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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. freep211

    If it weren't so sickening, this video would be one of the great comedy routines for Saturday Night Live.
    If we need to fence off any group, these Talibaptists are the ones. I'm agin' 'em.
    What a sorry state of mind the boobs in so many of the Southern states are in. And, I live in the South.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

      I also live in the south and agree with your statement. However I cannot abide you insulting boobs.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • alleygator

      Hah! . . . Talibaptists . . . Good one!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  2. alleygator

    This preacher illustrates perfectly why I will never vote for a Republican.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  3. Rideitout

    His abuse of the English language should net him a 10 year prison sentence for ignorance.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  4. Tonylkh

    These vile evil Religious zealots should be the ones that vanquished from this Earth.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  5. gb0423

    people like this idiot cannot die off fast enough

    May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  6. Afghan Vet

    Sharia Law anyone ?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  7. Cathy

    Jesus, please, protect us from your followers!!!

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

      LMAO!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  8. Canopy

    Just wondering...." what is again it"

    As used in a sentence..."The bible's again it....God's again it....I'm again it".

    May 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • freep211

      Canopy,
      He is saying 'agin it. It is a Southernese contraction for "against". This kind of Southern dialect is idiomatic speech from the mountain areas of NC, Kentucky and West Virginia.
      As you no doubt observed from the video, there is a lot of rocket scientists coming out of those areas, but they take a lot of pride in their ignorance and bigotry. It's kind of like a badge of honor.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • freep211

      Typo alert: I meant "not a lot of rocket science"

      May 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  9. Stephen L Baker

    Auschwitz-Birkenau, Chełmno, Belzec, Majdanek, Sobibor, and Treblinka, but with food?

    Does somebody want to explain the difference to me?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  10. FF324

    I like your Christ
    I do not like your Christians
    They are so unlike your Christ
    –Ghandi

    May 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Zeke2112

      Not Gandhi. Go look again.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • freep211

      It is a loose paraphrase of Gandhi, but I still like it.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  11. SlackMeyer

    Lord, what a dense crowd. THE POINT IS that if you're going to comment about this idiot calling for putting gay people in electrified stockades BECAUSE you SUPPORT gay people and their rights, you DON'T use the term "GAY" as an INSULT.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

      It may be an insult to YOU.. however it is not an insult to my GAY friend who refers to himself as GAY.

      /kicks your soap box

      May 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  12. Ken845

    Here come the crazies. Must be an election year.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  13. Jstic

    How about we round up all the redneck, gun toting, racist, hate spewing population of North Carolina and just shoot them, no electric fence needed.

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

      Now that sounds like a GREAT idea....

      May 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

      What does gun toting have to do with this? I’m left leaning independent and have a CCW permit. Do I go in your fence also? You are no better than this pastor.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  14. RJ127

    The simple truth is that God loves everyone!! – Christians are to love one another & not judge anyone – God is the only one to do that – We are all sinners

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

      This is the message I received after listening to so many sermons and Sunday School lessons growing up. I think some people have forgotten we all sin. No one sin is greater than the next. If you kill someone or cheat someone, they are both the same- a sin. Only with man does one outweigh the other.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  15. ivanatmms

    Christian preaches about love and behind closed doors hates. So much for his loving God.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  16. The Jackdaw

    Jesus and Hate. Together again.

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

      This misguided preacher doesn't speak for Jesus. Please don't use them in the same breath...thank you...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Zeke2112

      No true Scotsman, eh John? Tell me, who DOES speak for Jesus? The preachers with whom you agree?

      This fine piece of human garbage is jsut as convinced as the next charlatan that he speaks for Jesus. What makes you sure he doesn't?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      That is true. The true message should be one of piece and love. But too often it is used to endorce shotgun blasts of hate.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  17. Phil

    I'd rather my son or daughter be gay, than be heard publicly saying "GODS AGGINIT, I'M AGGINIT, YOWRE AGGINNIT. Listen to me people of earth. We must evolve. And quickly.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  18. Debbie

    What a loser this guy is....Thankfully most people have more sense then this idiot. Live and let live!

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

    Sadly, people like him can reproduce, which means ignorance will continue to spread.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  20. DPCFOH

    And to think, he has many, many followers who will listen to everything he says and believe it as gospel.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
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