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. eell

    The more hateful he gets, the more it makes one wonder what he's hiding in HIS closet. I'll bet it would be interesting.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Steve from Wisconsin

      You are exactly right.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  2. trish

    This idiot just planted a HUGE bullseye on his back!! The balls TO JUDGE!!

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

    What a piece of work, he should be locked away from all people!!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  4. Robert Boohi

    Peace and love peace and love; It's the Christian way

    May 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • MK

      Until all christians stop calling a gay person a sinner and being gay a sin, there will be no 'peace and love'.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  5. Ben

    Anyone can reproduce, imbecile. Doesn't mean the act will necessarily be enjoyable, but hey. It's still possible. And frankly, that would probably be a community of more tolerant people, now wouldn't it?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  6. Nicholas in Toronto

    is this man even a little bit familiar with the Bible. It sounds as if instead of asking "What would Jesus do?" he asked himself "What would Hitler do?" and found that answer more to his liking. Since his speech was political, in that he talked about who to vote for in 2012 the IRS should revoke his church's tax exemption. Where are all the so called Christian leaders in speaking out against this outrageous misuse of the teachings of Christ.
    I suppose next we will have Tony Perkins on CNN telling us why this Pastor isnt a bigot, merely misunderstood. I never understand why CNN has members of named Hate Groups on to defend their positions. Do you invite the KKK on to talk about Blacks in America? It is time for CNN to rethink their position on giving these haters more air time to spew their venom.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • Steve from Wisconsin

      NIcholas, great post! "What would Hitler do" that is awesome. Also the point on CNN bringing in the "other side," you nailed it.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Steve Shirey

      I don't normally post, but I wanted to thank you Nicholas for bringing forth the obvious-where are the "Christian Leaders" who should denounce such ignorance and where is the IRS? This church needs to be put out of business! If they hate gays this much, what do they say about other groups of people??

      May 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

      @ Nicholas in Toronto
      They have had KKK members on CNN actually and members from the new Black Panther party. Hearing both sides is not a negative thing. In fact it’s what is called fair and balanced.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  7. Troy

    Sadly this is why we have not attended church for years as a family. The bigotry we have encountered has been so appaling that we felt it best to keep our beliefs inside of our home and do our best to impart our beliefs to our children so that as they grow they can make their own decisions. It never failed, every church we tried had a group, albeit small, that was so convinced that it was their way and no room for reason. Very sad how organized religion is tearing itself apart from the inside and blaming those that don't necessarily agree with their positions. This spans Christianity, Judaism, the Muslim religion, etc..
    My belief, God will be appalled at what people such as this person have done to promote their hate in his name

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

      i hear you. funny, if you look at some of the beliefs of these extreme fundamentalist and the taliban you quickly realize they have a lot more in common than not.....

      May 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  8. laeinstein

    Light travels much faster than the speed of sound- That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak

    May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  9. ricky

    this guy is a genocidal maniac just like Hitler and those other monsters. He should be defrocked for spewing this hate that will encourage violence.

    This just proves that conservatives are all about hate and violence.

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

      "Proves, eh?" That's like saying all liberals are murderers because one of them is. This doesn't prove anything about conservatives.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

      Proves was indeed the wrong word. However it is reasonable to say ‘another example of’ a conservative spewing hate and encouraging violence. There are exceptions of course. If you disapprove of the stereotype then take it up with your fellow conservatives. Only by changing your ways will you change the prescription.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  10. Steve from Wisconsin

    Clearly the Christian Church has become a political tool for the GOP when the Priest tells everyone who to vote for while villifying the Obama. Tax them.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Nicholas in Toronto

      Exactly, the IRS should be removing tax exemptions from all churches where the Pastor or Priest or Bishop or Cardinal uses the pulpit to talk politics.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  11. Mikey Vegas

    Oh no, Christianity has been hijacked!!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Steve from Wisconsin

      Yep, the are bought and paid for by the GOP in return for all their votes.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  12. Brad

    II am Christian and find this video appalling and do not agree with what he is saying. What is just as sick as this man is the fact that CNN would throw this on the front page and incite rage from both sides. One idiot Christian says something as dumb as this, and it's a front page story??

    May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • D

      There seems to be a pattern of "once idiot Christians" sometimes. Just sayin

      May 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • sam stone

      brad: When folks are using this pastor's tirades to vote against equal rights, it should be on the front page

      May 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Big Jilm

      It's not just "one" christian -it's a community leader and pastor of a congregation who is pushing an unsavory political message (while not being taxed) and pushing these horrible ideas onto children and other members of the community. It's one thing if some lone person says something on the street, but this is pastor!!!!!!!!!!

      If you don't want this guy to represent you, better police your own and not choose guys like this as a representative.

      And the GOP was foaming at the mouth over Rev. Wright's stupid comments yet this guy will get a free pass.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • scotty501

      "One Christian'?????? This guy is a leader and so is the other minister in the story. Christians say this stuff all the time

      May 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  13. terry

    Here's a solution to this nut - everyone in that area who knows what a nut this guy and his follow "church" members are should join that "church" become the majority and boot the nut out.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  14. John

    I guess in a week we'll see the video of him blowing a guy in a bathroom. North Carolina=Hell so let them have him.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  15. Patrick

    Ok, so we can mark that down as a no vote for Obama.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  16. myweightinwords

    So...where do all of the gays and lesbians come from? Is he telling us that only gay parents have gay children? If that were the case, the population would cease to have gays and lesbians very quickly, since, as he said, they can not reproduce with their chosen partners.

    Or maybe he's implying that all of the gay children come from gays and lesbians seducing straights to have babies with? I'm a little confused about his notion of biology.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • D

      Protip: he doesn't understand biology at all.
      That may help you decipher his idiocy.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Jerkamuffin

      I was thinking the same thing! Thanks for your comment!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Bob

      They come from untreated mental health issues.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
      • myweightinwords

        Bob, most of the gay folk I know are far more healthy mentally than this guy appears to be.

        In fact, once they accept that they are who they are because they were born that way, and that they are not sick or perverted or unworthy of being loved, they mostly turn out to be fine.

        And not a one of the hundreds of gay and lesbian friends I have comes from gay parents that I am aware of. All of them have straight parents.

        So...that tells me that this man's asinine solution wouldn't actually do what he thinks it would.

        May 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • myweightinwords

      @D...ah...thanks, that helps immensely. LOL.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  17. Ala

    This is CLEARLY hate speech! Christian my butt!!!!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

      Just because it’s hate that doesn’t mean it isn’t Christian. Read the bible..

      May 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  18. William

    Thank You "Pastor" for giving me so much power. What makes you think we will go away. You use things everyday that a gay person may have invented or designed. Too bad you have an influence on stupid people.. Stupid is what stupid does!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  19. theresa tibado

    I have been taught to love the sinner not the sin. We are all sinners I might not agree on what you do but I have no right to judge you, remember Judge yea not and you shall not be judged. These pastors who judge others will be judged by the good Lord in the same matter they judge gods people. God loves us all he is our creator so love him too. 🙂

    May 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Mike T

      Exactly. "Judge not that ye be not judged". "Judgment is not mine, but God's". We are to love our fellow man, regardless of what he does in this life. We must leave the judgement up to Him who's judgment it is. 🙂

      May 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  20. Socrates

    Okay, let's be objective on this matter. I don't know any religion that support guys and lesbians or understand them. Muslims think the same way as this "compassionate religious man". Black ministers are no better, they are completely screwed up. What this all religion way of thinking are telling us. Very simple answer, religious people are in need of a psychiatrist urgently. It doesn't matter what religion you belong, you are just in big trouble...mentally.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Leif


      May 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • theresa tibado

      which came first the chicken or the egg? 🙂 Did you ever think about how you were created besides from you mother and father. There is a GOD. I will pray you will find him one day. Have a good one:)

      May 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • myweightinwords

      Most Pagan religions support and understand LGBT folk. Many ancient cultures, and their religions, had a place in them for some version of a third *gender*.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Ala

      SOC..... Not ALL black, muslim or religious people are screwed up...but many are. Ya might want to be careful with the blanket statements. And trust me...I don't like the politics from the pulpit any better than you do. But not ALL.....

      May 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • sam stone

      theresa: how do you make the logical leap from a creator to a god?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
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