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. LOL Religion

    You can be sure you've created god in your image when your imaginary friend hates the same people you do.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  2. NoWay

    The janitor missed some trash while cleaning the church.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  3. bear0402

    More people have been killed in the name of god than any other reason. And the church is suppose to set the example. Not be the example.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  4. IronDitka

    Sure. Anything you say you Nazi bastrd. It seems like Hitler has been reincarnated in North Carolina.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  5. LeeCMH

    Jerry Falwell said that because AIDS is God's punishment, people with AIDS should shot and buried like cattle with anthrax.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  6. Curt

    Is that not exactly the way Hitler felt? Maybe all the nutbar bigot Christians should be locked up in a compound.

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

      working on my Chain-link fence now

      May 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  7. Locksmith

    Brenda Bolman,

    I still find it hard to believe that people call themselfs christian, and hold onto religion as if it is some sort of moral standard where people like this angry little man, are perfectly correct in stating their views such as this.

    You and him are all of the same lot, religious and delusional. Grow up and let go of your imaginary friend.

    P.S. You do realize that the bible does say sodomy is a sin right???
    Yet you still call yourself christian, and think that this man is wrong for spewing his religious hate.

    Irony at it's best.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  8. M.E.

    I'm fairly sure that for every one of those nutters there's at least one person like me who simply couldn't live without the awesomeness that is the GLBT community.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  9. No Doubt

    Puts this congregation in the same league as the National Socialist Party in Germany in the 30's. Turn this guy loose and we can start a second Holocaust.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  10. Lisa60510

    What's a "ginnit". Why do people listen to a pastor that can't even speak English properly. He just sounds ignorant!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  11. Ann

    Seems like people like this find the hate in themselves first, then go to the bible to find justification for it.

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

    What he is suggesting was tried not so long ago in Germany with another group of people. That also was fueled by hate and bigotry. Didn't work out all that well for Germany.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Lisa60510

      Amen to that!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  13. crymore

    Where's his jack boots and mustache?

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

    I want to ask for forgiveness for the words I wrote earlier about this minister. I am a Christian and have been taught to not hate others.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  15. vic

    He sounds like a Tea Bagger for sure.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • ME II

      You sound like your jealous of people who "tea bag" or is it that you want to *be* tea bagged?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  16. Phil

    He should be put behind an electric fence just big enough to force him to stand the entire time, naked, while everyone offended by this idiot throws stones at him.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  17. LeeCMH

    I hate Christians back as much as they hate me.

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

      That's useful.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  18. Strange1-2

    I would be less concerned about the idiot preacher and more concerned about the congregation. Do they support him? Do they share the same views? What positions do they hold in that town? Bankers? Teachers? Law Enforcement? Any idiot has a right to spout idiotic ideas. But those members of his congregation also have the right to censure their preacher and prove they don't subscribe to his hateful ideas shrouded in religious "love." But those same members of the congregation might just be "pillars" of their community. They need to be exposed too especially if they hold office or positions funded by the taxpayer's dollars.

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

      Hot topic in North Carolina, a lot of people got up and left, others stayed to tape it so they could post it on-line.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  19. Syd

    YEAH! And why spend tax payer dollars on luxury transportation for these heathens, ship 'em there in cattle cars! And we can make them do work, fixing machine parts and digging ditches! To inspire them we'll post signs that say things like "work sets you free". After they've had a chance to shower of course. And then we'll go after the gay Canadians ... Holy cow, what a vile horrible sorry excuse for a human being this is. Anyone who didn't stand and walk out should be ashamed.

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

      and when they die form all the good work they do, we can use them to make "lamp-shades"....wow...such a wonderful idea you have

      May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • bear0402

      Adolph Hitler had said similar things about the Jews and his "Final Solution." Almost seems like he's been reincarnated in this priest.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  20. Gail

    That pastor really knows how to get attention and press people's buttons. All the outrage will probably help reruit him some new members for his church. It's just amazing how a little free speech presses people's buttons. I'm outta here, people really need to lighten up. I think the hatred directed toward this misguided man is no different than his hatred towards gays. it's all the same. Most of us hate something or someone don't we? Obviously we do. It's evidenced here. Bye for now

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

      i don't know how you can equate the two.

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

      I don't hate the preacher. But I hate his hate and intolerance. Heck, I won't even go as far to say Baptist preachers should be herded up and put inside an electric fence.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
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