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. O'Mally

    well.....at least the grounds inside that fence he suggests will be well taken care of....and likely increase in value faster than the surrounding area.....

    May 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  2. A Serpent's Thought

    The "cultivation" of any social construct is within the words of who any culture does follow. The clashes of cultured socialisms may never end! Life's cutivating fields need the room to expand and expound in never ending clashes;- sometimes of t.i.t.a.n.i.c proportions!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  3. Charlie

    God's probably telling this guy "Get off my side!"

    May 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  4. Alex

    Well said Pastor. The LGBT agenda is distroying this country.

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

      Illiteracy is 'distroying' this country, redneck.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • mikehipp

      what does distroying mean?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ sam

      I agree sam. Illiteracy is a destructive ignorance by which religiously illiterate folks as well as societal illiteracies are unjustifiable cultured calamaties and yet there they are!

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

      I want proof of this. I am willing to try and understand if you show proof. But I must say... ignorance and hate are destroying this country.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  5. Colin

    Christians at their naked best.......

    May 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  6. MCR

    Putting Gays behind electrified fences? That was already tried...by Hitler.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  7. Bible Clown©

    I saw his video; he's evil and so is his church. Put THEM inside an electric fence.

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

    Sometimes the ones who make the most noise like this red neck dude are want-a-be gay. He is so hateful & mean, Thinks he is judge of the universe.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      He's trying to be sure no one sees how ga y he is.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  9. CNNuthin

    We need a big Electric Fence around North Carolina so they can't get out. Feed them. And you know in a few years, they'll die out. You know why? Because they will argue over Bible Verses and kill each other off over holy wars in just a few years.

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

    Those people who say this isn't Christianity are just wishful thinking. This is a very real part of Christianity in many many communities.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      Christians are eaten alive inside with hatred for free people.

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

    The preacher's grasp of science in a little inadequate. If he had any knowledge of the laws of natural selection, he would know full well that gay men and women do not reproduce sufficiently to renew their numbers. They do not recruit either. The suggestion that they do runs counter to logic.

    Let us examine the existence of same gender attraction in terms of probability and survival of the fittest.

    First, we have a number of gays today. The number is disputed but is between 1 and 10 percent based on population figures and the number of revealed group members.

    Second, that gays have existed in numbers sufficient to be noteworthy to authors throughout recorded history is also known, as evidenced by entries in the Bible.

    Third, survival of the fittest, the laws of selection discovered by Darwin, maintain that traits evolve over time and are continued because they are beneficial to survival.

    Fourth, is it self-evident that few gays produce offspring? They are not known to do so in significant numbers and probably not sufficient to maintain a steady state percentage of the population.

    Were gays the cause of more gays, this trait would die out over time and become vanishingly small. The numbers in the current population speak strongly against this premise. Therefore, there are other mechanisms at work.

    Perhaps the answer lies somewhere in Darwin's laws where producing a number of gays in the population works to help the population at large to survive.

    Enter Malthus and his dire predictions of catastrophe based on an increasing population versus a static food supply that predicts famine over time.

    Maybe natural laws are at work that create numbers of gay offspring to work counter to population increases while producing productive members of society to its mutual betterment. We do have evidence in other species of offspring staying around to help raise the next generation, and thus to continue their own gene pool going forward.

    Some point to those throughout history who have contributed to society despite (or because?) of their being gay.

    Perhaps once more, science may reveal something not palatable to religious leaders who are very slow indeed to accept science fact, as in the days of Galileo.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  12. mklsgl

    Jesus would not have turned the other cheek with this guy.

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

    This preacher should be excommunicated soonest. I am surpirsed that the majority of the audience did not get up and walk out. But again, why do churchgoers of North Carolina put up with this or most of them people who hate.

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

      Spiritually blind leading the spiritually blind.

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

      Chuck, excommunication is an act reserved for the Catholic faith, of which this so-called pastor is not a member. Besides which, excommunication only removes you from the church (though the Catholics believe it removes you from salvation, and "un-saves" you in the eyes of God.....again, strictly a Catholic belief).

      To a Protestant, it means nothing at all. I believe what you meant is that he should lose his ordainment to his church, to which I agree whole heartedly. Jesus preached love....something this fool has evidently forgotten.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  14. Dennis

    God prefers kind atheists over unkind Christians.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      You can listen to this video and still believe in God? LOL

      May 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  15. wisdomVS

    Is there a gay KKK that I can join. I wish to help put the fear of God into religious fanatics. I can't think of a more "undercover" segment of society than gays. Preachers like that are so dumb they have no idea that most gay men are very masculine and in the closet, only about 5% are femine in nature. I even know a bunch of gay bikers that could probably rip his head off with their bare hands. Religious = ignorant.

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

      The proper Christian response would be to hold candle light prayer vigils at his church to pray for the Lord to guide him to repent of his judging of others. Jesus said, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
      This preacher lacks Christian charity and forgiveness and those deficiencies will find him out eventually.
      Perhaps his own family members may reveal themselves to be gay, or future descendants will be gay.
      We can pray for those results in order to provide him with a reason to demonstrate more charity.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  16. PJC50

    The legacy of the world's fundamentalist religious terrorists is that they have spawned copycats in many forms. It can be preaching counter-hate, or hardening and broadcasting the copycat's extremism, or take the form of intolerance and lack of compromise in politics and everyday life. This grants the terrorists an insidious victory when their violence doesn't always work.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  17. Hiram

    Is it any wonder that Christianity is the fastest-shrinking Religion in the World, when we have idiots like this Worley guy spouting such un-Christian filth ? When hearts like his and his followers are so chock-full of bigotry and hatred, there's no room for Love... which is Christ's Message.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  18. brian

    Hillarious!! I love stupid people!!! 🙂

    May 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  19. Brian

    It's TOW-MATER!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  20. tnfreethinker

    This pastor really shows his ignorance saying they will disappear. They will be born to straight couples just like they are now. Will you make these straight couples give up their gay children to your gay prison? I have a better idea. Let's put all bigots inside that electric fence and sterilize them.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
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