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. I Who Knows.....

    We need to revive the Moral Majority!

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

      so we can ostracize them and show how ridiculous they are

      May 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  2. toad

    why give this guy a national spotlight ?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  3. 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 1:49 pm |
  4. Me

    Another example of the true face of all religion. Hate, bigotry, violence and death. And it's just downhill from there.

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

      there is no merit in your statement. the majority of christians think this guy is a whack job

      May 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  5. SillySal

    I think that north Carolina is a fine place to be! If you'll notice...... it's all those weird baptist offshoots that create this ruckus! I live on the coast, but it's said that they still handle snakes in those mountains...... and they are baptist too.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:48 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 1:49 pm |
  6. Jon Biggs

    I am a republican and a military officer, and this makes me sick. Religion and religious extremist are what is wrong with this world. This back woods redneck is no better than an islamic extremist. Forget locking up the gays....lock up these hate spreading religious leaders (christians and islam). If you want these wars to end, stop putting religion first and learn to accept others.

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

      Thank you for being a republican who understands. Many in your party are not as intelligent as you are about this issue. Please talk to them. They don't listen when a liberal like myself says it.

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

      Well said!!!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Jon Biggs

      Don't get me wrong, you can't tell a liberal much without hearing them complain and wanting everyone to be equal :). I am just sick and tired of religion and peoples views. If both sides of the fense just kept there views to themselves, the world would be much better. Who gives a damn id someone wants to put a cross up in a public place or say "under God" in the pledge.....on the flip side I could care less if gays who want to commit themselves to each other and start a family. As long as they pay their taxes and contricbute to society, go for it.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  7. A Serpent's Thought

    @ npions, "I want proof of this. I am willing to try and understand if you show proof. But I must say... ignorance and hate are destroying this country."

    Culturalized ignorance of religious diversities and in their hated manifestoa by the socially dumb-downed perversions does not make the grade! Yet, as the gradual inclines of societal graphs flatten, the heartbeats become a codified generalizations! Only by creating and/or establishing sentient workouts of culturalized diplomacies may the world be and become a better place! Hate the messages and not the messengers!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  8. 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 1:48 pm |
    • greennnnnn

      Yeah, as if that teacher and this dude have any comparison. What's wrong with you?

      May 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  9. Reasonably

    What do you call a bigoted, hate-monger hiding behind religion at the bottom of the ocean? A good start!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  10. 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 1:48 pm |
  11. Julie Deckert

    You are a sociopath

    May 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  12. 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 |
  13. I Who Knows.....

    That is why there is no such thing as gay marriage. Gay rights are an effort by the Communist controlled media in this country to destabilize religion and what's left of our culture.

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

      why isnt there a fertility test and a requirement to breed before having a marriage licence issued then?

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

      Your assumption is that all marriages are in place to conceive. And also forgets things like IVF. Ignorance may be bliss, but it makes you look stupid.

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

      Marriage ain't just to have children. Guess you haven't reached the 20th century yet, let alone the present one.

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

      I dont think gay people marry to procreate. I think they wish to marry to gain the same rights and privledges that governments and businesses afford to people who are joined by the contract of marriage.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • sam stone

      Equal rights do bother bigots

      May 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • ironman59

      That is the same kind of thinking that made inter-racial marriages illegal. The same kind of think this state used to sterilize people, particularly blacks without permission. It is the state where blacks & minorities were forced to sit in the back of the bus long after segregation supposedly ended.

      It is a state and place where bigotry reigns supreme. The problem is their religion should not be part of my Secular Law for any reason. To suggest that free people who work hard, pay taxes, input to the economy should be put behind an electric fence is barbaric. This fool should be arrested and prosecuted for hate crimes and inciting riots.

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

      Before I was married to my wife, she found out that she will never be able to conceive a child. By your logic, our marraige is therefore wrong.

      Don't try to apply logic to your biggotry, it just makes you look even stupider than you already do.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  14. bob

    why is this pastor ignoring the word of the bible? the good book CLEARLY says gays MUST be killed.
    "If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives." (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)

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

      1. None of that is enforced. 2. Many scholars argue that refers to a specific practice, not to "gays".

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

      sho said it shouldnt be enforced? jesus said the old laws should be observed. are you saying you know god's will better than jesus? "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest part or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place." (Matthew 5:17 NAB)

      May 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Michele

      The "good book" also says you can't have different crops on the same field, you can't wear clothes made of only one fabric, you cannot cut your hair or shave, and if you curse your mother or father, you must be killed. So if you've ever done any of these things I expect you to follow the "good book" and go ahead and punish yourself accordingly.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  15. ComSenseWiz

    This is why intelligent life is fleeing religion in droves.
    All fundamentalist Christians fit into one of 3 categories:
    1) idiots
    2) delusionalists
    3) whackos

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

      is middle school out of session or is name calling the best you can do

      May 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  16. David

    Isn't' what he is proposing what the Nazi's did to the Jews during WWII ? So, much for Christian values.

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

      Which the catlick church supported.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  17. We know the truth...

    More proof that religion only destroys the human brain... This guy says gays would 'die out' when behind his electrified fence because they can't reproduce... Does he realize the same is true of priests??

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

      Wow, I've never really thought of it like that....but thats so true.

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

      This guy thinks priests will go to an even "hotter" part of hell than the gays. Most of these fundamentalist lunatics don't consider catholics to be christians.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  18. crookedarm

    The rich pastors don't care. They'll just find another other people to get rich off of. As long as there's people donating to the church, there wont' be any shortage of pastors willing to take it from them.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  19. Mitch

    This talk is disgusting.

    This sounds like Hitler talking about what to do with all the Jews!! People like this need to be silenced because their views are wicked and incite violence and prejudice!!

    Obviosly this man is the farthest thing from a "man of God" if he wants to round up people and starve them off. That is genocide you backward bigot. I hope he rots in hell

    May 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  20. SomeNameHere

    Quote by "freethinking":

    "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."

    You are of course correct. Even Freud found similar cases to be true. The true haters are jealous that they can come out of the closet.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
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