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. dbw

    When someone puts their tube steak up his keester, he'll be preaching a different sermon. Where's Ted Haggard when you need him.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  2. patandfritz

    This is going to be used as another divide and conquer tactic to keep us all on edge. Since using women didn't work lets just turn to the gays. Why can't this country let people live their lives and worry about other more major issues like our safety?? What has happened to us?? We are so willing to fall into this stuff. The media controls us by playing these stories. If the members of his church don't like what he preaches they can fire him. If they like it they can keep it. Those who don't go along with it can leave. Why do we have to get involved in other people's lives like we do? Did God teach us in his bible that we must judge how people live and then control it?? What this pastor said is very very wrong, but it is how he feels. But he should keep it to himself. He is spreading hate and the media is happy to help spread it. I wish we could stop all this and be a caring and loving people again.

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

      Yeah, like in the loving days when people couldn't even admit they were gay and blacks were lynched. This ain't new, son.

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

      I'll take responsibly standing up to bigotry and ignorance over quiet acceptance of it any day. Just sayin.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  3. Drew

    Don't be too outraged, what you're seeing here is just another Sunday in a fundamentalist church. Crazy to the normal world, and the absolute truth to the fundy.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  4. Needz

    yes we wana get rid of un-nature acts of these people .....

    May 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  5. Bill

    How Christianity is practiced in this country is far more of a sin against God than anything two men who love each other may do in their bedroom.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  6. a pastor

    I am a Christian and a pastor and this video makes me sick...not only is it ignorant it is against everything Christ followers stand for – this is not the spirit of Jesus or His church. I am sorry, so sorry for those Christians who act and speak like this. Scripture is clear that if we don't have love we are resounding gongs or clanging cymbals (I Cor 13:1). This man is not a Christian and this does not or should not represent Christianity, not biblical Christianity.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • D

      No disrespect, but if I had a nickel for every time I read a " isn't a *real* Christian", I wouldn't need to work anymore!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • doctor neanderthal

      Yeah, how do you know YOU're the "real" Christian? That's your opinion.

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

      I'm sorry but this is very much real Christianity as it is practiced in hundreds of thousands of communities across the US.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  7. Lester Singleton


    May 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  8. doctor neanderthal

    religion makes people dumb and dumb people get angry because they don't understand stuff.

    case closed. next.

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


      May 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  9. Lara

    I'd like to build a fence around these lunatics.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  10. asdf

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


    May 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  11. littlejon12

    Ignoring his hatred, prejudice, and bigotry, did anyone else noticed he advocated building a straight line? His idea would be more effective if he built a complete shape (doesn't matter what shape but I would find a circle ironic). Even the Garden of Eden was enclosed.

    But I suppose since shapes are used in science, he isn't familiar with them.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  12. Please!

    Concentration camps in the US! Excellent idea! Why bother putting starving us – it would be simpler to just put us in the gas chamber and get it over with!

    Can I get an Amen?!

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

      Lol if you said that in a southern church, you could.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  13. ronindavid

    And this is why I'll never be religious. I like to live a life filled with as much joy, acceptance of other people and cultures (as long as they respect mine, too), rationality, hope, and not kill, torture, enslave, and molest other people. You don't get much of any of this from religion.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  14. j. williamson

    This has "closet case" written all over it.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  15. Joshua


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

    Christian evangelical right is the western version of islamic extremists. The world would be better off without either one of them.

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

      absolutely true.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  17. D

    This message of tolerance, acceptance and love brought to you by: Organized Religion : Get your bigotry while it's hot!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  18. terry

    Calling on Southern Baptist Convention – where are you ?? !!!!! Time to do something about this nut and this "church."

    May 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  19. Jacque

    What a bigoted, hateful person. If this is what being a Christian is all about, I want no part of it!

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

      Like you ever did.

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

      If you think he's bad.............they should post some of the crap from the pulpits of black ministers on this same subject.....

      These so call christian leaders are complete nut cases and what's even more disturbing, masses of people follow them..!

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

      This guy has to be a republican, there is no other explanation.

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

      CNN will search the world for extremist christians, spin the story and tout it as an example what christians are really like. Why do they hate christians and try so hard to make us something we are not? Well, we're not like this and this would never happen at my church!!!!

      Let me summarize a story at my church CNN style,
      Local church bags 3 tons of sweet potatoes donated by redneck farmers, in effort to win more republican votes from hungry locals.

      And besides, is this really a headline story? Really.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  20. dave

    Genocide worked for leprosy.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
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