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. bluehawkdancing

    Religion, what a scourge.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  2. Matthew

    Communist nation forcing opinions on people. He is off in some rural area with a small church, why is it a big deal? What happened to the freedom of speech? I wish the south would just succeed and become a new country. A lot of people are starting to talk about it down here. No freedoms in this country anymore.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Melodykari78

      I think they tried that once before. Didn't work out too well.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • ChristopherM

      Please, by all means, secede! No one is going to stop you this time. By the time you people figure out that you pay less in taxes than you take in via government services, you'll all be in the hole while the rest of us in states where people think and get a real education will be far more prosperous since they don't have to pay for you anymore.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • AD

      Isn't that just what he's doing? Exercising his freedom of speech?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • Montanajau

      Yeah, the South should "succeed" and become another country. And we should have freedom of speech, defined by you as the right to make outrageous, hateful statements in church with no one free to respond. This North Carolina fool said what he wanted without government restriction, Matthew. And he was heartily condemned by better people who said what they wanted without government restriction. THAT is freedom of speech. He has it, I have it and even you have it, ignorant as you are. Just for the record, I was born and raised nine miles outside Charlotte but still managed to get an education. I suggest you do the same.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Matthew

      About 1/3 of my paycheck goes to Uncle Sam. The British taxed us less then 5%. I would take British Rule anyday over current Federacracy. I don't believe in gays. There I said it. I really never protest against gay marriage, etc. but I don't believe in spitting on our ancestors that made our nation great as all you LIBERALS do. You take the culture that made Europe and the West excel from 1500-1950 and throw it down the drain. Now Europe and US suck. Not even powers anymore. China and India are about to overtake us. That is the TRUTH. China was a joke compared to the West in 1900 and India was a British Colony. Perhaps people that lived a long time ago and were Christian knew what they were doing!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • ChristopherM

      So again Matthew, secede! Please! We don't want you people! Then maybe you'll figure out that you pay far less in taxes than what you take back out of the system from the rest of us.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • Matthew

      Liberalism and Secularism destroys society. If you don't believe it read history. Look at Europe. 1500-1914 before socialism, radical nutjob governments, and multiculturalism, Europe dominated the World. Europe nations were unstoppable and hardly won a battle against a non-European force. In the present under socialism Europe is bankrupt and a JOKE. That tells you something right there. Perhaps they shouldn't have been spitting on their ancestors and their believes. I would rather live under a Monarch from the 1700s then these joke athiest regimes. At least they had the Chinese and Muslims running scared!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Matthew

      The West needs another Caesar and another Roman Empire to secured order and defeat our enemies again!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Montanajau

      Matthew, I'm going to exercise my freedom of speech and ask you nicely to shut up.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  3. David(hetero by the way)

    This "Preacher" is a perfect example of a "CHRISTIAN" Terrorist....

    May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • Maverick

      A terrorist, really? LOL

      May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  4. J

    After reading a lot of comments on here you would think that people actually people this pastors view is what most Christians hold to be true. Sounds like so many people are just ready to leap and grasp at anything against religion and more specifically Christianity.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • jimbo

      I find it obvious that some christians would rather make up new rules for their dogma than admit that their religion preaches hatred and divisiveness. After all, Jesus proclaimed that he was sent to turn son against father, daughter against mother, neighbor against neighbor.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Maverick

      The irony of it...those who preach tolerance and acceptance can't tolerate a man with an opinion. That's all it is, because in this country gays will NEVER be put in a concentration camp.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  5. Sal

    Well what do you expect from redneck preachers?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  6. Jason

    Kudos spawn of Hitler, its about time we build another concentration camp.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  7. TML

    Can we please just start taxing churches???

    May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  8. joe the plumber

    Won't be the first pastor the gets sent to hell. Don't be surprised when you wake up one day with a pitchfork up your ass, whether its a real one or the big red one.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • jimbo

      Hell is imaginary. There is no pit of flames under the ground waiting to eat and torture anybody's soul.

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

      Jimbo, that about made me burst into laughter. Thanks, I really needed that.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  9. Byrd

    "Sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace."

    – Bob Dylan

    May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  10. hugh harvey

    I don't really think that the Baptist Rev. Charles Worley is atypical among Baptist ministers.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  11. 4peas

    This is the party of Mitt Romney, Michelle Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, and Fox News. Pure hatred.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • dave

      Beautiful display of ignorance.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  12. justinstl

    That statement falls under the category of a hate crime. He should be arrested and charged with making statement that incite violence.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • dave

      He's disappointed bad! "Gawd's agin it, I'm agin it, and if you've got an I.Q. as low as mine, you're agin it too! "

      May 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  13. No Agenda Here

    You know if we could just get science to turn off that "Gay" gene then this would all be a mute argument. It is genetic right?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Kevin

      Now if we could only get science to turn off the "stupid" gene, we wouldn't have to read comments like yours. It's genetic after all, right?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  14. dave

    And this is news? This preacher has the right to speak his thoughts and opinions...just like gays have the right to speak their minds and opinions. Don't like the sermon...don't go to that church. Don't like gays...don't attend gay events or participate in the lifestyle. Geeesh.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • TML


      May 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • TomM

      He does have a right to say preach his sermons but when what he says sounds like Hitler and he is endorsing violence against gays, then he has crossed the line. If you can't see that, then please enlighten yourself or we will once again repeat history.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Paul J

      Agree with you. He expresses what he believes.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  15. Reality

    Dear Pastor "Not So Bright" Worley,

    o "Abrahamics" like you believe that their god created all of us and of course that includes the g-ay members of the human race. Also, those who have studied ho-mo-se-xuality have determined that there is no choice involved therefore ga-ys are ga-y because god made them that way.

    To wit:

    1. The Royal College of Psy-chiatrists stated in 2007:

    “ Despite almost a century of psy-choanalytic and psy-chological speculation, there is no substantive evidence to support the suggestion that the nature of parenting or early childhood experiences play any role in the formation of a person’s fundamental heteros-exual or hom-ose-xual orientation. It would appear that s-exual orientation is biological in nature, determined by a complex interplay of ge-netic factors and the early ut-erine environment. Se-xual orientation is therefore not a choice.[60] "

    2. "Garcia-Falgueras and Swaab state in the abstract of their 2010 study, "The fe-tal brain develops during the intraut-erine period in the male direction through a direct action of tes-tosterone on the developing nerve cells, or in the female direction through the absence of this hor-mone surge. In this way, our gender identi-ty (the conviction of belonging to the male or female gender) and s-exual orientation are programmed or organized into our brain structures when we are still in the womb. There is no indication that social environment after birth has an effect on gender ident–ity or s-exual orientation."[8

    3. See also the Philadelphia Inquirer review “Gay Gene, Deconstructed”, 12/12/2011. Said review addresses the following “How do genes associated with ho-mose-xuality avoid being weeded out by Darwinian evolution?”

    May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • AD

      So what? It's still a sinful practice.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  16. dave

    "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." Most of today's Evangelical Christians disregard this statement. They hate like they have no sin, and condemn the person, which Christ never did. This is why I have so little use for the "organized" church. Too hateful, too political.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Reality

      John 8:7

      When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."

      Said passage, as per many contemporary NT scholars, was not said by the historical Jesus. One reason for this conclusion is that it appears no where else in the scriptures.

      Actually, all of John's Gospel is of questionable historic value.

      To wit:

      From Professor Bruce Chilton in his book, Rabbi Jesus,

      "Conventionally, scholarship has accorded priority to the first three gospels in historical work on Jesus, putting progressively less credence in works of late date. John's Gospel for example is routinely dismissed as a source......

      From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_John#Authorship

      "Since "the higher criticism" of the 19th century, some historians have largely rejected the gospel of John as a reliable source of information about the historical Jesus.[3][4] "[M]ost commentators regard the work as anonymous,"[5] and date it to 90-100."

      "The authorship has been disputed since at least the second century, with mainstream Christianity believing that the author is John the Apostle, son of Zebedee. Modern experts usually consider the author to be an unknown non-eyewitness, though many apologetic Christian scholars still hold to the conservative Johannine view that ascribes authorship to John the Apostle."

      And from Professor Gerd Ludemann, in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 416,

      "Anyone looking for the historical Jesus will not find him in the Gospel of John. "

      See also http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/john.html

      May 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • AD

      You're not reading it in it's entirety and you don't know what you're talking about.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  17. Peter Metz

    I love it when push comes to shove some Christians come out and say how non-Christian these kinds of sentiments are. For every Christian that professes these kinds of things 1000's silently believe the same thing. Did you hear anyone booing while he was preaching his hatred? Of course not. Christianity and other religions by design are intolerant–intolerant of the non-believers and it is their task to convert them or condemn them to hell.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  18. bandgeek1


    I thought I heard his miserable, bigoted voice hollerin' out an "AMEN".

    Seriously, That crosses the line. Not only is it hate speech but he is exhorting his followers to follow a particular political ideology which violates the separation laws and means his blessed mega-church SHOULD BE TAXED!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  19. nobody

    maybe someone should tell this pastor that gay people would't reproduce since...ya know, they're gay

    someone should put him in an electrified fence and leave him. What an idiot

    May 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  20. Agnes Louise Pickens

    The man is evil.................a minion of Satan to spur such hate-speech.................Hitler tried this with the Jews and they SURVIVED.................each child is maded in 'god's image'..............if God did not want Gays he/she would have 'evolved' them out of the human race and yet, they survive.................like any of god loving creations...............even this hate-monger.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
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