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. Roland

    Can someone please explain to me why this type of radical religious fundamentalism is any different than Muslim radical fundamentalism? Advocating exterminating people, whether with bombs or airplanes or "just letting them die off" is no different. Nice concentration camp he has envisioned. Have we learned nothing? Nice big tent you have there GOP. Unless you are gay, or black, or agnostic, or athiest, or poor, or anything but white "Christian." Let God judge them. If there is a heaven there is no place for this bigot.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Not All Docs Play Golf

      Roland...it's different because this church enjoys tax exempt statuis, and that status is dependent on not endorsing or campaigning against any candidate for public office from the pulpit. He crossed that line and should lose his tax exmpt status.

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

      It can't be explained, Roland. There is no difference.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  2. The King

    This sentiment is shared by most right wing, evangelicals. These "Christians" know nothing of Jesus Christ. They look much more like an angry cult that worships avarice.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm |

    I'm a Baptist Christian, and even I went "WHOA WHOA WHOA DUDE! DAMN! WHAT THE HECK!!!! HOLY SWEET JESUS!!! COME ON MAN!! You missed it, you missed the real message. Come back to the fold brother! You got it so wrong."

    May 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  4. Unknown

    He is no different from Osama bin Laden, calling for the death of people he disagrees with.

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

    Free speech as your choice to be what you want to be.Any sightings of baby killer Casey Anthony?People don't forget this monster.

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

    This dude probably sits on his computer jerkin off watching lesbians

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


      May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  7. Zach

    Looks as though he's found a "Final Solution" to the "gay problem." Sieg-Heil! Sieg-Heil! Sieg-Heil!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  8. Not All Docs Play Golf

    We need to take away the tax-exempt status when these churches violate the terms of that exemption by either overtly endorsing or recommending against a candidate for public office. They are free to say what they want, but the can't do that and still enjoy tax-exempt status. This man should have to earn his living like the rest of us.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  9. Mateo

    This guy is really sick. This guy is just the same as religious wackos in the Middle East with a different "religion". I hope these type of comments will bring out all the decent Americans to vote away this type of bigotry and hate.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  10. Stephan

    The hottest club in Manhattan right now is Electric Fence its got...

    May 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • Not All Docs Play Golf

      ......it's got closet gay preachers railing against themselves. Review courtesy of Stephan.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Wrath of Zeus

      Ha! Well played sir.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Bear Taco

      IIt's got G-urkles. That's gay Steve Urkles.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  11. JS

    And the sheeple lap it up like mothers milk.Nothing like teaching hatred in the name of god.

    Try thinking for yourselves. And the draw to religion is what, a magical existence after you die with all of the people you know and love, yup sure, sounds too good to be true – exactly how it is now but forever and always good, wow, I'd pay for that!!! And here we are.

    People are so afraid to die, how afraid were you to be born??

    I'm 100% positive death will be exactly like that.

    And if I wasn't 100%, my move would not be to profit from it and instill hatred towards others because of insecurities, which is exactly what religion does.

    The next ice age cannot come fast enough, my hope is bacteria doesn't even survive the next one as we are a disgrace as a species in every way.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  12. Alex

    It would be nice if somebody ended this man's life.

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

      It would be much more preferable to end yours, for everyone involved

      May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  13. StatingtheObvious

    Ignoring the fact that internment camps are shameful, perhaps the pastor isn't aware that the large majority of gays and lesbians are born to straight parents.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  14. Chrisitans love gay

    I bet he loves cherry boys.

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

    This guy and others like him would have been right at home in the 19th century, quoting scripture so that they could condone ownership of slaves, now they use the book to condone hatred of another group, Gays. I really wish people would give the Bible a break and think for themselves...afterall a Living God isn't relegated to the pages of a book.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  16. Eric

    I'm "again" it too. LMFAO

    May 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  17. Pete

    Screw all you gay Libs.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • sam stone

      petey: awwww.....little fella......feeling a bit put upon?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • Stimpy

      I bet you'd like that Petey....you showed your hand brah.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  18. happyfrenchman

    Who should say they are surprised by this... only idiots with their heads in the sand. This coming election is between organized religion and the wealthy classes, vs the people... And organized religion and the wealthy classes have plenty of sway with people who should be offended by this nonsense. It has been that way since the two got together thousands of years ago.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  19. Lee

    What an ignoramus....in so many ways. Truth is, most "breeders" have similar thoughts about us. I've heard rubbish like that spewed at me my entire life.....and I've survived....gay and proud. Thank you, God.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • M.E.

      I don't think "most" straights think like that. I think it's more accurate to say that most people don't really care about your preferences as it's none of anybody's business. Tell ya this much though, if it makes any difference, I think you're just fine the way you are.

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

    Isn't it nice how the liberal/progressive defenders of gay people, call those who disagree with the lifestyle "gay" as an insult?

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

      An insult?! You call what he's saying simply an insult?! You're as ignorant as he is.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • JS

      People are free to disagree, but this guy sounds like he's advocating something that sounds eerily familiar to the German concentration camps...if you're looking for advocates for your ideas Slack, I wouldn't be out defending this nutter...

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

      READ. Some of the posters are calling the moron PREACHER "gay" as an INSULT.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • M.E.

      Uh, no. I don't call people gay as an insult because being gay is not something bad and therefore makes bad fodder for an insult.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
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