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. clinky

    The Providence Road Baptist Church needs to dump this guy immediately–this week. And they need to issue a public apology for their pastor spewing Nazi solutions.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  2. SlaveWorld

    Christianity will be the downfall of the white man. Sons of the Nords were forced to convert to this weak, spineless religion that supports and apologist agenda, pacifism, and martyrdom AND whose God is nailed to a cross all while turning the other cheek. Pathetic that we haven't stamped out this plague in the 21st century.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  3. COGowan

    I don't know, Gaddy. Sounds like typical Christian hate to me.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  4. Lviv

    Can we get a list of people who go to that church every Sunday? Because they are no better if they continue going.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  5. goingfast

    juST ASK THIS MORONS WIFE WHAT KIND OF GUY HE IS. He will truly become a back door putz.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  6. Dante6


    May 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Susan

      I disagree. Aren't pastors supposed to preach tolerance and "love thy neighbor" and crap? Aren't there other extremists who preach hate? What ever happened to them... oh yeah.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • clinky

      No, IN his butt, so he can get a little gay sensitivity.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  7. skytag

    Any adult with an imaginary friend is a menace to society.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  8. Ashley Barnett Smith

    This man don't have a place in church or any pulpit.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  9. ain't worth it

    This freak knew what he was doing. He craves this kind of attention and knows that it will cause those who are as bigoted as him to give his church more money. It will all come crashing down when this pervert is caught testing out the boys of his congregation. God has a funny sense of humor when it comes to perverts like this dude.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Dante6


      May 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  10. clinky

    If Pastor Worley really loves gays and lesbians like he says, he'll offer to fence himself in with them, so he can "instruct" the Bible to them. That's the only logically consistent path he can take.

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

    Elmer Fudd could put together a better sermon.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • korkea aika

      Elmer Fudd is a cartoon. This guy is for real, speaking to children in his congregation, and preaching hate. I don't get the connection with Elmer Fudd

      May 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • kjrussell

      As much as Elmer hates Wabbits, it would just be a different kind of hate.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  12. korkea aika

    I rather blame the congregation that employs this guy to feed them this junk. He's just the mouthpiece. They are all co-conspiritors in hate.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  13. JC

    I'm embarrassed to say I'm a North Carolinian

    May 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • korkea aika

      Don't be. You have a beautiful state. But obviously, there is some work to do.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  14. Ashley Barnett Smith

    This man should be the one electrecuted. Talking about violating the teachings of Christianity.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  15. Sometimes It's Better

    To keep your mouth shut that to let the entire world know you're an idiot. A man of God, my ass.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  16. dowdotica

    I' i'n again it, then you bet' be again it! hillbilly, nit wit hypocrit. huna dolla say he be one 'dem closet dwellers. get me meenin'. tink i gonna mo' to norf caalinaa so's i can be like 'dem!! some one please build an electric fence and lets put people like this behind it!!!! man what a putz!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • DPGW

      GET ER DONE!!!!!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  17. DPGW

    "I"m a christian. My religion is all about tolerance and love. Now for your viewing pleasure...."

    May 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  18. jimbo, st. louis mo

    I too call on REAL Christians to denounce this preachers words. I'm an atheist because I know no amount of fear mongering or prayer does any good and is just a waste of time.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Omar

      your knees will soon smite eachother in the presence of the Creator

      May 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • ain't worth it

      Omar... is is your knees that will smite together and then rot to dust along with the rest of your dead body, and then there is nothing... NOTHING!!!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "your knees will soon smite eachother in the presence of the Creator"

      Scary...where'd you learn that? From your bronze aged book written by fallible humans, or did you hear it from your semi-gay paster who likes touching 10 year old boys?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  19. Fruitcake

    Ah, Christianity...the religion of peace and love. Oh, wait–that is Islam!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  20. Garry

    Shameful display of of hatred and ignorance...but it would appear that North Carolina has taken the front seat now on stupidity/ignorance and bigotry. And Mr Worley, what the hell is I am agin this and I am agin that...speak ENGLISH you frigging backwoods MORON.
    May God strike you in your pea brain and give you some sense...but I doubt that will ever happen....North Carolina is a disgrace!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • JC

      Although I'm ashamed by the pastor's words, I also take offense by your generalization of NC. Idiots like this exist everywhere.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Garry

      JC...I agree...but it would appear that NC has a lot more than other states.....Helms is a great example

      May 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
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