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. Rideitout

    Is there a cover charge at the door? This guy is funnier than Chris Rock. Nobody butchers language better than this guy!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • sam

      He aginnit!!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  2. Xians keep telling us...

    The Xians keep telling us that these are the exceptions... that these haters are not them. And yet... it is a majority of what I hear. "God is love"? Hardly. God is hate.

    “Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.” -Weinberg.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  3. jr

    Truly shameful. . .as a dedicated Christian I am speechless at lack of intellectual honesty or spiritual maturity that is represented by this minister. I can only hope that people realize that he does not represent the majority of Christians any more than suicide bombers represent Muslims.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  4. avoiceinmyhead

    Calling somone a Nazi for voicing an opinion is usually over the top, but not in this case. This guy is a Nazi!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • DC Observer


      May 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • I don't think this one is an idiot

      It looks like a carefully considered opinion.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  5. Mike in SA

    For his follow up sermons, maybe he'll start on some more "abominations" written by man and put into the Bible:
    •Unclean things (Lev. 7:21), Customs of pagans (Lev. 18:30), •Idols (2 Chr. 15:8; 1 Pet. 4:3), •Sins of men (Ps. 14:1; 53:1)
    •Cheating (Mic. 6:10), •Lost souls (Rev. 21:8), , A froward man (perverse; one who turns aside (Pro. 3:32; 11:20), •A proud look (Pro. 6:16-17), •A lying tongue (Pro. 6:17; 12:22), •Hands that shed innocent blood ((Pro. 6:17), •A wicked scheming heart (Pro. 6:18), •Feet that are quick to sin (Pro. 6:18,), •A false witness that speaks lies (Pro. 6:19), •A sower of discord (Pro. 6:19), •Wickedness (Pro. 8:7), •A false balance or scale (Pro. 11:1)

    The list is pretty long if you look at all of the "laws" passed by men who allude them to God, when God only wrote 10.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  6. joshua

    see dr owour a prophet among us read deuteronomy 18 and st. lukes 16 to confirm

    May 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  7. DC Observer

    Tho I walk through the valley death, I shall fear no evil .... well, maybe except for that big gay guy over there hiding behind the tree

    May 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • sam

      I see you're here to douche the place up again...

      May 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  8. Greg

    Doesn't the Bible say something to the effect of " Judge not lest you be judged" ? Why do these idiots feel the need to force their superstions on people and persecute people like the Nazi's?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • DC Observer

      why the references to NAZIs" I would call him the White Al Sharpton

      May 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • db

      I know you're a troll, DCObserver, and I am wasting my breath, but please provide me with ONE quote from Al Sharpton in which he has advocated physical violence of any kind. I am not a huge fan of Sharpton, but I can't think of one single instance when he spoke in support of killing anyone to further his agenda.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  9. schnoodledo

    I have an idea. How about we "Build a great big, large fence – 50 or a 100 miles long – and put all the" narrow minded, self-proclaimed "religious" bigots and their sheep (followers) inside; separating the men from the women "and have that fence electrified so they can't get out" or reproduce. The only problem is "I couldn't get it past the Congress"

    May 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  10. Dante6


    May 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  11. Bones

    Terrible to see such ignorance and hate...two things I'm agin.
    Horrible reality is this kind of rhetoric will convince half this country to vote against President Obama.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  12. Shawn

    Hmmmm....Nothing on the NC teacher that can barely speak English telling the kids that they can not talk negatively about Obama or they could be arrested. Oh wait, this is CNN....My bad:)

    May 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • yes. you are bad.

      false false false.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • James PDX

      Feel free to post a link. However, I'm not surprised that NC would hire a teacher who can't read or write. Too much nepotism in the system born from too much incest. But then, incest is God's way of populating the planet as Noah and his family can readily attest to.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Bones

      I'm sure you and this man would see eye to eye on many issues.
      God help you both.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • db

      Actually Shawn, that sounds like a really great right-winger to me. Make children believe that dissent is punishable by arrest so that they will hate the President and distrust the government.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  13. Samuel

    I hate gays

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

      We hate you too.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • James PDX

      You're a pretty boring and bland individual. Completely unoriginal. And to think, this pastor wants people to make more like you.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  14. Michelle

    I feel so sorry for people like this, imagine being so full of hate on a regular basis? How miserable must he be?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • DC Observer

      Gee I don't know how miserable they are, or even if they are miserable why not ask Jesse jackson Al Sharpton and Spike Lee - they hold all the hate against whites and latinos

      May 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Drew

      Ah, DC Observer, also known as "Troll Man" makes his daily appearance.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  15. kpete

    This is the exact mentality the Nazi's had about the Jews. Lock them up, they'll all die out eventually. This makes me absolutely SICK and this man is NO Christian. The God of the New Testament preaches tolerance and love. Not hate like this man seems to think.

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

      The Nazis considered themselves Christians, too. And the Vatican went right along with them. Like it or not religion enables and tolerates this kind of crap.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  16. PraiseTheLard

    And people sneer at Muslims who call Islam a "Religion of Peace"... All religions are frauds...

    May 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  17. Alex Trebek

    Alex: Pastor Worley, please spell "against it."
    Pastor: "Again'it."
    Alex: Wrong again sir.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  18. Becky

    Omg! I can't take it! It's idiots like this that darken and destroy Chrisianity. The HATE on both sides has got to stop. It's up to God to judge not us! It's preachers like this that keep me out of church.

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

      Which "god" did you have in mind? There have been so many...

      May 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
  19. E in NY

    Aaaugh! This guy is nuts.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  20. joshua

    see dr owour a prophet among us. read deuteronomy 18 and st. lukes 16 to confirm.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
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