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. Richard

    I love how the "real Christians" disavow this creep as "not really a Christian."

    From all indications, it would appear that accusing others of not really being Christian is a pre-requisite to being a "real Christian." Go figure.

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

      Seriously? You're just as bad as that guy up there who is condemning gay people. I'm Christian buddy–and I'll pray for you...along with that yayhoo redneck pastor.

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

      There's certain beliefs and doctrines that Jesus commanded us to follow. Someone can call themselves whatever they want but actually following something is a different story. Can you wrap your mind around such a simple yet easy to understand concept? Or are you more interested in just attacking Christianity for your own benefits?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  2. Ryan

    I give this guy 6 months before he's caught molesting little boys.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      I'm sure he's already molesting little boys!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • LeeLee

      If he hasn't already done so.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  3. LeeLee

    Where would Pastor Worley suggest the priests, pastors, reverends, etc. who victimize and violate our children be placed? In their own fenced community? Perhaps Pastor Worley sees them as exempt.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  4. xeno

    Isn't there something about telling people who to vote for that disqualifies your group for tax exempt status?

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

    This is like a redneck version of Hitler.... sad to see Christians resorting to these kind of words

    May 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      You're correct! He's perhaps the second coming of Hitler! He said he knows he won't get this agenda pass congress but he's wrong! The Democratic controlled Senate would reject it but the teapublican controlled house would approve it!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  6. Dan the Man

    A story you wont find on Fox News

    May 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  7. mike

    As a citizen of the state of Mississippi, all I can say is Thank God this man is from North Carolina!

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


      When I lived near Bogue Chitto, we had to ASK PERMISSION for my dad to invite his black Vice President of Operations over for dinner.


      May 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      LOL! Its a sad story but what you said is funny!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  8. ProgVet

    Religion in America has been perverted, twisted and exploited for only those bits & pieces the extremists choose to believe in. Churches are doing their best to control our nation. Every church should be taxed!

    This is a sad, twisted human being whose dedicated followers are bad people.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  9. Erik

    The pastor's defenders on here are nauseating. A man advocates for concentration camps, torture, and violence, but we're supposed to brush it off as "freedom of speech?" NO! Such evil needs to be condemned. "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

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

      yet people can yell pig, F'n A to cops ect? its if you hate gays your a bigot, if you hate christians you are also a bigot. 1 man out of 300,000,000 who does not like gays..........should not be propaganda to fuel the fire.........its just silly and getting old

      May 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Agree! Public officials in influencial positions should use their platform to promote peace and improve lives instead of spreading hate and insighting violence! Its a very sad day for America!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  10. Amazon

    Nice to know that the South and fundamentalists are still preaching ignorance and lies to under/uneducated , inbred hillbillies.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  11. ever4lasting

    people like this man, gives Christianity a bad name.The bible does state beware of false prophets.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  12. wsr1

    this man calls himself a Pastor? He is a JOKE! What ever happened to equal rights? Let the Gays and Lesbians alone!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  13. Shameful

    Yet another faIse 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 1:03 pm |
  14. FrayedJeff

    Don't like American freedoms, go live in another country! Freedom of religion includes my freedom from your religion. Get used to it!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  15. James Causey Jr

    It's just the desperation of these 'people' watching their sad, old world go bye-bye with the passage of time. They need to adapt or die.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  16. bigmikeskinsfan

    this guy represents christians like car bombers represent muslims, like crips represent all black people, like la eme represents all latinos.

    stop being as ignorant as the man in this article and trying to pin all christians on to this.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  17. Miriz

    In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
    And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
    And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
    And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up.


    May 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Miss Manager

      Unfortunately most people are sheep. I wish never again but you know inevitably if people don't stand up it will happen.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Well stated!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  18. gingersrule1

    And does anyone wonder why we have separation of church and state? Its because if people like this had real power our freedom would be eroded even further than it has.

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

      Unfortunately, church and state are not separated enough. Why do tax dollar s have to support this kind of hatred and unamerican speech??

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

      And all this time we thought Adolph Hitlet was dead! Wow, very scary!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  19. Chicago Agast

    Wow! An unvarnished and unadulterated peek into the pathetic, sick, warped and dangerous mind of a ideologue who's faith (belief without evidence) is based on fairy dust, greed, intolerance, bigotry and violence.

    Not only has this mental cripple undermined the founding principles of the USA, he has acted as a religious authority as he has planted vicious and inhumane ideas into the general national conversation about human rights.

    Charles Worley should be ashamed of himself, his congregation should repudiate his hateful and violent leadership, and he should leave the pulpit to more civilized and humane religious leaders.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  20. Rex

    What a sad little man... Small heart, little compassion, no ethical foundation.

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

      @Rex "What a sad little man... Small heart, little compassion, no ethical foundation."

      Correction: Sad fat man...

      May 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • marragor

      agree – can see him in his other attire as well – a white sheet

      May 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
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