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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. Frank

    So this is exactly why Republican politicians want to keep cutting educational funding. Keep the people ignorant and it is very easy to maintain control of their lives.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  2. Al

    I get it – just because you don't agree with someone or like their beliefs, put them in a camp. I seem to recall Nazis had the same idea.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  3. Bill

    And yet another example of the hate filled conservative GOP family values in action. Christianity has nothing to do with the GOP, do not get these two mixed up because they are as mutually exclusive as night and day.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  4. lumpke

    Ah, religion. What wonderful things it brings us – suicide bombers, murderous hijackers, and this guy. No wonder I'm "agin" it.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  5. jimbob

    False preachers always harp on 1 or 2 sins. All sins are equal to a holy God.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  6. Jaime (Cheeks' Mommy)

    Interesting. I am a lesbian. And I reproduced. I'm quite capable of doing so, thanks!

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

      Not without a man so STFU! You are dumb.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • max333444555

      she doesnt need a man, just sperm.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • e

      STERN, do you live under a rock?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  7. geenabeana

    This is ridiculously sad and scary. The people in this congregation probably look up to this man and for him to spread such a hateful message is just crazy. Ignorance spreads ignorance. This is a fine example of why bullying will never go away, everything we try to teach our children about acceptance can be undone in an instant at church of all places! One more reason I am glad I never jumped on the religion bandwagon. I think I will take my own path 🙂

    May 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  8. Stop

    congrats on giving this clown the attention he was seeking.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  9. Bob

    And we're supposed to believe these people are Christians?

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

      No, we're to believe this fool is part of the GOP. Christianity and the GOP are not related.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • QS

      They are....and if you are Christian as well you need to realize that this guy represents your religion.

      Christians are doing their best to disavow this guy as "not one of them", but Christianity in general teaches that being gay is a "sin" so really any Christian harbors the same feelings as this guy does....you all think gay people need to be "saved" from ourselves, right?

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

      I agree Bob; hopefully, he and his flock of hate-mongers will come face-to-face with karma in the not too distant future.

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

      Bill, you are correct. The far right has latched on to the conservative party because of the abortion issue. Since then it has been down hill from there. My aunt is one of these far right christian freaks who thinks the world will end because everyone will turn gay and people of the world will stop producing. This is the Christian mentality of some of these people.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  10. shaydawkins

    "Anti-Gay Christianity Isn't My Christianity" (http://themoderatevoice.com/132894/gov-perrys-anti-gay-christianity-is-not-my-christianity-guest-voice/) (www.dawkinstruth.com)

    May 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  11. QS

    Religion is a crutch, and if you feel you need it to help you limp through life that's your choice....but I believe you can ALL walk on your own and that nobody should ever feel that they need to treat others badly in order to feel like they are a good person.

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

      Sorry for your pain of whatever church, religion, faith you were hurt by.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • max333444555

      why do you need to be hurt by religion to think its a crutch? in my experience, everyone has some kind of crutch, some less healthy than others. too much of anything, including religion, is bad for you.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • e

      Most people who become religious has done something wrong in the past. It is a way to pacify their self consciousness eating away at them. Other people are unfortunately brainwashed from birth.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  12. gIve me a break

    I don't get how we must be tolerant of gay & lesbians but gays & lesbians are intolerant of religion.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Steve O

      You've got to be kidding me.

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

      Even after hearing this guy speak, you still don't get it? Guess you can't teach common sense!

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

      Anyone with an ounce of intelligence is intolerant of religion.

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

      Not sure if trolling or unbearably stupid...

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

      Possibly because religion is single handedly the most divisive tool in the world. More people have died on this earth in the name of a "god" than any for other reason. While all religions state that they are peaceful and loving, they do a wonderful job of breeding hate and intolerance for anyone who is not like you or believes like you do. So "why do you have to tolerate gays and lesbians" well for the same reasons that they have to tolerate simple minded people who believe in glorious fairy tales.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • GetACrew

      You are mental. They aren't intolerant of religion, they are intolerant of people who say things like they should be put inside a prison camp until they die.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Miranda

      Haters come in all shapes and sizes always have been always will be. World will not get any better with folks like this...we just need to learn to ignore them and stand above their ignorance!!!!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  13. R

    I am tired of all of CNN's gay garbage. I am making MSN and AOL our homepage for all our computers

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

      Thanks for the announcement. We'll all dearly miss your witty quips. Wait...who the hell are you again?

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

      Good for you, R. Now you and Bubba can take sis out back and have a little family worship

      May 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  14. Rebbeca

    Why even give this idiot any media?

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

      I agree!!! So why the hell are we on this post again???

      May 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  15. AndriconBoy

    Paraphrasing Pastor Charles –
    "I hate them, I want them gone, I want the dead, I think all X-tians should try to make this a reality.
    .
    .
    .
    Oh, but now that what I have been saying has come to the public eye, I was only joking. Yeah, that's it. A joke. I wasn't serious. It's not obvious at all that I'm back pedaling to cover my butt."

    May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  16. Adriana Birmingham, Al

    What an a$$h0le. I be willing to bet a years salary he is gay.

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

      I was thinking along the same lines... he has probably at least had thoughts about it.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  17. Not2Blue

    There will be a MARCH on this church on Sunday May 27th from 10am until 1pm that is being organized by Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate. There has been a permit secured by this group from the Catawba County Sherrif. This is a peaceful protest. PLEASE come. From all across the NATION...please come. North Carolinians need your help to fend off these hate mongers who feel embolden by the passage of Amendment One in NC two weeks ago. Prior assembly will take place the morning of the 27th at the Maiden Elementary School. BE THERE!!!

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

      Ha! That's pretty funny! I feel quite sure that your "citizens against hate" will be spewing your own brand of hate agains the haters! "We HATE all you haters!" hahahah

      May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • max333444555

      why waste the energy? you cant protest the hatred out of someone.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  18. Midwesterner from Iowa

    someone needs to put this lunatic behind an electric fence!!!
    Who cares what this raving lunatic says anyway?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  19. Believer

    I understand the outrage of this "pastor's" comments (and I use the term "pastor" with great reserve). His type give all Christians a bad name. However, I am seeing quite a bit of intolerance toward Christians and religion in these comments. Are you not doing the same thing he is doing? It is my choice to believe in God and all of the "fairy tales and magic" as many of you have stated. It's not your place to determine if I am loony for doing so. By doing so, you are no better than the "pastor" in this video. It's called freedom of religion. Unfortunately, people like this "pastor" are free to make these comments, however unsavory and hateful they are. The more attention we give him and others like him, the more power they will have.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Steve O

      Firstly, you can choose your religion, it is not mandated. If you choose a religion that believes in punishing your fellow man for things that are none of your business, that reflects on you.
      And telling someone you think they are wrong is not intolerant. It's freedom of speech. Telling them you want to imprison and kill them for who they are – that's intolerance.
      So please, please stop this false equivalency argument, as all it does is fan the flames and offers justification for the indefensible comments of that man.

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

      I have not read all the 100's of posts on here, but I see no one advocating making religion illeagle or advocating laws to ban religion. You are wrong sir. Most critical comments are directed at banning hate speech. The same speech that this pastor spewed upon his congregation from the pulpit. You are free, sir, to criticize the gay community for their excesses just as I may be critical of certain persons who say they are Christian but act opposite to the teachings of Christ.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • max333444555

      I didnt hear anyone talking about putting christians inside an electric fence and air-droppng them food. i must have missed that part.

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

      I don't actually believe hate speech is protected...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • e

      Stop ramming your religion down everyone's throat. Stop using the government to force your views (especially hate) down everyone's throat. This country is a democracy and not a theocracy. Everyone has a right to live in peace, Gays and Christians.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • AndriconBoy

      @ Russ

      Sure it is. Ask the Phelps family.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  20. RogueDiplomat

    Would this putative "Christian" put Liberace, Paul Lynde (to block), Rock Hudson, Montgomery Cliff, Elton John, k.d. lang, Raymond Burr (Perry Mason!), et. al., in concentration camps? A moron living in the Stone Age to get his 15 minutes and fill the collection plate.. Little wonder that so many are fleeing organized religion in droves.... Shame

    May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
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