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. Chewbacca

    We can only hope and pray to Yahweh, Jesus, Mary and the pantheon of Christian saints in Christian heaven that Yahweh takes "Pastor" Charles L. Worley life away as soon and painfully as possible.


    May 22, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  2. Tulsa

    Let's replace the words Gay and Lesbian with, Blacks and Hispanics.
    This is the same mentality of people during the Civil Rights Movement.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • usarmyoverlord

      You have a valid point there.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  3. xab

    Hopefully Satan is preparing a nice warm room for him.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  4. Starbright

    I am a gay Christian. How? Just do it. I try and follow the teachings of Jesus but not those of Paul or the Old Testament. Anyone who does not like that can write a letter of complaint and throw it away.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • steve

      u go girl

      May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • worktolive

      Isn't Paul's teachings in the New Testament?? That is what Christians are supposed to be living by-hmmm how are you omitting that? Just because it doesn't agree with your lifestyle doesn't mean it can be overlooked and you can keep sinning and never repent for that lifestyle and Jesus will overlook that!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • JeffJ

      Is there anyone out there that follows the entire Bible? The Bible says not to eat shell fish or pork, says we should take a woman not a virgin on her wedding night to her father's house and stone her to death. That is the problem with the religous zealots (not Christians) is they pick and choose.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  5. CNNpathetic

    Huh? What secular power does Christianity have? I am not forced to go to church, nor do I get hassled by "religious police" when my wife doesnt wear a burka. You people are falling into CNN's trap of stupidity. A month ago when hundreds of rockets were sent to Israel, the news at CNN was "ISRAEL KILLS 5" or something to this affect. Cant you see how this news agency is islamo friendly and is trying to brainwash people?? It is pathetic!!!!

    May 22, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Jim

      Climb down off of your pile of bibles. You whine about terrorists in the Middle East, and then tacitly support the American Taliban.

      You going to start cutting people's noses off next?

      May 22, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • bwhitten

      And yet, you come here everyday to rant and rave. Try Faux News. It is more to your ilk. Flag waving and racial slurs that double as "Patriotism".

      May 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Chewbacca

      Religitards like yourself vote based on your delusional. irrational beliefs.

      Therefore, your religious idiocy effects us all.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  6. Sumballo

    Should hate speech charges be brought against CNN for all their anti-Christian bigotry that they have been publishing?

    May 22, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • BRC

      IT is not hate speach to illustrate blatant bigottry. So no.

      May 22, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Sodomite

      Why? For exposing Christian hypocrisy and bigotry?

      May 22, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • usarmyoverlord

      We have to deal with our nutjobs who claim to follow Chirst. Just like others have to deal with their own nutjobs.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • geeky

      Ah, yes those insidious methods for inciting bigotry against Christians: "Record" and "Play"

      May 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • sassysticks53

      No. I haven't seen CNN spreading religious hate. Pastor Worley is the hateful one. CNN just did their job by exposing this bigot. It's the pastor who is hateful, not CNN.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  7. Don

    This is why I hate all religions equally....

    May 22, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  8. usarmyoverlord

    Yeah I've heard this fools "Sermon" and I'm again it 😉

    May 22, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • usarmyoverlord

      This guy is the reason the bible states... "Not everyone who says Lord Lord, will enter the kingdom..." Matt 7 21-23

      May 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  9. Tanya

    Yes, they'll die out... Because we all know only gay people produce gay children. Hence the fact that we have gays and lesbians period. Completely logical.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Confused

      Gay people won't reproduce. At all.
      Not sure how well adoption works in a fenced-in area...

      May 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  10. Denise

    I can't stand it when people who claim to be people of God spew utter hatred. They're certainly not representing my God. I'd have walked out on this hateful, ugly man.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  11. Jim

    Proof that evangelicals are the American Taliban.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • mike

      It also proves that you make generalizations.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  12. steve

    this guy is just another 'fat f___ looking for attention. Nothing more...nothing less.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  13. Sodomite

    Ten bucks says that Worley likes young boys.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Not a Scholar

      Yes, but he is Clergy so it's expected.

      May 22, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • DJ

      Nice to know there's still generalizing religitards.

      May 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  14. snowdogg

    "Build a great big, large fence – 50 or a 100 miles long – and put all the conservative christians in there,”

    May 22, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • mike

      they've already done that... and regardless, the christians would survive for eternity just fine, it's the unrepentent sinner that has to worry about judgment

      May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • DJ

      "Arrest everyone who answers a misbegotten, cruel idea with another."

      May 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  15. Congito

    You Christians and you'r stupid beliefs, they are nothign more than fairy tales to scare you when you are a child into following a set of moral codes. Grow up and realize the bible is nothing but a book that is man made and passed down from generation to generation, none of the stories in the bible are real.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • bwhitten

      So Rome didn't exist? Whew. good I was scared there for a moment. I go to Italy now. What a sec. If Rome didn't exist, then Italy doesn't. If Italy doesn't, neither does the USA. If it doesn't then you don't. Ahhh, the power of Transitive properties.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • usarmyoverlord

      I wouldn't be so sure of that... 😉

      May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Crooked Bridge

      Please do not lump all Christians in with this guy. He is not a Christian and as a Christian he offends me as much as he does you, possibly more.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • whatajoke

      you don't know what you're talking about. The historicity of the gospels, as well as the book of Acts, and the bible in general, have been verified. Give me one historical statement in the Bible that has been proven nonfactual.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  16. Duaine Morphis

    religion , which one of us has the coolest imaginary friend.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  17. wayne317

    What did he say that was out of line with what his book of magic says? I just wish they would follow through and kill all the people they are susposed too, if they follow the OT.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  18. woodrow

    But Jesus would never put up with this malarkey. If you are human, then you are equal in the eyes of God. The ones who judge will ultimately not fare well.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  19. Carole

    I am as straight as a loon's leg, but this pastor does not need to be behind the pulpit preaching. I guess people have a choice as to whether or not to listen to this nut of a preacher. Has he studied theology at all? If so, he didn't retain much.

    May 22, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  20. Tim

    What a horrible human being...

    May 22, 2012 at 11:55 am |
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