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. dave greenfield

    What's the big deal here. He's offering to provide complementary meals dropped into the camp. Who doesn't like a free meal now and again.

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

      Says the good peacher as he slaps down his southern fried chicken provided by the idiot church members in that "church."

      May 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm |


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

      Unfortunately, they would enjoy it very much, I am sure.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  3. Marc

    Christian Radicalism, Muslim Radicalism, Jewish Radicalism, its all the same thing. It doesn't matter if you're white, middle eastern, black, Chinese, anything... Radicalism is the root of all our problems in this world and is the leading cause of hatred and intollerance. Religion is the root of all evil as this is a prime example.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  4. Get em'

    Pastor Worley: "We gotta shave their heads before we put them behind the Fence!"
    Church Member: "I gotta a guy, his name is Mitt, he loves to give gay guys a haircut"
    Pastor Worley: " OK, you and I will hold them down and Mitt will shave their heads!"

    May 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  5. DPGW

    Oh my god, I'm so glad I'm an atheist. But, of course, I'll probably burn in he11 like the rest of them "darn durn f@gguts who dun darn don't believe in the bibles...." Have fun in church on Sunday. I'll be sleeping.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • Lilly

      Why would some claim to be an atheist and say that they 'May burn in Hell" in the same sentence? Atheist don't believe in Heaven or Hell (This infor is directed at DPGW) Oh, did you just happen to overlook that?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  6. M

    Good for him! Screw all the people on the left with their "open" views of gays and blacks and with all their acceptance of these ideological views!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • terry

      You apparently live south of the South, don't you ?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • dICKIE66

      YA OK NAZI !!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Thorne

      Hunh? Acceptance of 'blacks' is an ideological view? Acceptance of 'gays' is an ideological view. I do not think these words mean what you think they mean, or ... you're just completely mind-missing.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Cobra6

      A little more subtlety would help your trolling technique, grasshopper. The responses to your post would have been both more numerous and more irate if you had come across as somebody who genuinely agreed with this pastor guy, but by rolling the race issue in there in such a ham-handed way, you tipped your hand. Good try though!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  7. Doobie Doobie Doo

    An electric fence is a little extreme. Evangelical protestants crack me up. They're kind of like Al-Qaeda.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  8. Menthu

    His p-e-n-u-s is caught in his bible.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  9. Han


    May 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  10. John

    Wow is all I can say.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  11. DJ

    What an idiot. Put them in fences and they will die out because they can't reproduce? Well, its all of the "straight" people outside of the fences that will continue to give birth to gay children. You can not eradicate something that happens naturally in nature.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • Andrew

      Hmm, concentration camps, eliminating things from nature, this all sounds familiar but I can't quite put the two points together, you know, connect the dots, link up, etc... etc... etc...

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

      Exactly.. He is basically admitting that it is genetic and the gene that predisposes one to become gay is passed from parent to child, whether ressesive or dominant. He's smart enough to know it's genetic, he should be smart enough to know God made us this way and God has a reason for everything. Population contoll, IMO, it takes a village to raise a child.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  12. Tridentine

    In all fairness the pro gay marriage people have lost every single election that this has come up.Trying to say that 58% of the voters in North Carolina are bigots or anti civil rights is just foolish.People like this are on the fringe.People vote against this because they want our country to stand for something and draw the line on personal behavior they find not normal.The pro gay crowd says there should be no majority vote on someones rights.That sounds like the side that has lost 30 elections in a row.

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

      The trends in how the vote is shifting aren't in your favor though.

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

      You do realize that if the Civil Rights Act had been put to a vote we wouldn't have equal treatment for African-American's in this country either, right? The reason you can't put a vote on rights is because it allows the majority to oppress the minority, the VERY THING THIS COUNTRY IS SUPPOSED TO BE AGAINST.

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

      And thats fine but then the United States needs to stop claiming that everyone is equal and the United States needs to change the consitution and laws that say people are equal....You see you can't claim something and then not follow what you preach....

      May 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Andrew

      Have not lost every single vote. and if 58% of the people voted for it, than yes 58% of the people are bigots... You can't vote for peoples rights! that why they call them rights..

      May 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • Church of Suicidal

      How long ago was it that interracial marriage was not considered normal? You don't believe in gay marriage? Fine. Don't marry someone of your gender. How does it affect you if someone else does?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  13. Wow

    I'm agin it!.....moron!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  14. KIRK

    first just stop stop stop stop your anti christian crap CNN or im done with you
    second yes gay life style is a sin so is lust so it murder so is telling lies
    third this idiot forgets the lesson of let those who are without sin to cast the first stone
    do you not fear god do you not tremble before the one who sent his son to die for you

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

      Being gay isn't a sin...But making stupid comments like that does show someones ignorance!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • dICKIE66

      Kirk you are simply a idiot !!

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

      The man just said put gay people in a fenced area so they DIE...how is that NOT crazy

      May 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Church of Suicidal

      Take a breath and work in a period. Sigh. Why bother....

      May 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Cobra6

      The all-caps "shouting" is very persuasive. Maybe your whole post next time? Then I'm sure CNN will listen to you, and everyone will join your church.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  15. Murdock

    This preacher represents all Christians abd christian belief Christians are a sick bunch of stupid people, also they represent the South of the U.S.A. Total stupidity, hate and christanity."onward christian going off to war"

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

      I am a Straight, Christian, Conservative Republican. This preacher is a nut case! Do not paint all of us with this brush!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Chris


      May 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  16. tony

    the Lord commands us to love all people, but that doesn't mean you have to agree with their behavior.

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

      "Love" does not include calling a person a sinner for being born a certain way.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Unitarian

      I may not have to agree with it but I certainly would not condone locking people in a concentration camp in hopes that they all die off.

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

      Come to my home sometime and tell me exactly what part of my "behavior" you don't agree with. Most days, my partner and I both get up in the morning, go to work to earn a paycheck, come home, make dinner, talk about our day, cuddle up together to watch some tv, and then we go to sleep. Tell me what part of that qualifies me and my partner to deserve being put inside an electric fence to "die out". Please reply if you can point out one single thing about my life that you disagree with.

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

    Putting aside the moral issues such a place would raise, it would only work if the only way for people to be gay & lesbian is to be conceived by gays & lesbians. I have many gay & lesbian friends & the one thing they all have in common is that none of their parents were gay or lesbian. That means that this place would only get rid of one generation of gay & lesbians with more to come with each future generation of humans.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  18. Donald in CA

    One thing for sure, this hack pastor is not a democrat. All of these crazies line up on the right. How does this guy get into heaven with his hateful views. Lord help us.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • Jeebuz

      He reminds me of that crazy North Carolina teacher that was mad some student didn't agree with her on Obama

      May 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Cobra6

      I think you mean his "loving" views.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  19. mamanas

    Why do people make such a wonderful religion and make it evil. I can't even imagine Jesus making such a sermon. North Carolinians you must be proud.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  20. Rich

    And where are we going to put all of the hateful iditos? Because that is where this pastor belongs.... Ohh and if he thinks that keeping gays and lesbians on an island alone, will stop them from reproducing, well then he is admitting that it is something genetic that is passed from Parent to child and if that's the case, and it IS, how can God not allow what God created?

    What a dumb hateful pastor, I hope God judges him and Karma gets him!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
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