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. Bob

    So let's stone the troglodyte to death.

    It's biblical, right?

    What a redneck moron.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  2. rob

    And people say Muslims are full of hate.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • gordotaco

      way to stereotype a whole religion. are all white people as dumb as biden or blacks as arrogant as obama?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  3. Doug in NYC

    This is straight off the IRS website and it pertains to churches, and tax exempt charities: " it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates."

    If we are a nation of laws, and the conservatives claim we are not enforcing them, and they also claim 48% do not pay taxes, THEN ENFORCE THE LAW AND TAX THE CHURCHES!

    Let's watch as the conservatives squirm and try to justify this! TAX THE CHURCHES!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • Turtleguy

      Bravo. I couldn't agree more.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • gordotaco

      how the heck do you connect your quote to your argument. are you in favor of government also controlling (I mean replacing) charities because that is what y ou are arguing for.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • Doug in NYC

      NO, I'm not in favor of the government taking over charities, I'm in favor of the government enforcing it's own laws, as conservatives constantly point out. Well, this is a law churches and tax exempt charities must obey, if they don't, enforce the law and tax them. It's black and white, right in the tax code.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  4. jer

    this is why christians are considered ignorant bigots, they dont even know what their own bible says

    May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Brian

      Yeah especially the "abomination" part right moron?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • jer

      Brian, the christian god say #1 dont judge and #2 hate the sin BUT LOVE THE SINNER.... is that enough for you moron?

      May 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  5. Grady


    May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  6. Jim

    Stop using my tax dollars to support this kind of hatred.

    Abolish religious tax exemptions!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • jacy tx


      May 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
  7. copanut

    "And you know in a few years, they'll die out. You know why? They can't reproduce." – Uh, you know they can't reproduce whether or not they're behind a fence, yet in the long history of humanity they have never died out. Just goes to show the critical thinking skills of people who build their lives around fairy tales.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Steve from Wisconsin

      Great point.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  8. Cheri

    “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1)

    Enough said...

    May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • jacy tx


      May 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  9. LessBeHonest

    Let's be honest, the main thing gay people want is attention. They jump around in sparkly glitter and neon colors saying look at me, look at me, please approve of me, I need your attention and your approval to get through the day. But now with the Internet, gays can get all the attention they want with web cams, but it's still not enough. They still jump all around saying please approve of me the way my mother never did.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Bob

      Reich Wingers are not capable of honesty.

      Not in any shape or form.

      And you are a fool and a bigot.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • chubby rain

      It's a bit arrogant to think that ~10% of the population wants your approval.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • copanut

      You're referring to a small sparkly minority. You don't notice the majority because they aren't like that.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • FiveLIters

      So..it's kind of like straight people with their "reality" shows then?


      May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Decartes

      Much like the goofy Tea Party yahoos. Seriously, you need to reflect on your broad generalizations. Shows your distinct lack of thinking skills

      May 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Madtown

      Marginally entertaining troll attempt, but you can do better.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • jacy tx

      what an ignorant moron....none of the gay people I know want attention. They just want to be left alone to live their lives, they want to be treated like everybody else.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  10. Jenine

    Jesus must be so proud!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  11. Margie Sandau

    Wow...I'm straight, my family is straight but how uncompassionate and hateful. I don't know how people like this can be happy or feel good on the inside. Very sad.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  12. MTP

    I wonder what Jesus thinks of this guy?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • FiveLIters

      Jesus wouldn't bother to stick him inside an electrified fence-no one wants to 'reproduce' with -that- anyway!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  13. Marc S

    What's happened to this country? Can't we get along without wanting to kill each other anymore.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Cheri

      He sounds like another Hitler...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  14. TiredAmerican

    Can we round up all the ignorant people and put an electric fence around them? That sounds like a wonderful idea and those are the people that need to stop breeding!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • jacy tx


      May 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  15. DJS

    What happen to religion preaching that we should be compassionate and care for all people. How can a religious leader be so cruel!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  16. michael

    99% chance he's in the closet.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  17. Unit34AHunter

    Wow. That wackjob preacher is a fellow who has absolutely NO clue what the United States, freedom. and liberty are all about. Why is it that whenever these Fundibap wackos speak they sound like the Taliban or Heinrich Himmler?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  18. Huebert

    People like this pastor force me to seriously examine my commitment to totally free speech. For fcuks sake it sounds like he is advocating for a final solution.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Unit34AHunter

      No need to reconsider free speech. Just keep ammunition and ability sufficient to repel these neofascist wingnuts if they ever become a direct threat.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • gordotaco

      sounds like the black panthers to me

      May 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • Huebert


      I like the way you think. To the range it is then.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  19. entgrcsolutions

    He is accountable to his church for making a statement that supports kidnapping and genocide. His rally for the genocide of Gay and Lesbian population is no different than any other declared hate crime. The people of NC need to file charges immediately and he needs to be seen on trial. The country is watching. When we allow the teachers of our community to stir up hate and crime, that becomes the community. It has to be addressed and fast. A message like this destroys the credibility of the Church. It is one thing to take and seek guidance in the Bible and another to manipulate the right of having a pulpit to associate genocide and hate as the label of a belief system. Regardless of anyone's personal opinion of what it means to be Gay, this violates everyone's established laws and principles of what it means to be human. If he had suggested this as a measure to rid the state of cats and dogs, it would have been an Anderson Cooper and Nancy Grace expose. People of NC need to remove this shame.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • gordotaco

      free speech or not? if not......also get rid of all the toxic people including black panthers. i dont like it either but that said.....one size for all is how the game works these days to be FAIR.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  20. Re

    wow- what a POS- maybe they should lock all these BIGOTS and ASS BACKWARD REDNECKS UP!!!!!!! HATE BREEDS HATE!!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • bfpiercelk

      Yes because responding with the same threat shows how grown up you really are...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
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