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. WASP

    did this guy learn nothing from the last preacher that shouted hate for gays a lesbians? that guy had to turn off his church phone, house phone, cell phone, and recieved daily death threats. i think he has a death wish.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  2. Sumguy

    So there are stupid people our there, and some are pastors....this is news?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  3. TonyInNYC

    He stole this idea from the Nazis. Thou shalt not steal, Pastor Worley. I am disappointed bad.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  4. Portland tony

    As long as divisive issues like gays and marriage are kept on the front burner, folks tend to forget what's really wrong with this nation. We're talking about maybe 3% of the population that are gay. Compare that to maybe 20% who are under or unemployed and another 60% who have lost or lowered their
    expectations for their kids future and so on. The gay issue gives folks and politicians something to talk about while the nation falls apart around them.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • No Agenda Here

      Best comment I have seen in weeks! Right on!

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

      I've read that it's closer to 10-12% of people. However, you're right. Let's think about the economy.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  5. kay williams

    This really ought to be in the entertainment section. And my next thought is: wonder what THIS guy does in private?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  6. penguin

    He's not a Christian, he's a "Bibleist". He worships some parts of the Bible and ignores all that deals with love and tolerance

    May 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  7. vic

    Very bad reflection on our state of North Carolina. People may start thinking we are like Mississippi , South Carolina, Alabama or Arizone.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • marabou22

      the ban on gay marriage didn't help much. too bad. I was in charlotte recently and thought it was a lovely town.

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

      Sorry, but after NC passed Ammendment 1, a lot of people already do. The state kind of earned it.

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

      🙁 Too late. Many of us in the NW think the southern states are back as.s.wards. North Carolina included now.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Double R

      @ Vic

      I think people are less concerned on how this makes North Carolina look, and more concerned on how this presents Christianity to a non-believing public. This horrible representation of Christianity is exactly how satan wants it to be represented. He's using this Pastor's words to turn people away from Christ, preaching a message of hate. This man will face God's judgment. I think North Carolina is safe, not to mention a great southern state. Go Tarheels!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  8. No Agenda Here

    And this makes headline news why? They should change it from CNN to GNN, the Gan News Network...

    May 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • No Agenda Here


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

      I read this on 5 different news sites. It's news.

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

      Pure HATE. Nothing less... It is a sad day in America.

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

      GAN?? Anyway, it is news when hate of this ilk becomes so prevalent. Such a bad impression on the great state of North Carolina.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  9. Nathan

    So sad that this is being said by "Christians" Anyone who takes the time to read the Bible would see that is NOT how Jesus responded to sinners. This man is teaching false religion and shame's Christ name by doing it.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  10. richunix

    CNN stop blocking POST...your worst that the christian whack-jobs

    May 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • CNN Moderator

      Poorly spelled/worded posts are blocked. We also have a 'redneck' sensor in place, and you failed it.

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

      LOL at the CNN Moderator! Win!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  11. longtooth

    Lincoln should have let them secede after ordering them to release the slaves. The Bible justifies slavery too.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  12. rob

    How many little boys has this closet case had

    May 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  13. Unknown

    His tax exempt status should be taken away for making political statements at the pulpit.

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

      This should apply to ALL religions who invoke themselves into the political process.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • J.W

      Im not sure that he said anything about politics

      May 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  14. Lori Baynham

    This pastor has undoubtedly turned more people away from Christ than to Him. His comments are judgmental and hateful, exactly the opposite of the example Jesus set for us. It saddens me tremendously to view this video. I pray that God will soften this man's heart so he will quit corrupting the world with his bitter views.

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

      Soften it now, or BBQ it later; pastor's choice.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  15. BobZemko

    What is the good pastor's answer to why gay children are born to good Christians?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • admin123

      Good Christians don't have gay children, silly. Well, they sometimes do, but they belittle them to kill themselves before reaching adulthood.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  16. MaryM

    First, yank this churches tax exempt status, immediately . Preaching politics from the pulpit.
    Second, We have all heard this hate speach before from a 'Little" man in Germany.
    Devil Pastor, your name is Hitler

    May 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  17. Bob

    What do these people think love is? This is not it.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  18. richunix

    test post

    May 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  19. Dragon68

    The best way to deal with closed minded bigots like this is to show them what true Christian Values are about, by refraining from judging, and treating everyone with compassion and respect. Over time, these values will die out for the most part. It will take a while, but only time and patience can eradicate hate and ignorance.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • Double R

      The one thing we can be certain of is if this preacher does not repent, he will face God's judgment, and I don't think that will turn out too well for him.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  20. kate

    What an idiot. Seriously, I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that this man actually exists. And what flawed logic! Saying they'll die out because they can't reproduce ignores the obvious question...how did they get here in the first place, moron?! I think this guy is the one who needs to be segregated from the rest of the population.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
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