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. Vinny

    Where's the hate part? He's suggesting they get their very own real estate...and even feed them.

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

      this family is all FOR Pastor Charles L. Worley! He has the right idea and we fully support him! Points for his religion and points for the CORRECT LIFESTYLE!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Drew

      You must mean the Manson family.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • tom

      You know Bird,

      The Nazis also fed the Jews in their concentration camps. So you're saying you support the Nazis?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • mandarax

      Bird, if that's the kind of family you're raising, I don't know whether to feel more sorry for your children or more sorry for the people who will have to share the world with your children.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  2. Rudenz

    Stupidity can be infinite

    May 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  3. no nothing

    Way to go Pastor Charles L. Worley. you really know how to be an example of the love that Christianity has to offer.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  4. Andy

    This Idiot gives Christians a bad name. Real Bad!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  5. Mike in SA

    As a Christian, I want to say this so everyone can understand it, OK. Pastor Worley...go to Hell.

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

      Noted, and appreciated!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  6. Rideitout

    Elmer Fudd could do better than this sorry excuse for public education.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  7. Bobby G.

    I just loves me some North Cakalaky bible thumpin...

    May 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  8. Not All Docs Play Golf

    I wonder how this guy would perform on Jeopardy.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  9. Kalessin

    Thank goodness no open minded person would use this goof ball's comment to condemn every Christian out there. That would be crazy.

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

    As a Christian, and a Southern Baptist, I am ashamed and embarrassed that this guy is a preacher in my faith and speaks in the name of Jesus. DocHollywood is right on. This is one step away from the Nazi concentration camps.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  11. Greenspam

    God loves, men hate.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  12. Dave

    What an abominable idiot. If G*d didn't approve of gays, he/she would never have created any. So the question of belief in G*d hinges on whether nutcases accept that G*d created EVERYTHING that exists, or is simply a G*d of convenience for psychotic preachers.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  13. The Natopian

    Well now we know where Hitler got his ideas!... the Christians

    May 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  14. tuamike

    There is no difference between this man and a Muslim who straps a bomb to his chest. The intent is the same. Eliminate all people who do not think like you do, believe what you believe, or look like you do. Your religious beliefs mean nothing to me, nor should they have any bearing on the laws that govern this land. Simple minded fanatics who believe elaborate fairy tales. Keep your religion out of my government. I have found that stupidity comes in all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and religion. This simple minded thinking will be defeated with time and history will look back at you as bigots.

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

      Your words are the words in my heart...well put...thank you.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  15. Joshua Ludd

    And no one will dare call him what he is... a religious extremist... and a monster.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Mike in SA

      Actually...many Christians here are calling him exactly that.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • Moody2

      I think you just did...Go you!!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  16. Terry

    You know everyone..the bible does say its an abomination..right?? Its in there. Why is it if someone quotes the bible today, they're going to hell..that's kinda funny to me

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

      The bible says a lot of dumb things, do you blindly follow those quotes as well, or do you pick and choose?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • cosmicsnoop

      So? More and more people are not giving credence to a book of mythology. If you are giving it credence, then you should capitalize it. It also says I am allowed to kill all my neighbors because they were all out Sunday mowing their lawns and disturbing the Lord's peace. I don't like any of them so as long as it's OK, I have no problem taking them all out.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  17. eddiecurrents

    Gay, straight, rubber or cement. Who cares and why should they?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  18. Proud

    I thought Christians were a loving people. This man is full of violent hate. I think he should be ashamed to call himself a Christian, let alone call himself a "man". He is no man, this person is a monster.

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

    Yet another false teacher not teaching what Christianity truly stands for. These people are to be expected as the end draws near but it's such a shame. To everyone out there please realize this isn't what Christianity or Jesus stands for.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  20. rick

    Don't just love when they say they don't hate. I guess I just don't know what it means.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
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