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. Harry

    I like to watch their last twitches as progress leaves them behind.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  2. Southern Baptists supported slavery

    These religious nuts are destroying America.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Dan Jones

      They are almost as damaging as the atheist and gays.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      troll....back to church now.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Harry

      See the difference DAN: gays an atheist aren't trying to force you to live like us.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  3. Bill

    I bet he said the same thing about blacks in the 1960s.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  4. jenkoosh

    What's the difference between a Southern Baptist and a Methodist?
    A Methodist will say hi to you in the liquor store.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  5. TAMBO

    He is right, being gay is and aberration, Bible Romans 1 . They can not reproduce by themselves. If all the world were gay it would be the end of the human being. Period.

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

      What century are you living in? With the scientific knowledge we have today, gay and lesbian couples can and do reproduce.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • BioHzrd

      Gays have been around for quite some time and humanity is not ending.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • terry

      Ya gotta get sum ah that there edgeecation, boy. Ye ain't gonna gat fire in this world being "againit."

      May 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Rich

      i'm gay, but trust me when i tell you, i can and have reproduced. so much for your theory.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  6. clinky

    Worley apologizing or "clarifying" but continuing on as a pastor of his church would be totally unacceptable. The guy just said to his congregation that we should put minorities in concentration camps. He's got to step down right now.

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

    WHy would even a marginally intelligent person sit and listen to this jerk? The stupidity out there is unbelievable.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  8. suesark

    "Can you feel the love tonight"?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  9. Joe's brain

    Maybe you should put the straight people in there, since they are the ones that keep having all the gay kids. Really, dude? What a closet case!

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


    May 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  11. Peace

    As a Christian, this preaching sounds very similar to the pharasitical laws of 2000 years ago that alienated those with leperacy to the outskirts of town and forced them to shout "unclean" whenever other people came in sight. How did Jesus respond to them? He broke through the social and political norms, included them, touched them, and loved them unconditionally. Be weary about taking scripture out of context, and that context is Jesus; His actions, heart, and love towards all!

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

      How do you know how "jesus" responded? Were you there? Be wary of believing "eyewitness accounts" written decades after the supposed events......

      May 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  12. qwert

    Jesus's preachings on the use of electrified fences to kill those you don't agree with is often underutilized.

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

      Well to be honest , it was only one sentence in an obscure gospel.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Thorne

      I know this isn't a funny conversation (it's actually quite sad) but that was HILARIOUS.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  13. Ronda in Houston, TX

    Stuff like this goes on in America every Sunday. It's shameful.

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

      That is why I walked away from it. You are better off being your own spiritual "Church".

      May 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Jenny L

      Yes it is Ronda. So sad!!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  14. Ryan

    Is Worley gay? He seems like it. Why does he hate himself so much?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  15. EVN

    Maybe we should build that great big electric fence and put all of the right wing religious nut jobs inside of it. Forget about feeding them as it only slows down how long it will be before they die off.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • KK Denver


      May 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  16. jsmith89

    Time to revoke this guy's tax exemption.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  17. Ituri

    All you Christians claiming this isn't "your Christianity" he speaks of, you need to open your eyes. This IS Christianity. It has always been used as a tool to villify the "lesser" peoples in society by those in its power. Always. This has never been untrue.

    If you find yourselves at odds with the teachings of your church, then you need to consider your OWN loyalties to it, not pretend it isn't what it is. Take responsibility for your beliefs. You either believe in this religion or you do not. Stop COPPING OUT of what it is, and show society that you're genuinely at odds with its teachings... by LEAVING it.

    Until then, you're just making excuses for yet another in the eternal string of human violations at the hands of this cults hate.

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

      Exactly. Saying "Hate the sin love the sinner" does not fix intolerance.

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

      Er, always? No. Only since Constantine or so. And yes, I am totally aware that this is a thing people do with Christianity, or with anything else they can get at. Oddly, this is actually one of the premises on which Christianity rests - that people are like that by nature. (And also that they are much, much, better than that by nature. People are complicated.)

      Trivia point: Who first opposed slavery in the 1800s? Christians. Why? Because of Christianity. Who opposed them most strongly? Christians. Why? Because of Christianity. Like most things, it reflects the soul.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Dan Jones

      I can tell you for a fact that even the most ignorant and hateful of "christian" are as aggressive and rude as the atheist and gays are against Christianity.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Ituri

      "this is the premise of Christianity" EXCUSES. Same as always. You're so deep in your self-promoted cop outs that you actually believe them.

      Btw, your "Trivia points" are absurd and not historic fact. Christians promoted slavery until the day our government FORCED them to do otherwise. Christians justify land grabs, genocide, even terrorism when its for THEIR benefit, then condemn all others when the same tactics are used against them. Christians are great at one thing though, and thats taking the credit of every OTHER person or groups efforts, such as ending slavery. Nice job showing yet again that Christians can't be trusted with even the most simple of truths.

      Look at your religion honestly. It's probably something you've never done before, but these excuses and made up praiseworthy events do nothing to calm the fervor against your hate filled cult.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Nicholas in Toronto

      It is time for Christians who don't agree with this Pastor and others like him (Tony Perkins etc) to stand up and stop letting these extremists highjack your faith. By staying selient you might just as well say you agree with the hatred and venom they spew. Speak out. Stop giving money to them.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • boarddog

      Oh jump off your soap box dude!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • mema

      Ituri...I am Christian but I am no cop out by any means. There are many denominations of Christianity and I have never heard anything like that at my place of worship. If I had I would go up to my preacher in protest against such hatefull talk. It has no place in Gods house regardless of how fudamental or conservative they are. Jesus never ever treated people like that regardless of their sins. He welcomed them and approached those considered unclean when no one else would. Laying his hands of those who were moved to tears for many it had been many years since they had human contact. Thats the kind of love Jesus showed to all. I will not make excuses for this pastor as there are none. He needs to be removed from leading this or any congregation. However I will not put down all Christianity because there are good and bad seeds in all areas of life. From my 40 years experience in the Christian faith I have never heard a hate or political speech. Not once! I have seen articles about inappropriate actions by our military yet I would never conclude that every one of them is participant in such behavior.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  18. freethinking

    1. This guy is preeching hard against the LGBT's I bet he is the one deep in the closet. It always turns out the ones preeching against the LGBT are normaly the ones that turn out to be gay.

    2. This guy can believe in the bible all he wants but there is no scienitfic proof that anything in the bible is real. More likely just written by man 2k + years ago to control people and to explain things in science that they didn't know how to make then.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  19. Way_out_there

    Jesus saves us from our sins.

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


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

      Yes, I agree. That is why I sin all I want to, because Jesus has got my back.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • jsmith89

      Without Jesus and God, there would be no "Sin".

      May 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  20. jay

    Sounds good to me.
    Diversity, acceptance, love, respect, and honesty, inside the fence??
    All the hateful, antichrist morons likes this guy, outside the fence??
    Count me IN !!!!
    Mr. Worley has joined the select group of straight, hateful, americans, preaching and attempting to spread hate under the disguise of Gods Word, while leading only more of the masses, into Satans glory.
    Tell us, Mr. Worley, which side of the fence would Jesus have been on while he was alive? Hmmm?????
    With the persecuted inside the fence? Or the persecutors outside the fence?
    Mr. Worley is prime example as to why some people should not be allowed to reproduce. Ever!!!!
    You are a shame to God and are driving people away from His Glory.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
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