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.”
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And when Gay people in North Carolina start getting attacked and murdered, I hope the Federal Prosecutors go after this hate monger for inciting violence.
So according to your thinking Obama should be charged for rousing up racism against Zimmerman too.
No see, Zimmermin killed an unarmed man. Gay people just love people of the same gender. Those aren't equatable.
Cage this man put him in a dog pen with no food . Never mind he has already made his own cage ,religion.
THIS MAN TOOK 3 STEPS ON THAT STAGE ,AND IT REMINDED ME OF HITLER. DID YOU NOTICE ALL THE EMPTY SEATS IN HIS HOUSE OF GOD.
But it's ok for you to hate and stereo-type entire groups of people.
religion can be a cage in the same way that anything else can be a cage. exersize, eating , smoking, drug use, science....all of these things and more can consume your life and give you a narrow view of the world. They can make excuses to do evil using anything and whether you choose to believe it, the truth is more people died in the past century through wars and genocide based on scientific eugenics ( which though retarded is still practiced today) than were ever alive through the rest of human history.
CATHOLICS REMIND ME OF DRUNKS ! YOU KNOW THAT GUY THAT GETS DRUNK AND COMMITS A CRIME ,AND THEN COMES TO YOU THE NEXT DAY ASKING FOR YOUR FORGIVENESS ,AND THEN WILL DO THE SAME THING THE NEXT TIME HE/SHE IS DRUNK AGAIN.
WELL CATHOLICS DO THERE DIRTY DEED .THEN ASK GOD TO FORGIVE THEM ,AND EVERYTHING IS BACK TO THEM BEING A GOOD PERSON AND GREAT CHRISTIAN . UNTIL YOU HOLD 2 PEOPLE WHO LOVE EACH OTHER DOWN . CHRISTIAN SHOULD LOVE ALL PEOPLE NOT JUST THOSE THAT FOLLOW THERE RELIGION.
Love the sinner, reject the sin...God loves everyone (even gays), He created everyone, He loves everyone...no exceptions.
Keep your "christian" love; it makes me sick to see the hypocrisy and evil your religion has promulgated over millenia.
Why? The hate and destruction by "Atheist" nations is just as bad....
@Deanna, just don't lump ALL Christians together and I won't lump all Atheists together. If it's one thing I've learned in life is there are good and bad people of all Races, Religions, Genders etc. To characterize all of one group is doing yourself a disservice.
Amen, brother. It always astounds me how judgemental some Christians are. Last I checked, that's not what Jesus did, and not what He would do if he were here today.
john: yes, there are good and bad in every group, but why is it that when someone as stupid as this man says something so idiotic, that christians just seem to go along with it and put up with it...never wanting to stand up for what is right.?
I agree John. Many people are over disorientated in their thoughts and yes feelings. Life itself does not allow for favoritism. We are all a little crazy!
John, What if God is gay? You might find out when you entered His Kingdom....if He doesn't send you elsewhere. Amen.
So others like this pastor cannot have an opinion. The video is only viral because cnn keeps posting it and is for gay marriage day after day and will continue until the viewers relent to their ideology. Give it a rest already. They should be reporting why recently state after state has oppsed gay marriage.
Just like the news reported how state after state opposed integration I suppose.
He can have his opinion, but he doesn't get a pass on being criticized for proposing concentration camps (worse, it seems) for gays, or for the idiot-thinking that rounding up all the gay folks now will make them disappear in the future (if they don't reproduce, how come every generation there are more?). Live by the words, die by them, he siad 'em, he has to back the flak for 'em.
He can certainly have an opinion...albeit a hypocritical one. He preaches love and acceptance, rising up against adversity and the love of Christ. The love of Christ applies to us all. The point is, you can't "cherry-pick" the Bible...accept some tennents but reject others. If their staple is "what would Jesus do?"....this isn't it. Jesus befriended those others shunned. That's the point here. This is why so many stray away from organized religion...they speak from both sides of their mouths.
This guy is not only "nuts" but he is downright stupid. If things like what he proposes were allowed, what does he think would happen to him; I'm sure there are as many that don't agree with him and probably don't like him, at least as many as there are that support him, I'm sure he would quickly change his tune if it were just offered that all extremists should be rounded up and isolated from the rest of society – ... hmm, I wonder – ... no, forget it, that's not right and there would just be too many good and rational people included with him.
What a sick person! This is in NO way religon. I wonder how does he thinks gay are reproduced? There is no way you could ever round up all gays because they will continue to be reproduced by the hetero's. I often wonder if people like him are suffering from extreme self hate!
WWJD, isn't that what they say? Charles Worley, is that really what Jesus would do if he walked among us today? I won't give you the respect to address you as pastor because a real pastor would never promote torture of a fellow human.
Gayness may be a disorientation of one's thoughts but to treat them like cattle ain't quite right! Old kiddies need to be handled not bundled!
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would love to go to his church!
Followers or bigots, if this guy offers you a plane ticket to Jonestown, don't take it. Because I care about you regardless.
Why don't the real Christians stand up and expel this sort of hatred? Why would you allow such an awful, uneducated person to represent your faith?
because they are nothing more than mindless followers...
He doesn't represent our faith...this is some misguided evil man under the disguise of a preacher. He's no more a representative of Christ than Timothy McVeigh was a representative of an American...
What an incredibly ignorant statement. I'm not Baptist. Why should it be my responsibility to criticize a Baptist Pastor? Because I'm Catholic and we both believe in Jesus?
You sound like the racists back in the 1950s – "You blacks need to condemn all your people who commit crimes. Then, we'll accept you as equals."
Because that's what the christian religion is all about, hatred and bigotry. It always has been and always will be.
Incorrect. But go on spreading that bigotry and hate, if that's what you want.
That's right, keep it up pastors. You ignorant bigots! I hope this decimates your flock. I hope people see this and think to themselves "you know, the church is actually a HATE GROUP". Love thy neighbor.... Ha! Only if they are straight, right?
What I see is a bunch of old men bullying others, hating others and throwing stones while they are raping children (mainly boys). Now if that is not hypocritical, I do not know what is.
Religious people have severe SEVERE mental issues.
Yes we do, they are called Atheists...
No, religious people are just fine. People like this preacher have mental issues,
Now that you mention it, though, seeing things only in black and white and lumping millions of people together based on the actions of a few sounds like it may border on several mental illnesses.
like i said before....he's just another fat fu__ looking for attention.
I'm all for freedom of speech but these bigots should not hide behind the church as tax exempted organizations
True but in America hate speech against the LGBT community is not only tolerated by our government it is encouraged. We have a member of Congress encouraging people to kill gay people and theres hardly a ripple. Its all very sad.
He is wrong anyways. If it were a genetic thing, this might work. But it is hard when it isn't and it is a life style choice. Just because you put all the people who like the color blue on a deserted Island doesn't mean more people who choose to like blue won't pop up...
Please don't tell me you actually believe being gay is a choice.
Lol, why? Because it is....
You choose to be a bigoted hater, is that a reason to put you behind a fence with all the rest of your kind?
Try educating yourself on the issue of gays before spouting opinion. I remember years ago when my neighbors had twin boys. At age 3 they loved to dress like girls and pretending to be princesses and as they grew older, they were clearly different in their behavior from the other boys.. This was over 40 yrs. ago when being gay was barely mentioned. Years later, in high school, they came out. Now, are you going to tell me that being gay is a choice? Again, get educated; it may stop the intolerance.
He is dicusting.
"I want to read it out of the Bible, and then we'll go from there."
Yes lets, now show me where Jesus said Love thy neighbor, unless they are gay, then put them in a concentration camp surrounded by electrified fences and barbed wire. So convenient the bible is, apparently you can just pay attention to the parts you want and ignore the rest...Sweet!
You just know this guy has at least one gay kid.....
Or he's in the closet himself.
...or one gay lover.
Americans are getting everything so wrong. this is what bible says period nothing more nothing less
Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men,10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Cor 6:9-10
How about being an idiot on the internet? Pretty sure I can interpret that in there somewhere if I try hard enough.
I don't want to inherit the kingdom of God......I want to live freely in the United States.
So... nobody, then.
I prefer to go with what common sense says, nothing more, nothing less. Common sense tells me that putting people in a concentration camp and starving them to death is not the right thing to do.
Hmmm, reciting lines from fairy tales now Damian? Well all right for you. Can we get a line from Alice in Wonderland or Hansel and Gretel now?
Wow......if this is what religion teaches then I'm glad I don't go to church.
Wow Rod, have you even been to so many churches as to think that this one church is representative of all? That's like saying all Texans are ignorant, redneck hicks that wear big belt buckles, drive cadillacs with horns on them because you watch a couple of movies. You're statement is not creditable...