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. Kyle

    This is totally unexceptable and uncalled for and is a embarrassment to the state of North Carolina

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

      ....and that's a hard state to embarrass!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Stumped

      This is an example of why there is a separation of church and state. You can’t trust 2000 year old blind faith govern morally.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  2. Jas

    He's agin it, can he spell that please what a total Moron . Did you hear that God why do you let this happen?

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

      Maybe he is upset because the alter boy turned him down

      May 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  3. Jeff

    The Pastor is correct so get over it!!!!!! Pray for those whom hes talked about.

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

      you get over it! We're here and we're not leaving. Ass____

      May 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • sam stone

      Jeff: Still on your knees, eh?

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

      Sorry Sam you may need to talk with Steve. Im Normal.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  4. Unknown

    I hope his church realizes he is a false prophet and a wolf and sheep's clothing.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  5. Republican

    I bet he is a tea party and Mitt supporter. They must all be nuts like this and I'm Republican.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  6. Rideitout

    That's a North Carolina education? No wonder the South lost the War.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  7. SaltyPoliticalMusings

    Reblogged this on SaltyPoliticalMusings and commented:
    Hits Keep on Coming with another Anti-Gay Sermon out of North Carolina

    May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  8. Loki

    I agree.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  9. Gail

    ANCIENT CURSE, you do have to tolerate the intolerant. You have no choice in this country thank God. Unless you do something evil or illegal you have no choice. There is always a good moral excuse for you such as this pastor only speaking only speaking for another evil person to feel justified in his evil. Your ideas aren't new and have always lead to a mountain of skulls. and gold teeth and lampshades made out of human skin.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  10. MDMinton

    "Bring 'em Young, Bring 'em Stupid"

    May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  11. Ewing

    This political propaganda is typical of what goes on in churches today. Anti-everything preached to the gullible masses and they should not be tax-exempt! Tax the churches.........

    May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Heinz Doofenshmirtz

      Absolutely pay taxes.

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

      stereotype much?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  12. CCF

    Finally, finally, finally, finally...an American that seems sane, Rev Welton Gaddy. His comments in Anderson's video clip is the sanest thing I have ever heard come out of a religious mans mouth. If we all abide by his mantra this world would be a better place to live. Charles L. Worley ( I can't even use the word Pastor in front of his name) is what is wrong with America today, he should be arrested for hate crimes if one person is hurt because of his rhetoric.
    Love and peace from Canada

    May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  13. Mateo

    This guy probably hates gays because he we rejected by the other "pastor" who wants to punch kids.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Heinz Doofenshmirtz

      He is probably fighting his own gay demons by hating gays.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  14. LT

    TO ALL...Christ is not commanding ANYONE to teach or preach this kind of message. This gentleman is doing the same thing as the other radical group that goes and pickets funerals. Jesus is not in this or that other group as well.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  15. MDMinton

    "Brin 'em Yound, Bring 'em Stupid"

    May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  16. quellic

    Nothing quite says "I love you" like subjugation and imprisonment.

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

    Yup – Christians are all about the love.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  18. reggie222

    I think it's time the church started doing a little bit of policing their own. This guy sounds more like a little man with a little mustache than someone who is supposed to be leading people towards salvation. Imagine some of the goodies he has been saying on other days... to uneducated people who become his VICTIMS because they trust him to tell them the right thing. Very sad NC, those of you that don't support this nonsense, need to get on the phone and start complaining to the governing body of his church.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  19. NENative

    IDIOT! Where does he think these people came from in the first place? As he said, they can't reproduce. Does he think aliens dropped them off here? Did they spring out of the ground? Of course not. They were born to "normal" parents! No one who displays such obvious ignorance should even be listened to.

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

      From the "amens" and "praise the Lord"s heard in the background, it is clear that his congregation agreed with what he was saying. And that is the truly sad part of all of this.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  20. Byrd

    That church's tax exempt status should be revoke immediately. That's not a church, but a political organization saying nothing that could be construed as following any religious creed found anywhere on this planet and certainly not in the book he's falsely interpreted and twisted beyond recognition. The KKK isn't tax exempt and shouldn't be either.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • reggie222

      agreed – this seems to be encouraging people to commit hate crimes – but here's the hitch. The same people who defend Limbo will rise and claim that the government is trying to shut down churches and stop religion in the US – when did the US go so crazy?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
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