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. Kareen

    If anyone belongs behind an electric fence it's this preacher and folks like him.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  2. Sirned

    This is your new Republcan party folks.... Hey CNN you noted this video was seen 250 ,000 times. Income inequality video that's Lear more important for Americans economic future had 450,000 views but not one Cable news network has shown it or written about it...I'm now convinced the cable news is about promoting the agenda of the 1% while pretending to be neutral.

    Readers take 5 minutes view youtubes Nick Hanauer income inequality. Then do what I am doing and keep embarrassing them with posts or calls until they cover it on air....even MSNBC is silent on this video even though they are supposed to be for the little guy...

    May 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Canopy

      I'm starting to think you're right. Talk about the economy (or whats wrong with it) and your voice will be squelched.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  3. Deist

    If your belief system includes hate and violence toward other people, you do not have a "religion" you have an "illness."

    May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  4. Grampa

    Worley is an insult and an embarrassment to Christians everywhere. His hate-mongering makes a mockery of everything Christ stood for. Christians in this country and around the world who oppose this pulpit bilge should say so, loudly and publicly.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • texasMom

      He is definitely an embarrassment to the good Christian people. Can his Superior/Church Board Member" give him a "counseling statement"?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  5. CatholicElder

    I feel so sorry for this pastor, he's showing his ignorance to his congregation and preaching hatred to the viewers. I wonder where his thinking is?????????????????????? Either gay or lesbian, they're God's children and we are going to love them regardless of their beliefs. The pastor is really out of the line..

    May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  6. clarke

    I think this guy kicks his dog and beats his family at the end of each day. This man is evil and is not one of God's children.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • CatholicElder

      I'm with you.....there's something wrong with him.......

      May 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  7. Steve

    I wonder how many people in his congregation have been divorced and then remarried?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Charlie

      To them that doesn't matter, I wouldn't be surprised if this goofball of a pastor has been divorced. That's why it's call "Cafeteria Christianity" and the bible is the menu.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  8. hrusty

    We all be again it!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Canopy

      I had to re-read your post then I figured it out!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  9. Tom

    People like this pastor are handing the election to Obama. Moderates and independents, who will decide the election, are shocked by this hateful speech.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  10. veda

    This guy is an ass!! Closed minded fool!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  11. Canopy

    Someone needs to send a letter to this church which removes their tax exempt status.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Jerrold

      Good idea except the letter needs to come from the IRS removing their 501c(3) status.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Canopy

      I'm fur it!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  12. Renait

    "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."

    Anyone who can see what is wrong with that sentence will be automatically kicked out of his church.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  13. Marcus

    You know what is sad, sermons with strange ideas that are hateful make news but sermons without strange, hateful ideas do not make news. In my life I have attended a number of churches. Never in my life have I heard a sermon with strange, hateful ideas. The vast majority of sermons are faithful to God's Word and do not include ideas like these. I hope that people remember this.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • WASP

      @marcus: most i went to as a child were pretty close to this. crazy guy on a podium shouting women shouldn't wear mens clothing, gays are evil, etc etc etc.............no wonder i ended up atheist. lmfao

      May 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Billy Davis

      Marcus, It's like the 5% black guys that are thugs makes the news and the 95% great black guys never make the news. That's too boring and debunks the negative stereotypes. America, we like our negative bs.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Billy Davis

      Marcus, It's like the 5% bl ack guys that are thugs makes the news and the 95% great bl ack guys never make the news. That's too boring and debunks the negative stereotypes. America, we like our negative bs.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  14. abbydelabbey

    God save us from these so-called Christians.... I guess he would have supported Hitler and the rest of the Nazis when they rounded up the gays and put them in concentration camps....

    What part of this do these so-called Christians not understand:

    John 3:17 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

    notice there is nothing there about rounding up gays....

    May 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  15. sf

    Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  16. Jane

    Horrendous. He's the conservative Jeremiah Wright.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Linda Thomas

      Jane, your analogy is patently ridiculous – Jeremiah Wright never espoused anything like concentration camps for groups of people he doesn't like, which is exactly what this pastor is suggesting. This is Nazi talk! And your comparison of what he's saying to what Jeremiah Wright said is like comparing the KKK to the NAACP.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  17. jc

    i think we should drop him behind a fence and drop him some food. if there is anything that shouldn't be reproduced is his bigotry and hatred. it's revolting that people like this have a pulpit in a place of worship...welcome to the middle ages. people should boycott this type of ignorance and hatred. i'm glad there are people putting this type of video up so these types of hate speech and those who speak it are revealed for who they truly are. practice loving kindess. what a concept...isnt that what the gospel preaches or did i miss something along the way? fear = hatred.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  18. Bill

    It's fools like this that portray Christianity in the wrong way. They spew their own hate filled GOP/Tea Party message rather than the true message of love, grace and mercy from Christ. Do not be fooled by the false prophets and antichrists of the GOP/Tea Party.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Trevor

      Proclaiming to not be a "fool" yet you immediately tie this individual to MILLIONS of folks you've never even met? Fool? Look at in the mirror pal.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  19. Libs Are A Disease

    Now this is an idea I can get behind. Too bad the PC liberal culture won't let us put these criminals against God and nature away for good. Sadly liberals love perversion and hate righteousness.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Too Much

      Nope, you're wrong. Most conservatives would actually disagree with you. You're ignorant and hateful.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Toto

      I'm not gay, but I am a sinner too...and dare I say it...so are you. I may not agree with the gay lifestyle but they deserved to be treated with dignity and respect...same as any other sinner...like you and I.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Linda Thomas

      You are touting Nazi solutions – and you are probably so poorly schooled that you don't even know what that means.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Junior

      interesting, then, that there are so many religious conservatives on this board that are condemning this kind of talk. we may not agree on everything, but obviously those conservatives that are here speaking out against this hatred come from a culture of compassion and community. you come from a culture of fear and hatred. it isn't just the liberals that think you're pitiful, friend.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  20. De Monkeey

    Sounds like he's been reading The Hunger Games.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
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