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. tstorm92

    This "pastor" sounds like he just had a "bad break-up" with his boyfriend!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  2. Dennis

    Just another crazy southerner. As I have said many times, Lincoln should of let the south go.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Mark From Middle River

      As a proud person below the Mason Dixon line and descendant of slaves, thank goodness you were wrong.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • sarahsaint

      *should HAVE, not should of

      The worst thing to happen to the South was Lincoln's assassination.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  3. FactsRBad

    Stupid is as stupid does – Forrest Gump.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  4. Jake McQuire

    Sounds like HIlter and his concentration camps. Funny how someone preaches to do good can be so evil.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  5. Janie

    But what if they 'baby-killer' only kills gay babies? Is that ok? haha. This guy is warped.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  6. Tom

    Why the big deal over this wing nut? This is the same mental philosophy that bans gay marriage, that says marriage is between a man and woman. Course in their world it's OK if they are brother and sister.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  7. SlayFalseGod

    What is it about the sick minds in N.C. who cant love their God without hating someone ? Nothing like some hate to bring people together.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  8. Becky

    The Lord will lay his hate and evil at his feet, and he will know that the things he has said are a tarnish on his soul.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  9. Jackola

    I read once that bigotry is inversely proportional to self esteem.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  10. george

    These bible thumpers are truely a disgusting lot.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  11. Joshua

    "I love you more than you love yourself"... that's why I want you to ne fenced up so you'll die off. Actually, the way he believes (which is absurd), if these "lesbians and gays" died now they would all go to hell. If he ACTUALLY loved them he would just pray for them and ask God to save them, but in reality, he just wants them dead.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  12. dave

    I could not stop laughing at how this idiot talks. Again' it again' it! What? lol. I'm pretty sure he meant against it.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  13. NeedNewGov

    There something interesting about the fence idea but i would put these Hateful Christians in there instead so they could live their hateful lives among themselves.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Not Interested in this

      you need a big fence 98% of Americans are Christian

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

      98%....thats not at all accurate!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • mandarax

      98% ?!? You are a fool and are just making things up.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Guffaw

      @Not interested...

      I would say that you might be completely wrong. Saying that 98% of US citizens are Christian is like saying that %50 of US citizens are Republican and %50 are Democratic.

      Read it slowly.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  14. mandarax

    Religion is one of the few social arenas where this kind of speech is openly tolerated. It shouldn't be. It's backward and stupid to the core.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Not Interested in this

      it is why we have the first amendment i this country. it is your comment that is backwards, ignorant, and stupid

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

      By not tolerated, I mean his congregation should have the sense to walk out on him and refuse to support him with their donations.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • db

      The first amendment does NOT protect speech that is threatening or directly incites or attempts to incite violence. There are limits to all freedoms guaranteed to us. This man is calling for the mass extermination of a group of human beings who share a common trait. Does this sound familiar? You've probably read about the Holocaust? The Armenian or Rwandan or Somalian or Serbian genocides?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  15. Drew

    That's the nice part about the concept of free speech ... it allows ignorant, hateful, gnarled trolls like this guy to out themselves. Don't be outraged, be relieved that we know who people like this really are. And don't mistake him and his most fervent followers for Christians either; they people who cherry-pick from the Bible those verses that support their hatreds and happily ignore the rest.

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

      "And don't mistake him and his most fervent followers for Christians either"
      I would like to believe that, but I spent much of my life in rural NC, and this is not at all out of the mainstream. This is what Christianity is in those communities. These are the people who want to be able to make social policy for the rest of us and they are not some wingnut minority – they are the norm in many places.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Drew

      That could be in North Carolina, and fundy churches elsewhere, but in the grand scheme of Christianity, they're a far-right niche. Fun to watch these guys implode though.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  16. Clear and Present Thinker

    Last time that electric fence idea was tried, it resulted in war crimes trials. Does this fraud posing as a pastor want to be next?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  17. Moi

    put this clown inside an electric fence.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  18. Wayne

    Clearly he is "Again'it."

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

      lol! I thought I was the only one that found that hilarious.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  19. DrewNumberTwo

    If that's his version of love, then the man needs a dictionary.

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

    Cool. This guy has it all figured out. We don't even need God – he can condemn and punish on his own right here on earth.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
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