on Daves. It is completely justifiable. We should make sure that it goes viral. Down with Daves!!! They are responsible for the complete and total destruction of civilization as we know it!!! (*sigh* – goodness I hope you haven't reproduced)

      May 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  10. Mike

    Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden North Carolina promoted Genocide for Gay Americans and NO ONE in the audience stood up and disagreed. Matthew Shepard was found tied to a fence pole. Matthew had been beaten to death. A Sunday church service praising Genocide is a new low for Christianity in America. At least the Nazis told the Jews they were going to "Work Camps." Pastor Worley said "put them in pens so they will die off", even Hitler was less obvious about his intentions than this monster. I can see Pastor Guard Worley standing there now, by the gate to the fence with a cross around his neck, a bible in one hand, and a cattle prod in another as Jesus joins the line of Gays and Lesbians while they are forced into a pen in the name of Christianity.

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

      Some people go to church just so they can say that they go. If you asked most people in that church to recite a bible verse I guarantee they wouldn't be able to.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  11. Tim

    Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.... What alot of people fail to remember is that along with the jews, hitler put others in camps. Gays included. Its sad to think that this pastors views fall in line with a "Final Solution" to what he sees as the gay problem.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  12. carlyjanew6


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

    Obviously this preacher would like to take a page from Hitler's MEIN KAMPF! Unbelievable that he considers himself a follower of Christ.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  14. Runes77

    His solution has many logistical and ethical problems that plague it.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  15. pseudorambo


    oh god I love stupid religious bigots
    I really hope that pastor gets strung from a tree for a hate speech in church

    May 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  16. nick

    Can't wait for his gay s ex scandal to come out

    May 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  17. Andrew

    In order for this to insult me, I would first have to value Pastor Charles L. Worley's opinion. When this idiot dies, I'm going to bend over his tombstone and take it up the...

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


      May 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  18. Brenda Bolman

    I still find it absolutely unbelievable that someone can say the things this man said and call themselves a christian. I follow a spiritual path but I know what Jesus said about loving one another as he loved us. This man is not a christian. He uses his so called faith to gay bash. How sad!! I could go on and on but nothing I say will change his mind, and I do remember that "JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE A HOLE IN YOUR HEAD DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE AN OPEN MIND!!"

    May 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  19. TiredODaCrap

    Understandable outrage against a moron with a microphone. Just because you put "pastor" or "preacher" in front of your name, that doesn't mean you have a clue what God really wants for us....

    May 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  20. WOZ

    CNN is extremely biased.

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

      Why, because they accurately quoted this guy's words from a videotape that he had made?

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

      How can CNN be bias? They have it on tape what this idiot said. You know the old saying one picture is worth a thousand words. Will the video is worth a million.

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

      And now a reading from Liar Liar-

      "Your honor I object!"

      "On what grounds?"

      "Because it's devastating to my case"

      May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
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