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. lila

    holier than thou... what a schmuck!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Karen

      The voters of North Carolina will have gay children and grandchildren who will have to live with the policies that their discriminatory parents and grandparents have put in place. If you voted against gay marriage then you are anti-gay. Let that sink in.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  2. Colin

    The CCC (Common Christian Cause) replacing the KKK in the South.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  3. GIUK

    Speaking about not being able to have babies, I bet Pastor Worley's mother is wishing she had been born a lesbian right about now.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  4. Ryan

    What the hell does "againit" mean?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • DinDC

      One can only assume this idiot means "against it." Too much in-breeding has resulted in his inability to learn the English language.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  5. Dl

    Pastor Worley: may your grandson be born gay & as you reject him – have a broken heart for the rest of your days.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  6. FOliberal

    I shudder to think of what would happen to the Fashion Industry, or the Wedding Planner trade if this preacher got his way

    May 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Nicholas in Toronto

      Ever been to Amish country or seen Little House on the Prairie?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  7. Bill

    If this man is a Christain then I want NO part of it.

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

      Being swayed by an idiot, makes you one.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • David

      Is anyone ever surprised at the idiocy that comes out of North Carolina on a regular basis? North Carolinian Christians all share the sentiments of this preacher. The collectively told the gay community such with their anti-gay votes two weeks ago. This language is nothing new. I've been hearing this language from Baptist preachers since I was 14 years old and discovered that I was gay in 1978. As a 14 year old, I did not know that there was anyone else on the planet that was gay. I thought that I was the only one. And when the gay rantings began, I always thought that they were directed toward me and me alone. We were very sheltered in a small town of 600 people. I was never so happy to escape that place when I turned 18. I've never been back.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "Being swayed by an idiot, makes you one"

      Must mean the 2.1Billion Christians are idiots as well.

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

      I don't think judging an entire religion which has existed over 2,000 years and has had billions of adherents on the ramblings of a controversial pastor is too smart. Also, as usual, it's to see posters writing ignorant posts about Christianity (in general, not the original poster). If you are going to attack something as important as one's religion, at least read and study the Bible (there are scholars who have studied the Bible their whole lives who still admit not to understanding it, so I doubt an introductory religion class taught by a biased professor or taking the Bible to be a literal text without any metaphors or complexity is enough to be seen as knowledgeable).

      May 23, 2012 at 1:43 am |
  8. DinDC

    Hatred.....I am againit! Love everyone, hate no one.

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


      May 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  9. gad

    Hitler approves of your solution.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • jsmith89

      And so do tons of idiots who believe 1500 year old fairy tales.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • terry

      I dare say Hitler may be a member of that "church" !!!!!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  10. korkea aika

    Human nature is what it is. Before or after Jesus.

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

      Yes, but religion allows people a *special* license to do and say CRAZY stuff (and very violent stuff, too)

      May 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  11. Frank

    Haha.. Well Reverend Idiot, I'm a straight sperm donor for a lesbian couple and I think that any moron that thinks that gays can't reproduce should be put in the concentration camp of their own invention. How does it feel when the Internet selects a fomenter of hate and stupidity and spray more hate back at you than you can deal with? Enjoy your new unlisted number.

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

      Well said.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Mike T

      Any moron that believes that having a sperm donor IS a gay couple reproducing should be thrown in there with him lol! I hate to break it to you Frank, but YOU and that lesbian woman just reproduced... The other woman DID NOT haha. That baby will be 50% YOU and 50% of that woman...

      May 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  12. ManWithThe1000PoundBrain

    The idea that it's about relgious beliefs is total b.s. If it were, then they would not be able to ignore the scores of other statements in scriptures that do in fact get totally ingored... like how pork is unclean (better not touch that football–and btw, put down that bacon cheeseburger) or that you have to kill children that swear at their parents; or that anyone that gets divorced and remarried is committing adultry... and on, and on and on. No, it's not about religion. It's because they think gay people are "icky" and using religion is just an excuse.

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

      Well put. The hypocrisy of these people is astounding. No fault divorce–which no small number of pastors, reverends and ministers have used and benefited from–sailed through with nary a protest, even though it is clearly contrary to the express injunctions of Jesus himself. But LGBT call for comments from the Goebbels handbook, based on codes that are inconsistently applied by those who profess them, and based on a text that in the original Hebrew is ambiguous as to its meaning.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  13. cham

    I am willing to bet a million dollars that this "preacher" has gay tendencies.

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

      I'd double your bet, if I were you.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • ManWithThe1000PoundBrain

      Yes, and the term for that is "reaction formation." When the little boy had a crush and the girl and pulls her pig tails and calls her names-she thinks she hates him and seems to act like he actually does hate her–but he doesn't, he has a crush on her. Or when someone cannot accept being gay and so acts like they are against it and screams out against it at the top of their lungs to try and fool everyone one and hide from the truth.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  14. JayT

    Would rather do that with ALL fundamentalists. Nothing good comes from fundamentalism of any ilk.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  15. Visara

    I'm against gay marriage as well, but this inbred redneck takes it way too far. Electrified fences? Seriously?

    Sounds more like a KKK rant than a sermon.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  16. korkea aika

    If "Jesus" is your highest Self, then this guy's Jesus is broken.

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

      Good one

      May 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  17. Rich

    Some of the most hateful, fearful poeople I've ever met have been hard-core Christians. They are also some of the biggest hipocrites.

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

      You said it and it is so very true.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • FOliberal

      I would say, That you haven't travelled much. I've had to sit across the table with some, as you say Hard Core Muslims who openly say that "girls are for breeding, little boys are for pleasure". Let this redneck be an idiot all by himself. He is his own worst enemy.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  18. Melissa

    Jesus was not about killing or violence. This preacher was way out of order advocating violence and hurting people. People like him are who give Christians a bad name. The lord is about love and we are not to judge people.

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

      Human nature is what it is, before and after Jesus.

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

      When you call a gay person a sinner, that's judgement.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • john

      We make judgments concerning people all the time. Also a person's claims to be affiliated with a certain religion shouldn't mean much, especially if he or she does not follow the religion's principles (your personal preferences don't count)

      May 23, 2012 at 2:07 am |
  19. luigim

    This is a vicious and low-life redneck Pastor. I see that some of the readers are condemning North Carolina. I am a former New Yorker who resides here. This is outspoken, low-life idiot is the exception....not the rule. He and a couple of others are bringing down the reputation of an overall highly educated state. Everyone that I know has condemned this fake representator of Christianity. I have never heard such hatred spewed from the mouth of a so called Christian. He sounds terribly backward and redneck....no education what-so-ever.

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

      As a native North Carolinian, I thank you for your fair-mindedness. Too many people fail to see the irony of decrying ignorance by condemning an entire state.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • George

      I just finished up a little project involving a company called Connexion Technologies in North Carolina. Look them up. I'm sorry to say, all the evidence that I have so far indicates that North Carolinians simply *believe* that they're highly educated but in fact are dumb as rocks. The few that had some education and skills appeared to be lacking in basic common sense. They were unable to accomplish much of anything, and wound up getting caught in a big fraud scam and going bankrupt before the project was even completed. I probably just need a larger sample size, but I'm thinking maybe there's something in the water there. I'd hightail it back to New York if I were you.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Sarah

      What a pitiful attempt to cover for the citizens of North Carolina who came out in droves to vote for an anti-gay measure just two weeks ago. Share the blame. Share the guilt. A majority of voters bought the right to be called discriminatory. Live with it.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  20. Jake McQuire

    As a gay christian, I have to say to Worley and all the hatemongers out there...

    ~ God – forgive them for they know not what they do ~

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

      Jake, I agree with you. Amen.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Jenny L

      Yes Jake, you are right. As a Christian, I cannot tolerate such stupidity. I believe everyone has the right to choose who to love. His message of HATE is more than pathetic!!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • korkea aika

      why isn't there a 'like' button on this board? CNN doesn't want people to get too worked up. anyway I liked your post

      May 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
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