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. DB

    I am Christian and I was appalled at this video. Please understand, this is NOT Christianity.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  2. shared_gum

    This is just horrible. And this man is someone who is listened to by his community?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  3. Rideitout

    Listening to him trying to articulate made me wet my pants. You've got to be kidding?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  4. Dr. Loomis

    Finally, a spokseperson for the lunatic fringe.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  5. KJV


    May 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Katherine

      Deal. As long as churches agree to give up their tax-exempt status.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  6. LF

    his plan is basically the same idea as the holocaust. glad to see history embraces itself

    May 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  7. JustaThought

    Has anyone ever thought that this guy may be a religious extremist? All of the time I hear "Not all Muslims are extremists". Why is it that those same people (in the terms of my interactions anyway) are the ones that lump all Christians into a category with this dude?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • Jesus Christ

      Because that is the nature of all religions. There is not grey area. You are either a member of the religion or a hypocrite. I am not Muslim but read the koran and was really shocked. If I was Muslim I cannot claim to base my life based on the Magic Book's truths and everything in the magic book is true and yet be selective in what I live by – that would make me, as I said, hypocrite and not a Muslim. Similarly with Christianity. Therefore he is merely teaching the truths of his religion.

      If you don't the truths of the religion, then get out of it. I cannot claim to be christian because I like all the gifts I get round Christmas but don't believe I should not work on Saturday because its the Sabbath – then I am not really christian.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • Mike

      NAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWW!.... none of us thought this guy was a religious extremist. DUH! of course he is a Radical Un-American racist bigot with a bible. We all know that and so does the ENTIRE WORLD now. The problem is MOST Christians ARE becoming RADICALS. When genocide is applauded in church, you know CHRISTIANITY Has left the room. No tax exempt status for this Radical Poltical mob in a building. It isn't a church , it is a HATE GROUP.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Saboth

      Funny, I went to a church once where the pastor (southern baptist) advocated building fences to keep all those darn Mexicans out. Don't fool yourself into thinking this bigoted way of thought is limited to extremists in organized religion. For ever 2 people shaking there head at this guy, there is 1 nodding in agreement.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  8. mitt romney

    Mr. Worley, the world doesn't need you in it. You make the world less of a good place.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  9. Mike

    Matthew Shepard was found tied to a fence pole. Matthew had been beaten to death. A Sunday church service praising Genocide is a new low for Christianity in America. At least the Nazis told the Jews they were going to "Work Camps." Pastor Worley said "put them in pens so they will die off", even Hitler was less obvious about his intentions than this monster. I can see Pastor Guard Worley standing there now, by the gate to the fence with a cross around his neck, a bible in one hand, and a cattle prod in another as Jesus joins the line of Gays and Lesbians while they are forced into a pen in the name of Christianity.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • mitt romney

      Exactly. Worley's ideas sounds Exactly like what jesus would do.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  10. tigrr

    Any Church or Religious Group teaching hate, trying to dictate their rules on non-members, or get involved in US politics, Must immediately loose their tax-exempt status.
    Anyone putting stock in this bozo sould be put in psychiatrists office.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • mitt romney

      Well said.

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

      Disagree ... political involvement along the lines of MLK is the very core of US-styled liberation theology. Wouldn't want to see that go.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  11. Mary

    I am embarrassed by this man because I live in NC. An unenlightened, backwoods preacher northwest of Charlotte, NC. They get overly righteous when they think no one's looking. The kooks sometimes back down when the spotlights get too hot for them and they don't have anything more to back up what they're saying. The South has a lot of viewpoints and it's a shame this particular one is getting all the attention.

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

      The attention is well deserved. When Christianity promotes genocide it is news worthy. This was done in a church, by a Pastor. This man is a racist monster who wants gay people dead. If that is not worth mentioning in the news. What is?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  12. Durundal

    This is outrageous – the man may have the right to run his mouth, but those who are given the privilege of mass broadcasting a message that could be received by so many should take more responsibility and care in what they spew and be held to higher standards. The man is repulsive in every sense of the word, and unworthy of leading a flock

    May 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  13. Mannycl

    ignore him

    May 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  14. eddiecurrents

    I never have and never will care whom you go to bed with, whom you get up with nor what you do in between. That is your business and G ods. I resent anybody trying to MAKE it my business, preachers, politicians or just plain folks. I don't care. Should I go to Hell too?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  15. DNA


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

      Relax, don't be this guy's equal.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Jesus Christ

      well Drew he has to defend himself, dont he?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm |


      May 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  16. Brian K

    BREAKING NEWS: After Giving Anti-Gay Sermon, Pastor Charles Worley Found Naked With Three Young Boys Under His Desk! When asked if this meant that he himself was gay, Worley responded by saying "I'm not gay, how could i be, I like Nascar just like the rest of us. I'm just doing what God told me to do....touch boys."

    May 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • mitt romney

      Pretty sure worley likes sheep more than little boys.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  17. joe

    What a sick ba$tard.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  18. rnumbers123

    Yep, two days in a row without a front page gay headline is just too long for QNN. Find some nutjob and make him the news of the day.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Joshua Ludd

      Maybe thats because in this society two days don't go by without someone saying something monstrous like this.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  19. Rideitout

    Make his a translator at the U.N. "Say what?"

    May 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "It's called free speech people."

    What don't you understand about "free speech" only referring to the state taking action to restrict your self expression? People or the public getting in an uproar over someone like this guy exercising his right of free speech to spew hateful, societally damaging filth...that's OUR right of free speech too. He's welcome to be as big of a bigot as he wants...and we're welcome to criticize and ridicule him for it. That door swings both ways. He has no "right" to be free from ridicule for benig a bigot. AND, nobody is trying to shut him up...we want all of you bigots out there to identify yourselves for ridicule as much as possible. Your'e a blight on our country.

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

      You’re absolutely right. I think all Christians should be rounded up and put in enclosed area with an electrified fence. Sooner or later they will die off. There’s a fine line between freedom of speech and hate speech. Comments like this cross the line.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • CNNuthin

      Free speech while blatantly suggesting that his congregation commit hate crimes. Free Speech encouraging people to take away other people's freedoms. Free Speech with Authority. Dangerous....but you are right. Free Speech.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
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