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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. A Serpent's Thought

    Some gays, like "some" christians would rather physically fight for their faithly views. Most social crowds of "differentialists" would rather make bets then willingly ride their horse to the finish line! Yes, I hate! I would rather openly hate then let it grow inside never to let it out! We all show our hate here in these posts. Ergo, our hateful sentiments are being vented!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  2. Richard

    What other kind of rhetoric should we expect from Christians, when they pretend to follow the same rule book as the Ku Klux Klan?

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

      Actually, your speech is hateful at its roots.

      The collection of books loosely re-interpreted by middle-aged anglo priests and assembled as the authorized Bible – has nothing to do with Klansmen, any more than the Quoran as to do with Osama bin Laden.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  3. TG

    This guy is such an idiot.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  4. sherry

    Seriously.. There was a man in history who spoke like this. His name was Hitler... I am a straight woman with a Husband and 2 children. I fully support anyone who wants to take the next step in their love for another human being. People need to get off their high horse and stop using God as an intimidation. Just because one person does not agree with another and their lifestyle, we get all this hate being spewed and out ritghous God is unaccepting to this, whatever. He is going to accept people who love each other and treat each other with kindness before he accepts this guy into heaven. It is a sad and disgusting world and I just hope when my children are grown there is a lot more tolerance and acceptance in it. So many other things wrong in this world and this guy wants to bash love.. Seriously get a life. go ahead and join the ranks of someone like Hitler hope your happy there

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

      Hitler restored pride in broken country and made the economy boom. Talk about communist leaders being evil, instead of Hitler

      May 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  5. John

    I hate every and all minorities, gays, and atheists. If it was up to me I would have them all killed so the Christian and Jewish people could live without fear of persecution.

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

      I suggest we save you from yourself and remove you from society... permanently.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  6. total nonsense

    Shoot him on sigh PERIOD.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  7. eddiecurrents

    Personally I find anyone that stands up and says that THEY are representative of G od and HIS word suspect regardless of flavor of religion. They can at best only represent some written words on a page – written by equally suspect men at some time in the past.

    Place a Christian with a Bible and a Muslim with a Koran in the same room, lock it up and go away for 10 minutes. Know what you get? Sushi.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  8. Rob

    These pastors are just want to make an name for themselves. They have no idea what God's love is all about.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  9. wisdomVS

    So, if gays can't reproduce... where did they come from? My answer... God created them, so leave them alone and mind your own business!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  10. Cherries

    For all of the extremely upset people: why not send a letter of drop an email and express your opinion right back?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • total nonsense

      He need to be unish for HIS CRIMES AGAINS HUMANITY. actually he should lost his status as human.

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

      I'm serious. Chances are he's not going to see this. Feedback can be very powerful.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  11. mickey1313

    This evil arrogant c-o-c-k sucker should d-i-e.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  12. Rooster Cogburn

    Amen...

    May 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  13. Jeff

    I can only imagine what he thinks about interracial marriage. Anyway, it's usually the ones like this idiot who protest too much who have something in their closets they don't want to fall out. There's probably one or two boys/men out there who'd have something to say about this guy. Drag $5 through the trailer park, and someone will talk.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  14. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    So much Jeremiah Wright bashing but you know, Jeremiah Wright never onced preached or called for the execution of human beings! All Mr. Wright did in that so-called controversial sermon a few years back is condemn America's oppressive and unjust foreign and domestic policies like the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghan wars and other foreign policies including the bombings of Heroshima and Nagasaki and so on! Then he spoke out against slavery in America and the segeregated and opppressive Jim Crow system in America during the civil rights era, the plight of the Native-American people and so on! Let's face it, if you were to go to the History Channel or to some of our major universities and colleges, you would get some of what Reverend Wright spoke about! After all, its American history that you cannot hide or deny!

    Furthermore, unlike that insane so-called pastor called Terry Jones in Florida, Reverent Wright never once called for the burning of anyone's Kuran or religious scriptures or ever went ahead and burn the Kuran like Mr. Jones did, causing innocent Westerns to be killed in Afghanistan in retaliation! let's face it, Reverand Wright was correct is saying that there are alot of injustices to the way we do things in America! And I guess this gay and lesbian rightwing basher will soon be a hero and a picture boy for the teapublican party! Well, only in America!

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

      er, what makes Terry Jones "insane"? What about your religious tolerance rap? Terry Jones does not happen to like or enjoy the Muslim faith and sees it as a threat. He has no right to his opinion? Where I don't agree with his methods, it is harder every day to argue with his basic tenant: Muslims are dangerous, they hate us and will kill us if they can. Argue please .........

      May 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  15. Matthew

    The fact is all you liberals have POed God and that is why our economy sucks, that is why society is dying, that is why America will not even be a power in 30 years. Congrats idiots. Enjoy your hedonism and pleasure while it lasts before Babylon comes and destroys us (I doubt any of you will get that reference).

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

      Libs ????? Geo W. Bush must play the role of the Anti-Christ ....

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

      Society is dying? It may have some decay... but dying? I don't think so. Can you say... FANATIC.

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

      I'm just going to guess here but, I'm gonna say that it's more likely the bad economy has o do with corporate greed, population growth, bad investments and a decline in education.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • mickey1313

      You are re-tar-ded if you think meer mortals can anger the divine. It gave free will for a reason

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

      Maybe the economy is bad because you people in the red states won't pay taxes for the services you take. http://www.pubtheo.com/page.asp?PID=1731

      May 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      A few more sips of the Kool-Aid and America would have one less rightwing lunatic around to destroy it!

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

      I disagree. I hate Michaels.

      Oh, and by the way, the word liberal is not an epithet.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • Matthew

      mickey you must have never heard of the Edomites, Moabites, Sodom and Gomorrah, Phoenicians, etc. They all angered God along with Israel and God empowered Assyria/Babylon/Persia/Greece to conquer them all in that order and wipe them out. Don't be a fool, throughout history ever nation that rebelled against God has fallen, i.e. Soviet Union, British Empire, French Empire, China, Arab Caliphite, Ottoman Empire, Roman Empire, etc.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  16. Not All Docs Play Golf

    Science builds modern jet aircraft.
    Religion flies them into buildings.

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

      Dude, that is one awesome quote!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • free man

      bingo!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  17. John

    I hate all minorities, gays, and atheists. If it was up to me I would have them all killed so the Christian and Jewish people could live without fear of persecution.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • Not All Docs Play Golf

      Too much caffeine?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Perhaps you should abandon your christian name before you make such hateful and irrational comments!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • Guffaw

      I hate all Johns. They are all mean commentors.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  18. Mine

    This man is not a Christian. He can call himself one all he wants but he is no better then the westboro Baptist.

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

      He is actually infinitely worse than Westboro Baptist Church. The Phelps' family preaches hate and should be summarily despised and ignored, but I have never read anything about them directly preaching genocide or even physical harm.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  19. Richard

    Another nail in the coffin of Christianity. Thanks, Rev! Couldn't have done it without you!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  20. willy

    Don't judge all Christians by what one pastor says any more than judging all Muslims to be the same. It ain't that simple is it?

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

      Don't just an entire religion by it's pasters...but you can judge it's congregation for coming back the following week to listen to more hate.

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

      You sir are a knob.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Bet he's backing Mitt Romney! You rightwingers could bash Muslims all you wnat, but it is you rightwing so-called christian cross burning conservatives that's destroying this country! let's face it, we're a diversity of peoples and its our diversity that make us unique but if you have a problem with diversity in America, then you people should go join Newt Gingrich and create your moon colony!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
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