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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. gordyb

    This guy is so dumb he doesn't even know that gay folks are born that way from straight parents. maybe someday when he is saved by a gay doctor, nurse or medic or that our country is protected by gays serving in the military the light may turn on and he will have an epiphany.

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

      There has never been any evidence that people are "born that way". None. That's wishful thinking.

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

      15 billion gay people could tell Vinny they were born gay and he would beg to differ based on nothing but a Christian narrative that says 15 billion gay people don't know what they are talking about.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • sam stone

      Vinny: I think you have it confused with the lack of evidence of a god

      May 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • sam stone

      Also, Vinny, what evidence do you have that orientation is a choice? At what age did you make yours?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • willy

      15 billion? Seems a little high to me.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  2. SPUD

    Great sermon!!!!!

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

      Why? This guy cant even pronounce his words and his jokes are awful. Im from NC btw.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • Kevin W. Clark

      I'd rather listen to a 3 hour car crash than hear that hayseed moron spout his hate, rooted in his magical beliefs that evolution isn't real, the earth is only 6000 years old, and cavemen rode dinosaurs. Why don't they just put a different mental patient in the pulpit every week? I'm sure the dead-eyed mouth-breathing congregation wouldn't notice the difference.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  3. Vinny

    I mean, besides the other gays, who likes having them around? I wouldn't miss 'em.

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

      Tell that to Darth Vader AKA Dick Channey! You may feel the force!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • dee1030

      Hmmmm let's see, family, friends, and people who aren't stupid morons.

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

      nor they you. Preferably if you meet your maker you can explain your position (see golden rule).

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

      Don't worry Vinny. They wouldn't want to hang out all day at the Dairy Queen parking lot with you.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • sam stone

      I have gay friends, and they are good people. I am relatively sure they have no use for you, Vinny

      May 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • ironman59

      We wouldn't miss you either. Maybe we should put everyone like you behind an electric fence. Let's see how much outrage there becomes at that point.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Kevin W. Clark

      I would prefer the eternal company of the *least* of them to one minute with an ignorant hate-filled inbred redneck bigot, such as yourself.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  4. Rich

    Sounds like the pastor was channeling Satan is you ask me.... and his followers were "bahh'ing" at every word like the good little sheep they are.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  5. Joseph Smith

    This is the same position the LDS church takes...your average Mormon doesn't know it, but it's in the doctrine.

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

      Seriously!!! Get a life dude. The LDS church does NOT preach that. I was raised LDS and though I do not attend anymore, I know with certainty that the LDS religion does not agree with what this freak show is saying to do. Get you facts right before you start posting BS that you have no idea about.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  6. Mike D

    CNN- It's only going viral because you want it to.

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

      BS... I saw this video before I came here... Your giving CNN too much credit.

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

      This preacher is like a bad car wreck. You pass by and don't want to look, but curiosity makes you look and see the bloody mess that you wish you wouldn't have seen. His language is nothing new. This language goes on every Sunday all over the country. How do you think gay Americans get regularly beaten down after their baby step advancements in what is supposed to be the free world.

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

    I love this guy!

    May 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Joseph Smith

      You love which guy?

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

      This Pastor is AWESOME! Preach on brother...

      May 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • skpfrmdc

      watch how you say that or you may be his next sermon.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • sam stone

      That's right! Preach on, brother! Let the world know daddy and mommy were brother and sister!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  8. Pete

    Ya know what's funny,its the preacher talking to his hypocrital sheep,the same ones that drink and sleep around Monday thru Saturday,but on Sunday they're as pure as babies just after birth.The ones who hate anyone different than them,but probibly have a skeleton or two themselves in the family closet.Ya know,the ones they talk about in a low tone only to the closest of friends or relatives,being too ashamed to talk directly to the "infected" friend or relative for fear of being admonished .These southern states are still in the civil war,never left it,never will,they still treat northernors or yankees as called, as people trying to change their southern way of life and they don't like it ,not one bit!!They're not a bashfull bunch either,if your gay, lesbian,or immigrant,or a yankee,they'll call ya that,no two ways about it.They try being polite sometimes,but it shows in their facial gestures or body language,it just stands out making the effected person uncomfortable,they're not that good at fooling intelligent people ,only their own kind,mostly the trailer trash bunch...So let that preacher preach to his ignorent,sanctumonious bunch on Sunday because you'll either be standing next to them buying beer or condoms on Monday,I assure ya,they're all around and they do stand out,don't they!!!

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

      The south is a little more diverse than your illustration. I grew up in WA State and have lived in GA for 8 years now. I don't feel like I'm surrounded by bigots or small minded religious fanatics. Everyone I work with is from somewhere other than the south. Just hate hearing someone perpetuating stereotypes that aren't necessarily inline with reality.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  9. ducdebrabant

    I hope North Carolinians are proud. Normally, a state wouldn't be responsible for every hate sermon, but this state is, since it just passed a hate law, overwhelmingly. This is what represents NC now, the voters declared it so. I wish it weren't too late to move the Democratic Convention, because this is an awful time for it to be held in Charlotte.

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

      ..Just like all those californians that passed prop 8

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

      I live in Asheville NC...we are the exception in NC...we are embarressed by this stuff...we wish we could move our city elsewhere

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

      First, I dont agree with Amendment one. However, it is not a hate law. In America, when liberals dont get their way, they are 'hated'. One needs to understand conditions in Sudan, Syria, Somalia, etc to understand what real hate is, what real discrimination is. We in America are melodramatic.

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

      I live in North Carolina, and this imbecile represents me, as much as Timothy McVeigh represents Oklahomians.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  10. We know the truth...

    Good people will always do good things and bad people will always do bad things... But in order for good people to do bad things, you need religion.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  11. willy

    It looks to me like the "Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate group" found the sermon on the churches web site and then posted it on youtube. This group wanted to bring trouble on this pastor because they do not like what he said in his church. Why don't they do this to radical Muslim who want to kill all of us?

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

      Because citizens of this country who only want to kill a persecuted minority should be tolerated right?

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

      willy, Listen to Worley's sermon. It's him who wants to kill Americans. He's talking about an electrified fence.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • mickey1313

      Because the myth of all of Islam wanting to kill us is a US government fabricated lie. The cia controls all of the anti American terrorists, it is all false flag ops to allow them to take over martial law style.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • willy

      It sounded to me like he was saying that gay was not natural because they cannot reproduce naturally. Therefore not natural. If all humans were gay they would no longer exist because they would die out. Obviously, the man does not expect the electric fence to be erected. It's an illustration to make a point, albeit it a poor one.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • skpfrmdc

      they do. Fill in the blanks with blacks, immigrants, muslims, jews ect. if your church preaches hateful things (like calling for the deaths of anyone) you need a new church or have them bury you in asbestos.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  12. sean50

    "And you know in a few years, they'll die out. You know why? They can't reproduce."

    News Flash......gay people come from straight couples....film at 11:00.......

    May 22, 2012 at 1:50 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 1:51 pm |
    • asdf

      And in fact gay siblings who are straight tend to do better than the norm on having beautiful successful children so thus even with high cost of gayness the genes may give benefits if not gay.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  13. MIKE

    Everyone, religion IS the problem, not one solitary hateful pastor. WIthout religion, this would be a non issue.

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

      Yeah, but something else would be the problem. Humans thrive on conflict, unfortunately.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  14. Emerald Laughter

    I find that this American version of the Taliban or "Hate-Based Christianity" is a greater threat to Americans than the Taliban and all the Muslim terrorists combined. These people are trying to destroy our freedoms from within, and they should be prosecuted for hate crimes and treason.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:50 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 1:51 pm |
    • jo jo

      No roadside bombs though !

      May 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  15. transformed 4eva

    "Let them die off"
    And he claims to be a Christian...he wishes. A true follower of Christ would love anyone the same, gay or "straight."

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

      Really? Did she advocate rounding people up behind electrified fences and hoping they die out?? Interesting comparison but I fail to see how they are even close to being similar.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  17. clinky

    I don't think Worley is any different from the "mainstream" of anti-gay Christians. They know deep down that they will never pray away all the gay or "re-educate" gay people through therapy. Since they're mortified by gays and can't undo their gayness, won't accept them into their churches and regard them as a pox on society, what's left but to round them up and store them away? Worley speaks for all of the conservative Christian hate and simply took it to its logical conclusion.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Liberal Logic is Flawed

      So in your "logic" one lunatic that opens is hate spewing pie hole represents the entire organization, race, faith so on and so on? Then I guess all "white people" are evil racists since the KKK speaks for "whites".

      May 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  18. Menthu

    I wonder who's his Daddy?

    May 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  19. Johnjon

    the electrified fence needs to be around the state of North Carolina. maybe after a while with all the in breeding they'll be the ones to die off.

    May 22, 2012 at 1:49 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 1:50 pm |
    • McMichael

      Im from Nrth Carolina, how are you any less of a bigot than that pastor? Or is it not considered being a bigot in your case?

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

      You took the words out of my keyboard!

      May 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  20. BioHzrd

    Well, that not very Christian of you is it Pastor Worley.

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

      Perhaps for the sake of accuracy we should rename all of these fundamentalist types "Biblians" since they clearly worship a book rather than the living Christ.

      May 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
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