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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. David

    Maybe we should build a giant electric fence around North Carolina...

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

      Could we use it to keep the Qu e e rs out?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • jann

      I love this idea BUT remember, there are some rational beings in NC.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Cathy

      What just a minute! I was born, raised and live in NC. Not all the good folks of North Carolina are like this ignorant moron! And trust me, there are just as many backwards folks in all the other states!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • jann

      My reply was regarding an electric fence around NC and directed at David's comment.

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

      I'd prefer to put up an electric fence and put all the ignorant bigots that spew this crap inside it!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • David M

      I live in Massachusettes and can find bigots and idiots here as well. Fence building will not fix anything. In fact, tearing down fences would be a better way to go.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  2. STEM

    How many people have been killed in the name of a god? Science Reason and Secular Values! Instead of sending my children to CCD like i was forced to, i send them to tutors for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Teach them something that they can use to make a difference in the world! This man is the begining of a tyrant.

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

      You're right. There have not been that many murders in the name of secularism/humanism/atheism. You were purposefully not counting Stalin (40 million+), Hitler (11 million + all those who died in the war trying to stop him), Mao Zedong (20-25 million +) right?

      Bad people are bad people regardless of whatever worldview they "CLAIM" to uphold. God is the only One Who is Good and those He draws to Himself will be like Him.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  3. Ian Weber

    I'm speechless ... and this man professes to be a leader in a community. I pity the congregation

    May 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • David M

      Unless they kick him out, I have no pity for them. Otherwise, they are no better than he.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  4. A. Ahriman

    Christ, in whose name this sermon is being given, spoke of forgiving sinners and respecting everyone. This arrogant speech does not represent Christ or his compassion. Do you think this smug and fat pastor will die willingly on a cross when he cannot live his life without blaming someone?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  5. terry

    Just wonder how many people this nut has caused to turn away from Christianity while he does his peacher job as the "good" people of that "church" pay his salary.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  6. David M

    Wonder why he left out all the rapists, murderers, child abusers, and robber? He also left out all the bigots. Oh wait. He does not think he needs to be put behind a fence.

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

      Bigot isnt a crime against nature.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • David M

      You're right Dave....bigot is not a crime against nature. But it is a sin against God.

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

    Not that there is a great need to point out just how ignorant this man is – -but come on!

    "And you know in a few years, they'll die out. You know why? They can't reproduce."

    Ah Einstein – under that theory, who "produced" them?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Surviving the World

      He's clearly never seen the movie Jurassic Park, "Nature always finds a way"

      May 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  8. RunMonkeyMama

    Absolutly disgusting. There's a word for what he's preaching: genocide.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  9. dave

    I would attend this church.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • John Jacobson

      To do what? Change him? Agree to his genocidal ideas?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  10. Steven Johnson

    And this man is one of the reason we have a separation of church and state.....

    May 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • David M

      Actually, we have seperation of church and state to prevent congress from establishing a 'national church' such as the Anglican church in England. That's one of the reasons people came here. But since Congress can't establish anything except their on self-importance, I guess there's no danger of them establishing a church.

      But I understand your point.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  11. Andrew

    These are the people Republicans pander to for votes.

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

      True. Scary. *shudder*

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

    What an idiot. He is no Christian...he is looking for attention and I hope he goes to hell.

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

      Sounds like you are full of love yourself.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  13. god

    this guy does not speak for me, and he doesnt have a place up here when he dies.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  14. tryclyde

    Hilarious how these "followers" of Jesus say the complete opposite of what Jesus himself would have said.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • David M

      Interesting observation. As a Christian, I have been saying that for a long time. Jesus said we are to stand up for the oppressed, but I don't see that happening so much these days. People outside the church understand more about what Christ taught than people inside the church. This guy is a living example of that. Don't let him color your thinking of all Christians.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  15. bigfoot

    In a few years, you will also die out. Good riddance.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  16. NorthStar

    What are the chances this pastor is a closet gay himself or a pedophile or adulterer? 'Bout 95%. Preacher, heal thyself.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  17. Freedom

    I'm not religious, but I have read the Bible - this guy caused me to locate my Bible to find a message which I believe was written just for Pastor Charles L Worley:

    Proverbs 6:16 "There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers."

    Dude, you and whole lot of other religious people are in big trouble if that religion of yours is true!!!!!!

    You really ought to apply the Bible to YOUR life and leave the rest of us alone!

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

      Nice. Lol

      May 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  18. wheresmarcus

    one word comes to mind when I hear such hatred as this... Holocaust.

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

      The word that came to mind when I heard him was "moron"

      May 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  19. Joe Holt

    Not a man of God–an instrument of the Devil. Preacher of hate and not love. In short, an evil person.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  20. jp

    this pastor is the only one who's gonna need saving LOL!!!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
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