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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. DPatriot

    Love this , go preacher

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

      Go, preacher! Scare away the smart people.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  2. JoeB

    there's a whole lot of crazy here in NC

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

      Seriously, why is it that most of the time this type of craziness comes up in the South ? Is it a lack of education, inbreeding,
      or what ??? I am from the South and I am sooooo tried of this silliness !!!!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  3. Vinny

    Gays won't technically die out since it is a behavioral phenomenon and not a genetic or biological one. Environmental stimuli, abuse, self-esteem and parenting will determine whether new gays will emerge.

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

      WTH? LOL Are you mad? Where do you get this load of BS from?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Surviving the World

      or, as you meant to say, since it's biological in nature, more gay people will be born every day

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

      To the two dolts who replied...There is NO PROOF or any reliable studies or research that show conclusive evidence that "the gay" is a genetic trait or something that is determined before birth. None, zero, zilch. There are also no neurological differences.

      Try again.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Surviving the World

      So, since you disagree with the AMA, Doctors, and Physchologists that means there's "no evidence" The fact that some neuro sciences have figured out that LGBT people have slightly different brains means nothing?

      Oh yeah, since your hate seems to blind you so the point of not being to see evidence I guess to you that makes sense.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  4. Loren Odda

    Apparently in North Carolina it's still legal to marry your cousin – as long as it's not your gay cousin..........

    May 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  5. Mark M.

    I don't agree with Mr. Worley's opinion, but it's sickening to me how people in today's society will vilify someone for having a differing opinion.

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

      His opinion is to imprison innocent people. What is wrong with you?

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

      Hitler had a different opinion too there, chief. This guy is an animal. Pure and simple.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Brian

      My friends and family have differing opinions and we respect each other for it. This guy wants to be Hitler Jr. and that is ok with you?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Surviving the World

      Differing opinion? No, evil opinions? Yes

      He is allowed to say whatever he wants, but he also has to deal with the consequences of his words.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • LivinginVA

      I am one who tries hard not to vilify people with opposing views, however, when one vilifies and wishes death on an entire group of people, they have lost the right to be treated with any sort of respect.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • HeadacheDoc

      When the opinion is hateful, then it's okay to chastise for a difference in opinion

      May 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  6. dee1030

    This is not new, I grew up in an Assembly of God church in West Texas and our long term minister, ranted on a weekly basis against Gays/Lesbians, Mormons, members of the Church of Christ, Catholics, basically everyone who wasn't a member of that denomination.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  7. Nodack

    All religions are man made cults. This guy is just an Azz whole. I'm sure he has lots of opinions about all kinds of people and his flock relishes every word. Nobody has more hate than religious people.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  8. mageen

    He does know that straight parents can have gay and lesbian children? Right? If not, then somebody had better tell him. That would mean putting everyone behind an electrified fence, including him! Not holding my breath to see if he changes his tune based on that knowledge.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • LivinginVA

      In fact, the overwhelming majority of gay folks come from straight parents......

      May 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  9. Russ

    Could you just put a fence around Provincetown, and keep all the straights out?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  10. Colin

    Looking forward to the next time a Christian asks me "but why do you atheists oppose religion?"

    May 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • Nodack

      Because they are all man made cults.

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

      you don;t beleive in God becasue you don't want to think of being held accountable for your sinful actions. However, you will be.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • capitan

      @Omar, I hold myself responsible for my own actions. I've made poor decisions, and lived with them, and I've made good decisions, and the same. I don't need to believe in a space monster contrived by people who weren't aware of a world outside of Asia Minor, Egypt, and the rest of the Eastern Med. to A.) know right from wrong, and B.) act on it. That would make me *GASP* actually accountable for my own actions instead or referring to thin air for direction in my life...

      May 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  11. Rabbit One

    look man – this gentleman has found no power for good in the bible – instead he has found hate – so with that in mind, it appears it is of no benefit for him to keep reading – he cannot seem to understand the potential of religion for human progress – he should instead read comic books or something – but that may be way above him too

    May 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • djwazu

      True That!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  12. Samuel in the South

    Wow this is frightening. He may not realize it, but he is describing a ghetto or concentration camp. I expect this kind of rhetoric from the Klan, but in a pulpit.

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

    Keep it up, Preachers! People are turning away in droves.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • crookedarm

      The rich pastors don't care. They'll just find another other people to get rich off of. As long as there's people donating to the church, they'll wont't be any shortage of pastors willing to take it from them.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  14. downinfront

    How about we just put an electric fence around North Carolina?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • capitan

      That sure is tolerant...

      May 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Brian

      We don't need to. They like to stay within their own ignorance.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  15. Casey

    I love people like him because he makes all people who are not pro-equality look like Nazis. No one helps the cause of equality more then radical conservatives like this guy and the phelps church. I hope he keeps preaching throughout the election.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  16. Michael

    Good for north Carolina! Make a stand this is not politics God rebukes it and that's the way we will always feel. God loves the sinner but hates the sin . And this is why he sent Jesus to die on the cross.

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

      I hope to Zeus you are a troll. By Olympus!

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

      So fat ignorant scbags can spew garbage?

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

      Ever heard of that log in your eye ??

      May 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • CJ

      People that have invisible friends are stupid.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  17. Shameful

    Another false 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 1:18 pm |
    • QS

      You talk about "the end drawing near" and expect us to take your word for what Christianity is!?

      I know what it is – a cult like any other. Even those who are trying very hard to disavow this man still share his beliefs, just maybe not his extreme take on the solution!

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

      Screw you end draws ear BS. You guys keep praying the end draws near as if you can't wait.

      My brother wasn't religious and was lost and found god and turned ultra conservative. He wanted to become a pastor and loved FOX News. He hated liberals and those taking off the government. Then he said his back hurt and went on disability and collected off the government all while complaining about other people doing it. Then he got bored of all that time off from being hurt and took up motocross racing on the side. ... Exactly. You can't work but you can race motocross? He kept waiting for the end of days, which he was sure was right around the corner and he was right. He wrote a three page letter talking about Jesus right before he committed suicide thinking he was going to the kingdom of heaven. Instead he is just dead believing in a bunch of BS told by AZZ Wholes.

      You can take all religion and stuff it where the sun doesn't shine. They are all man made cults preying off people's gullibility.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  18. Rideitout

    Is he what passes for a Southern education or is he self-taught? I hope the latter. Actually, he should have been born later to take advantage of GWB's "No child left behind" program.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  19. korkea aika

    I have wonderful Muslim neighbors 3 doors down. I'd prefer them to this nice christian preacher any day.

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

      Let's be honest. There are nice mellow Muslims and nice mellow Christians and there are nice mellow Athiests. There are also radical Muslims, radical Christians and probably radical Athiests too.

      There are good cops, bad cops, good politicians and corrupt politicians. It goes that way for all people all over the world.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  20. justinstl

    Jesus was most likely a gay man! cant not prove he was not!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • korkea aika

      we'll never know. no one who wrote the new testament ever set eyes on Jesus. He had been gone 200 years before the new testament was written. 2nd hand account, at best, and more likely 20 generations in between. good luck to all who don't get that.

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

      He condemned immorality. You obvious are ignorant of scripture and Christ teachings.

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

      DJ....the point is is that none of the "scripture" that is written are words or accurate words of Christ....he was long dead before any of it was written long dead before the birth of Christianity. Morals are different for each and every individual.

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

      Jesus condemned nothing PERIOD......HE ONLY PRECHED LOVE ...NO HATE AT ALL.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • pop

      Sorry, but it say's jesus was without sin. So he was not gay, as you wish he was. But do not worry, he still loves you and will not fence you in as the pastor would like. God Bless

      May 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
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