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. AFVet

    The tax free exemption should be immediately eliminated for this "church". If this "minister" wants to be involved in politics then he should resign and run for office or his "church" should start paying taxes.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ AFVet

      Should then, politics stay out of the pulpits of religious socialisms? Should the religious spokespeople not be allowed the rights to say religiously culturalized revelations to their flocks? Are not most religious folks against the actions of the "gayness" crowds who raise their heads in vainness sakes above the social waters for political purposes? Why should sodomites of every cutural rendition be allowed a say in political sciences?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • John

      That's what they call a Republican "think tank".

      May 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  2. Coastal0ne

    Luke 6:37
    Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • John

      That's what I told the trooper who pulled me over for speeding. Didn't work.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  3. B2UX


    May 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  4. godsafraud

    There's no hypocrisy like Christian hypocrisy!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  5. JEFF

    Let's not forget this is a country that allows for free speech. He has the same rights as you and I to say what he believes. Certainly a bit odd in his delivery and a lot of creative interpretation on how to handle this problem we are plagued with (the problem of people wanting marriage to be something it should not be – marriage is between a man and woman, period).

    You don't have to like what he says, but the fact of the matter is, the fundamentals of what he states is accurate.

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

      Which fundamentals are accurate? Accurate according to whom?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • AFVet

      This "church" has a tax exemption. They do not pay property taxes. He has a right to free speech like eveyone else. However when a minisrter stsrts endorsing political candidates then his "church" should start paying property taxes like the rest of us.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Jim tom

      Rofl. That doesn't make any sense whatsoever. The "fundamentals" of what he says are "accurate?" Ah, so we should lock all the gays and lesbians up? And even if we did and they all died, more wouldn't replace them?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • John

      A liberal's attempt to argue like a conservative:

      "You're wrong, period. It's just that simple."

      May 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  6. Gary


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

      Nice. LOL

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

    Anyone who is that obessed with gay people should come out of the closet......FOR OBVIOUS REASONS....

    May 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Robert Martin

      I'm agin fat loud mouthdr Baptist preachers preaching their brand of hate. Give them a large fur coat and ship them to the Arctic to chill out.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  8. Rahm

    This article threatens my beliefs, so I'm trying to steer attention to things concerning Obama because I have no actual argument.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  9. glorydays

    Christians are getting less and less Christian.

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

      What is up with Christians like him and Obama?.

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

      Not really. There are Christians and then there are people who call themselves Christians but who really just worship a book and rules. These are the ones who come up with crazy ideas about history, morality, marriage, and politics.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  10. John

    Hey Pastor Worley, suck on this one.
    "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee."
    Expect to be touched by the Finger of God.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      "Expect to be touched by the Finger of God."

      Now thats a whole new experience to look forward to, getting fingered by God...

      May 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Wow!

      Yeah that was my favorite part of Pulp Fiction too.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • tb63

      Great scene in Pulp Fiction!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • John

      It's not the "good touching". It's the worst possible kind of touching there is.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  11. clinky

    People care about what this nut says because you can't distinguish him from the other conservative Christians who oppose gay rights. They all want to crush out gayness from society, one way or another. But gayness is here to stay. Just tolerate and love your neighbor.

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

    The only reason that the right is winning every voting to ban gay-marriage is because the politicians turned a legal question into a religious question. Since every religious person cannot separate religion from his or her life (including his or her perception of the law and legal system), they have to vote for the ban. Politics is so clever that it turns Jesus's love for all into hate for some.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      "they have to vote for the ban." No they don't, they could refrain from voting on this issue as it has ZERO impact on their own lives.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  13. tb63

    Yes Pastor Worley, we can't reproduce (duh.)

    Does it occur to no one in this guy's congregation that since we gays and lesbians don't procreate ourselves we'll be right back on the outside of the fence in a generation?

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

      Exactly. What a moron! The only thing worse than him is the congregation you hear in the background.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Jim tom

      Hahaha. Seriously. Apparently this gay thinks being gay is a disease. You just quarantine them, and they will go away. After all, we know gays are only born to other gays.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  14. SlaveWorld

    How Northern European People Became Christian. History 101

    The Vikings (and other Northern peoples) were a curious bunch and very accepting of other cultures. The readily let missionaries in and the missionaries worked on the women, thralls and poor and that helped spread the religion while the men were off farming, raiding or exploring.

    2) It became a political and economic advantage to be Christian to continue trading with the south. The economic system was based on farming and trade, it became impossible to trade with other countries if the King and Chieftains weren't Christian.

    3) At times it was spread into the North by force. Several chieftains were killed horribly when they refused to convert. Convert or die was an acceptable way of converting people.

    4) Economic terrorism. Trade embargo, threats of invasions, overthrow of non-Christian kings and queens, and destruction of property if the people didn't convert.

    5) Christian monks would change the myths and lore to a Christian slant and try to convince the Heathens that Odin was actually God and Baldur was Jesus, Loki the devil, etc.


    May 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  15. Rahm

    What is up with Christians like him and Obama?

    May 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Miss Manager

      You think you're clever don't you?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  16. A Serpent's Thought

    @ Jon Biggs

    Hate? Why do you hate and show your displeaures ergo hatred against wrong minded religious leaders? Bigotry is alive and doing well in your templed body! As for my views, I hate sodomy in all its' many cultured variations! I hate adultery! I hate atheits' bigots who hate religious bigotries!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • clinky

      Sodomy sodomy sodomy. That's all you ever write about, Serpent. Just buy your wife a strap-on and get your initiation over with.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  17. Rich

    I would like to hear the church's spin on this, how it was all a joke taken out of context. It is interesting that the world is full of comedians who aren't funny.

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

    I'd prefer it if Christian Taliban members lived behind barbed wire fences.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  19. Whatever

    Sick man. Not a man of god. Hate like his leads to wars, civil unrest, discrimination, defimation and gives fuel to those thinking it is ok to treat others that are 'not like them' differently. Sick men like this are the exact reason why we need governement to protect and recognize gays and lesbians as equals- not animals to be 'fenced in' and allowed to be openly discriminated against. If this man was speaking of another race, religion, or group of people he probably would be in jail. Why do we allow this??? He speaks of god....god will condemn HIM for his actions and words. See you in Hell A__hole!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • DinDC

      I'd rather he not show up in Hell and ruin the good time I will be having. The "christians" can keep him in heaven with them...please?!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  20. Bookenz

    Just another example of religion being used to justify evil.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • jsmith89

      Religion exists for 2 reasons, rationalize evil and control the weak minded.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
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