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. saywho

    Looks like his 'congregation' is no better – just taking it all in. Where's the riot??

    May 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  2. Joe

    silence in the face of such ignorant behavior only allows the ignorance to grow. The 1930's saw the Facist rise to power in Germany and that ended up with 6 million Jews murdered. The Facist are growing in the US, under the mantle of "Christian Conservative." If we don't stand up to them now, it will only be a matter of time before the camps are built and the ovens are started.

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

      "the facist are growing in the US, under the mantle of christian conservatives" – Bonehead statement 🙂

      May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Pennsylvania enigma

      There will more likely be another civil war...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  3. kj

    "going viral" or "being made viral". An extreme position of any debate is called sensationalism not news...

    You have chosen......poorly.

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

      Looks like someone needs to work on her grammar skills Ms Papp.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  4. clarke

    So Hilter has been born again. This pastor is a disgusting disgrace .

    May 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  5. Name*Dave

    Another fringe issue to keep us divided while the economy goes down the tubes.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  6. wut has this world come to

    Question for everybody: Who would want their children to be gay or lesbian?
    Answer: Nobody! Keep it real people, keeeep it rrreal!
    and it's not about loving them regardless because thats automatic!

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

      @to what: if they are so what, they are still your offspring. you can't take them back and exchange them, in the words of lady gaga " baby you were born this way"

      May 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • sam stone

      the marriage thing is about equal rights. if that is realize, i really do not care what some inbred bible defocating nut says

      May 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  7. Pennsylvania enigma

    He's not a pastor. He's just an ignorant idiot posing as one. Trouble is there are plenty of idiots like him who believe in his disgusting rhetoric. What a country.

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

      I believe its the devil preaching. God did not create human beings like this man, the devil did.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  8. ivanatmms

    Christians preach love but behind closed doors they hate. So much for his God.

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

      it's not much different that what is said by the left about christanity and conservatives.

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

      Agreed. Then there's that "Love the sinner, hate the sin" thing. It is just too easy for some to bypass that first part.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  9. Mateo

    Cancel the Winston-Salem trip. Check. Although I know for a fact there are decent, educated North Carolinians. They were just out numbered in the rural ares this last election.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  10. Fred212

    This pastor as a good point. If we round them all up and keep them fenced in they will not be able to corrupt the minds of our children and turn them into gays. Of course there are multiple other benefits such as they will be able to reproduce and cause trouble. Overwhelming number of pedophiles are gay,

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

      You must be the son of this close minded evil pastor.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • jb1963

      So you think someone becomes gay? If so you are not that intelligent. Do you even know anyone that is gay?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  11. Jason

    Please, people of North Carolina, do something with this pastor and congregation from the Providence Road Baptist Church before they spread anymore hatred. If you don't, there will be a witch hunt for them soon.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  12. Mimi

    What a bigoted idiot! He's an embarrassment to the state of NC. (along with John Edwards)

    May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  13. jenjen

    Great, another crazy, evil cult making the christian faith look bad....As a proud, chrisitian mom of a beautiful gay son I shudder when I see stories like these....This is sooooo against everything Jesus taught! God made gay people that way for a reason, to teach tolerance and unconditional love...

    May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  14. marabou22

    What frightens me the most here is that people listen to this guy and they have children. They're teaching their children this vile message. And what if they have a gay kid? that kid could end up being kicked out into the unsafe streets, denied education, beaten or driven to suicide! I believe in free speech and freedom of religion but this is terrifying. I hope he educates himself and reforms from his hateful violence inciting speeches.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  15. Eddie

    He's no better than a Nazi.

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

    Usually the ones who are the most against gays are the ones with the biggest skeletons in the closet...

    May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Ronda in Houston, TX


      May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  17. Southern liberal white lefty and proud!

    You can tell by the way he talks that he is really uneducated.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  18. DocHollywood

    This isn't a Christian. Sounds more like a Nazi. And those in the audience saying "Amen" could also be giving him the "Heil Hitler" salute. Pretty pathetic, no wonder it's more important than ever to keep seperate religion and politics. This guy is no better than the terrorist that shouts "God is Great" right before he kills someone for his beliefs. Pot...meet kettle.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  19. Rideitout

    There's dumb and then there's really stupid..This pastor crosses both bridges seamlessly.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  20. Patti

    I think the pastor's parents must have been brother and sister.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
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