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. Locker

    It doesn't take much "scouring" to find morons who hate, fear and marginalize gay people. It's a primary platform of the Republican party. Try again.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  2. DC Observer

    This pastor is not nearly as abusive and hateful as Obama's racist friends Reverend Wright; Al Sharptont; and Jesse jackson.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • James PDX

      Yes he is. But I dislike all of them as well.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  3. justinstl

    Thats nuts its like saying that breeders spread the disease of humanity. The earth will better off when human life is wiped out!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  4. cuisinemanager

    This subject is a typical media distraction, a Gallup poll this past week showed that 1% of people cared about this topic and 72% cared about the economy.The media is attempting to focus the American people on issues that are not important and distract people from the real issues. How sad and how typical!

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

      If this topic is such an unimportant distraction, why are so many states having votes in an effort to ban equal marriage? Why do folks who say they want less government, want the government to tell people who they can marry

      May 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • James PDX

      If it's so unimportant, why do these stories get more forum replies than pretty much anything else?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  5. Jack

    When it comes to idiocy such as this, it's tough knowing what to say. I'm always amused when allegedly reiigious people are so full of hate. This is an evil man.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  6. Jennifer

    He's stupid and wrong...but he has the right to his own opinion. He even has the right to spew out that opinion in public. That's why we have freedom of speech.

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

      "Freedom of Speech" is largely misconstrued as "freedom to say whatever I damn well please." It's not. Freedom of speech doesn't give anyone the right to shout "fire" in a theater. And it doesn't give you the right to condemn any group.

      We need to start teaching people what Freedom of Speech ACTUALLY means, so people like this preacher will stop trying to hide behind it.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • exCONservtv

      As much as I hate this guy, he has the right to do what he's doing. It's the people that sit and amen him that disturb me more.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Jack

      Bull. No one has the right to threaten lives. This idiot should be arrested.

      May 24, 2012 at 2:33 am |
  7. Rideitout

    It just goes to show you don't need much of an edumacation to preach in church.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  8. Kathy

    This is one of the reasons why I stopped supporting the church years ago. When it was time to collect the offering – the pastor gave his prayer and stated that "my favorite color is green – especially when it is in the form of a check" – nice. All that 99% of the churchs today care about is money – not people – but money – especially the Catholic church. I do not need to "go" or "belong" to a church to worship – I can do so anytime or anywhere. Thank you very much!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • James PDX

      According to Jesus Christ, your prayer and worship is supposed to be a private thing between you and God, therefore, these large churches holding Sunday masses preaching about how they are morally superior to others are an affront to Jesus and God.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  9. Daniel

    Seriously... do they even HAVE schools in North Carolina? Damn you idiots in South are dumber than dirt. We all know this man, like so many Christians, is a massive hypocrite; the hate they all spew is so amazingly UN-Christlike, you wonder really if they're suffering from some mental illness. I think it's about time we FORCE all the Right Wing Bible Thumper Hate States of the South to secede from the United States. Let them have their own country and stew in their own hatred. See how long they last. They're all an embarrassment to humanity.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • smb04d

      This comment is wrong is SO many ways.
      First, you can't just assume the "south" all thinks alike
      Second, you also can't assume the "south" is made up of "Right Wing Bible Thumper Hate States"
      Third, YES the "south" does have schools and they aren't teaching this!
      FINALLY, I'm from the "south"! Why don't you get to know some southerners before you make bigot statements like the pastor.

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

      Would it be possible to renegotiate the end of the Civil War? There is so much anti-everything (blacks, hispanics, gays, foreigners in general, "liberals"...aka anyone who doesn't share my fundamentalist craziness...scientists) vitriol down there, perhaps they should just have their own country after all. The rest of the US could have a fortified, but open border. Any sane person trying to escape the mess they would make could immigrate freely to the north. The crazies could stay there and hate everyone. I think Lincoln had it all wrong; should have emancipated the slaves, let them escape, and give the place to jefferson Davis, et all.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  10. Cinman

    Christian inhumanity and hate strikes again. Same old, same old. Funny how folks use God to inflict hurt on others. I wonder what God will say to them when their time comes..............

    May 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • xyx25

      Matthew 7:21-23:
      21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
      22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
      23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

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

      Bad people are born looking for excuses and mediums to hurt others. It's up to the rest of us to out them and limit their harm.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  11. smb04d

    if he's going to be "agen it", he could at least sound somewhat intelligent and make an intelligent argument against it. And the fence idea is cruel and unusual punishment, so ERRR WRONG. Eventually as time goes on, the hatred and bigotry will die off with each passing generation.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  12. Oh Really

    Aren't there some strong words in the bible for gluttons? If I remember right, they are lumped into the same group as gays and drunkards.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  13. Pmc

    Seems that some "Christians" are not very Chriatian. Jesus said; " Love thy neighbor." Some pretend Christians try to use the bible to justify their prejudice and hatred. To these un-Christian Cristians I say:
    1) You do not decide who goes to heaven or not.
    2) You need therapy.
    3) You are hypocrites. You seem to forget Jesus saying; "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." You would punish others for their sins but not be punished for yours.
    4) You do more to push people away from Christ than the evil one could do himself.

    To the Pastor I say it's not your Church or your pulpit... It belongs to God. Stop behaving as though it belongs to you. And seek therapy... You need it badly. You shouldn't be delivering any sermons until you have been psychologically cleared for your antisocial behavior.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  14. Williams

    I understand the fact that the man doesn't agree with the practice, and I can sympatize with his position, but my goodness, it sounds like cruel and unusual punishment to me. Maybe he needs to keep his mouth closed because some may actually take him literally.

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

      What gives anyone the right to punnish people for being who they are. Gays do not need punishment!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  15. hugh harvey

    How can anyone determine who should marry or not. The US government and the states should get out of the marriage business. Marriages should be registered with the states with full information on all parties(including proper identification just like voters) and that's it.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  16. Kim

    I don't think some people should put their name and pastor in the same sentence. No one's required to endorse it or like it, but this is just 100% ridiculous.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  17. blahblahblah

    Whenever we are quiet about injustice, we allow the supporters of injustice to grow powerful and become the established status quo. Whenever we speak out in opposition to injustice, we reduce the power of it's unjust promotors. They are no longer able to control the status quo, and as they oppose their loss of power we can publicly hear their refusal to give up power, and witness their psychological, emotional and spiritual depravity. As they lose power to justice, their delusions become apparent, and their desperation, inhumanity, and criminal nature become obvious, while the absurdity of their tortured beliefs become known.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  18. Learn to Fish

    For every idi0tic extremist, there's an equally opposite id0tic extremist. What I don't understand is why the extremists make up the majority of new coverage.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  19. Jesusofnarnia

    If straight people hate gays so much, tell them to stop raising gay kids.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • ME II

      They are trying, that's part of the problem, I would think.
      See earlier article, "Pastor who sparked outrage over hitting gay children speaks out" http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/08/pastor-who-sparked-outrage-over-hitting-gay-children-speaks-out/

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

      This guy would probably tell parents to kill their child if they were gay

      May 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  20. heather

    that man doesn't understand the first thing about love.

    "...that say we don't love you, I love you more than you love yourself,”...“I'm praying for you to be saved.""

    May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
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