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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. jim

    I thought the christian's duty was to resist evil, not try to eliminate it.

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

      I thought we were to be Christ like. Christ rebuked sin.

      We do not have the right to to chose if someone dies if the scriptures do not say so and we do not have the right to incarcerate anyone for their sins. But we are charged to be Christ like and that includes rebuking sin.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  2. jo jo

    Ahhh!!! Nothing like faith based stupidity ! The trouble is, I bet most of his congregation agrees with him.

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

      What do you want to bet that most of those in this church are perfectly fine with Newt Gingrich's repeated marital infidelities? He is very popular among southern fundamentalists. These are the worst types of hypocrites, choosing whatever from the Bible seems to fit with their personal prejudices & hatreds, and ignoring everything else. Shopping cart religion is what it is....

      May 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  3. Reg Bird

    I areeg,please build a fence aroung me

    May 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  4. Cynthia W.

    North Carolina's shame! Backward yahoos.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  5. Samuel

    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 or violence

    May 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • James PDX

      Yes, because Christians and Jews have never clashed throughout history. Besides, God prefers the Jews. Only a bad father plays favorites with his children.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • jim

      According the the jews, it's the christians that have been persecuting them for centuries.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • geb1

      Say what? Shame Shame on U.l.l.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • jim

      You misspelled your name, Samael!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • JJC

      Your in luck! There is a support group for people who feel like you do. Its called the K-K-K. But then again, you seem to be ok with jewish people so the K-K-K might want you dead as well. Hmmmm, too bad everyone in the world is not exactly the same bigoted that you are. Maybe you can start your own group. It will help the rest of us marginalize you easier.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Jesus Christ

      What are you talking about. I see you're another resident of La La Land. I dont know if you realize but your magic jesus is a jew. No not christian – jew. And Jews are god's chosen people, not christians. So I know you think that you're invited to the party but you are not.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  6. wabob62

    I used to go to the outer banks on vacations I will not spend a dime in that state nor any of those bible states. I' am not gay but I beleave in rights for all, he is a HITLER with a twang he should be greeted with Y'ALL HITLER. I've read the bible and I expected to find love and compassion and more about Jesus. Butt I found more quotes from others who made them the last word on their one sided view, they seem to want to put fear and hate in people. I used to attend a non affiated christian church and when the pastor came to my house and wanted to know why I stopped attending ,before I can say a word he tells me are you mad at God so here we go acussed without saying a word, and he asked me if I wanted therapy I found that real funny and told him it is the people who preach in Gods name who i'am mad at. I politely told him to get off my front step and never come to my house again. I've heard time and again from others that is their famous line to put you back in the fold. Pastor Worley is the one in need of therapy with his sick hatefull mind. I'am free of organised religion and I feel good about it I still love God and he sent a wonderfull messinger in Jesus.

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

      Very Nice.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Shane

      WOW! Very well said. Finally someone on here with some sense, dignity, and compassion for others! Bravo to you!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  7. chipndale

    This is more mainstream than you think. It is sickening.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  8. mack

    Just another Christ less conservative who has trashed his What would Jesus do bracelet.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  9. Denise

    The pastor is a despicable human being and an example of much that is wrong with religion, and particularly of the hate that Christian doctrine encourages.

    ~

    May 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  10. arose4yu

    grew up catholic..but have attended non-denominational churches up to date..I've never heard this vile speech from any of the preachers on the pulpit. ...Priests or otherwise.....do not lump all people of Christian faith with this hateful person or Rev. Wright.....Live in San Diego, Pastor Miles McPherson of the very large Rock Church here is one of the most positive and inspirational pastors I've every had the pleasure of hearing....none of them would condone this behavior.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  11. Not me...

    I am going to build a fence and electrify it... and keep everyone like this pastor away from me. I can afford to do it, and I am not far from putting my plan into action. People like him should be put in prison for inciting others in the wrong direction.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  12. Shane

    This absolutely makes me sick. Figures he is from North Carolina too. Really pathetic and makes me happier that I don't live in a state that holds hatred and bigotry to a higher standard than the equal treatment of all human beings based on a faith (belief without evidence). I also find it interesting that some of the same Christians that were speaking out against gays in previous articles are now condemning this man. So what side of the fence do you stand on then? Why is it okay for some Christians to speak up against gays and say some very cruel and hurtful things then turn around and act like anything they were saying wasn't wrong just as this man is. Get a grip people. TREAT EVERYONE EQUALLY AS YOUR BROTHER AND SISTER. Does allowing gays to get married REALLY affect your life in any way? Absolutely not! SO GET OVER IT AND LET'S FOCUS ON THE REAL ISSUES WE ARE FACING (i.e. the economy.... remember that?).

    May 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  13. solowd

    Can we include Christians in the War on Terrorism?

    I'd love to see a few of these terrorist churches get droned.

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

      Pretty apt remark.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  14. Jesus Christ

    I don't understand why these Christians are calling this guy hutjob, extremist, etc. This is what your religion teaches or the result of its teachings.

    When it comes to your religion there is no grey area. You are either a member of the religion wholely or not at all – a hypocrite, or misinformed. I am not Muslim but read the koran and I understand the taliban's position. If I was Muslim I cannot claim to base my life based on the Magic Book's truths and everything in the magic book to be true and from the magic god, and yet be selective in what I live by – that would make me, as I said, a hypocrite and not a Muslim. Similarly with Christianity. Therefore he is merely teaching the truths of his religion.

    If you don't like the truths of the religion, then maybe its not for you. I cannot claim to be christian because I like all the gifts I get round Christmas, but don't keep the Sabbath because I dont feel like it – if I can pick and choose then I am not christian.

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

      No the bible doen't teach us this. If you only read parts of it yes that is what it says. But you must read the bible as a whole to get the message. Can't pick and choose

      May 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • arose4yu

      you have no idea what you are talking about..this is NOT what Christianity is about....just like politics, it is the people within that group that are responsible...churches are made of people...and if certain people interpret ideas differently, then this is what you get....not everyone is like this..and unfortunately, these type of people are the ones that the media likes to show.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Jesus Christ

      By the way, just incase my position is in question, no, I don't sit around all day making life decisions to gain favors from the bearded man that sits on clouds and perform tricks all day.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  15. Meg

    The moron forgot something - gay people aren't (usually) born of other gay people, they're born of straight people. Nice job, genius.

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

      lol, that was my thought exactly. This guy is borderline retarded.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  16. Denise

    The pastor is a despicable human being and an example of much that is wrong with religion, and particularly of the hate that Christian doctrine encourages.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  17. statman29

    He's probably Dahrun Ravi's lover.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  18. Sirned

    Fox says there's a war on Religion... I think Religion has waged war on everyone except crazy Republcan Christians...

    May 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  19. olga79

    This reminds me of the holocaust.

    Let this pastor & people who hate gays who are "without" sin cast the first stone.

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

      So are you saying that being gay is a sin?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Shane

      I don't think olga is saying that. I think olga is saying that Christians believe that they are without sin and that gays are sinners should cast the first stone because they will also be the first ones to fall.

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

      I know what olga is saying.

      He/she is saying that gays are sinners. And that Christians are also sinners and have no right to cast the stones at other sinners.

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

      I disagree but that's okay. That is what makes us human, we have the opportunity to disagree but be accepting of the fact that someone else has a different opinion. I don't think olga meant anything by that comment except to say that Christians need to come back to reality if they think that they are not sinners themselves and to stop trying to act holier than thou.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  20. Rodney McNeely

    Stop apologizing for your barbaric deity. The fundamentalists have read the books – and they're RIGHT about them.

    As long as grown adults insist on having imaginary friends, this is the kind of crap we have to look forward to.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
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