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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. Dave

    I support traditional marriage as defined between one man and one woman. That said, i condemn this preacher and his hateful comments.

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

      Whatever happened to the good ole days of just electing a Republican politician to do this dirty work legally through Congress?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  2. Brian

    He is no worse than Rev Wright.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • A. J. Roscoe

      Actually he is. What he is promoting is none too different from fascism.

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

      They are all heathens. I've been hearing this same sermon since I was a small child of the 60's.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  3. lefty avenger

    Pastor Charles L. Worley is just your typical Republican hate mongering christian nazi. He wouldn't know Jesus if Jesus came back from the dead and walked right up to him to say hello.

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

      If such a thing happened, he'd tell Jesus to drop dead you dirty hippie and take your marxist help the poor and wuzzy turn the other cheek crap and shove it.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • jtainfla

      Amen! Brother!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  4. Oat in IL

    This hateful, divisive man is not a Christian follower of Christ. He is wrong on so many levels, very uneducated, not a believer, and needs to be out of that pulpit immediately. It is sickening that some believe that this in any way represents genuine Christianity.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • lefty avenger

      Well put Oat. Jesus would not appreciate nor agree with a hateful man who wants to round up everyone he dislikes to put in a concentration camp with a cross on top of the entrance.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  5. Jessica

    I guess he hasn't noticed that it's always straight people making gay babies.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  6. brie gantt

    so, who did the taping????

    May 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  7. I love libs

    Being a liberal demosheep. I don't know what to think. What does Chris Matthews, Ed Shultz, Keith Olberman or God I mean Obama want me to think?

    May 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • me again

      They all agree, you're a moron

      May 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      Right, because it's the liberals that stick to the talking points and are unable to think for themselves. Please, I have a spare clue, take it, you need it more than I do.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Larry

      @I love libs.......Liberals hate the truth. They just can't handle it.

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

      Your perception, and thanks for it. My perception is that you really aren't qualified to speak on the issue of gay marriage though, because you obviously have no real experience with it. I have lots, and haven't found any more cases of gay people being dysfunctional in their marriages than straight people. Therefore, rather than letting guys like this ignorant moron pastor tell YOU what to think, why don't you step outside and look, listen and learn about real folks in the real world rather than mindlessly cling to your pre-digested, baseless opinions? Oh, and please don't call those beliefs of yours faith. America in 2012 is not ancient Israel, so Leviticus may not be your best guide for wisdom.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  8. BR

    The beauty of our country is that idiocy and the freedom to be stupid and speak stupidly are protected. Those who cling to religion and the Bible are absolutely free to do so, to live their lives as they see fit. We liberals are perfectly fine with that. But the conservative religious segment not only want to live like they want but also want to make everyone else live like they do–no matter how much they are in violation of their own sacred tenet of "love thy neighbor" and "only God can judge" in this world. Fortunately, their days are numbered–it is clear that more and more young people are against such ridiculous religious zealotry, and the old religious farts are dying off and not being replaced in sufficient numbers. In 20-30 years, gay marriage will be legal, minorities will account for the majority of the electorate in many more states, and the country will be far less religious than it is now. The pendulum politically has swung to allow the conservatives their moment in the sun–which is good in that it allows moderates to realize how insane they are and swing slightly further to the left. Thanks.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  9. FOliberal

    What I find so hilarious is that it sounded like there was only about 10 people in the congregation.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Douglas

      The whole choir was at the local gay bar. Mysteriously absent from this particular sermon.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  10. Just thoughts

    This human being is NOT a spokesman for Christains, he is a Spkesman for HIMSELF... lets use some brains here..its just as bad to just blame an entire religious group for one mans deeds..as it is for this man to proclam his hateful reteoric i the name of GOD...

    May 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  11. Mimi

    Not a good week for North Carolina.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • brie

      you said that right....

      May 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  12. rad666

    He is only saying what most religious people think. God Bless America.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Banksy

      That is one of many reasons to deny any faith in a 'god'. How can a sane human condone that hate? Give up the fairy tale!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Larry

      You are 100% correct.

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

      @banksy......Those that have no faith, such as yourself, have no salvation.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  13. Rahm

    This pastor = Christian
    Obama = Christian
    Romney = Not Christian

    May 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Just thoughts

      Mormans just beleive in female slavery..thats all..not much better..

      May 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Coastal0ne

      Mormons are Christians so, Romney is obviously a Christian too.

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

      Nope, Mormonism is not Christian.

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

      I'm confused,, How can a church named "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints" not be Christian? I'm not being a wise @$$, I really want to know.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Larry

      @Rahm.......Obama is a faux Christian. All his actions speak volumes about his Muslim upbringing.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • just sayin

      Sorry but Mormons are not Christians. There are plenty of cults that believe in Jesus. No matter how many billboards Mormon.org puts up..they are Mormons...not Christians...big difference. They do not associate with being Christians...rather Mormon.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Larry

      @Just thoughts.......You and Susan are morons. Get a clue and get an education.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • just sayin

      FOliberal

      I'm confused,, How can a church named "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints" not be Christian? I'm not being a wise @$$, I really want to know.
      --

      They do not associate with being Christian...they clarify they are Mormon. The origins have no relation to Christian origins. It is a self created cult. No matter how much you dress up a turd..it is still a turd

      May 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • just sayin

      Larry

      @Just thoughts.......You and Susan are morons. Get a clue and get an education.

      -----
      You keep telling yourself that Mormons are Christians. Keep living in denial. Enjoy the billboards ..."I am Mormon" from Mormon.org lol

      May 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  14. Beep Beep

    Gays are the equivalent of scatophiles. Some people just find that kind of behavior disgusting and unacceptable. Can't blame them! Barf!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Ahem

      "Some people just find that kind of behavior disgusting and unacceptable."

      Don't do it, then.

      I'm not gay, but I understand that that's pretty much how gays feel about the opposite gender - they are totally repulsed by the thought of engaging in physical relations with them.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Banksy

      Your comments make you sound gay.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  15. A. J. Roscoe

    "And you know in a few years, they'll die out."

    And he thinks straight parents only give birth to straight children. LMAF.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Beep Beep

      Until the straight parents decide to abort them (the causes are now well understood and the situation can be monitored). LOL!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  16. Labrat

    He may wish to remember that most of radical Islam would like to install a fence for he and his brethren.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  17. NOTAFRAID21

    America is going to HELL!!!!!!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  18. David

    I support the seperation of church and state.

    I also support the seperation of church and hate.

    We need a sin tax on the church..the more we tax them, the fewer churches there will be.

    I fully anticipate that the 21st Century will see the destruction of Christianity...reason willing.

    Let's stand together, America and put a stop to Christianity.

    and always remember:

    Love the Christian; Hate the Christianity. Amen.

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

      This pastor = Christian
      Obama = Christian
      Romney = Not Christian.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  19. boocat

    "I say live and let live...anyone who can't deal with that, take them outside and shoot the m*****f*****." – George Carlin

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

      OUTSTANDING!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  20. luvcomments

    Exactly where in the New Testament does it state that God decrees we are to imprison those who do not believe or who do not live the way we think they should? Seems this typical southern "pastor" knows but darned if I can find it.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
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