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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. MobiusEight

    Here's what we do.... We take Justin Bieber, and we push him off a cliff. Problem solved! Wait... what is this article about, again?

    May 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  2. Beep Beep

    A workable approach would be to abort gay babies (the causes are now well understood and the situation can be monitored). LOL!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      A workable approach would be to let time do what time does– society always progresses towards a more progressive stance. That is why neo-cons like you are so full of anger– you see your own extinction and your own irrelevance coming closer. Gay marriage WILL BE a reality in this country, sooner or later– and that is what chaps folks like you. The fact that someone who is doing something YOU personally cannot understand, might actually be able to continue doing that without any interference from the likes of you.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  3. Fred

    I'm glad the news media is finally reporting on the hate spewed by these sickos. For years it went unreported along with
    the physical gay bashing they inspired.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  4. Figures!

    As a Christian I am no longer amazed at how the Christian leadership acts anymore. There was nothing Christian like about this. I can certainly understand why people are getting pushed towards becoming athiests. Between guys like this and the Catholics there isn't a whole lot of faith left in the church. I refuse to go to church any longer. I have a personal relationship with God and I leave it at that. I do not trust the so called representatives here on earth.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  5. NOTAFRAID21

    Men dooking and sucking each other that's DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!

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

      Not disgusting enough for you to describe that visual, however. You must be in the closet.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Church of Suicidal

      Hmm. I don't spend any time at all thinking about what gay men do in bed together. What does that say about you?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  6. Woman

    Obama 2012

    May 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  7. Fr33th1nk3r

    Wow. What this guy is suggesting, is literally, about a quarter-step removed from actual Nazi-ism; actual concentration camps with electrified fences for gay people...

    But then again, when you base your wordly opinions of others, off of an arcane book of middle-eastern fairy tales, absurdities have to be expected.

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

      It was obviously just a metaphor, dummy!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Was this a metaphor too, dummy?

      "Thus saith the LORD of hosts ... go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 1 Samuel 15:2-3 "

      "Exodus 21:20-21
      And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money. "

      ^^^^This is the same book you are using to discriminate against gay people with.... Folks who still think crap like this is okay in this day and age, need to get their heads checked.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  8. mc

    Funny how Muslims and rednecks seem so similar in so many ways.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • Coastal0ne

      Do you even know what a "Redneck" is?

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

      TO ME, any backwards, religious freak, racist, hate filled, full of fake southern charm, hater of northerners, liberals and gays... is a redneck.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  9. Tard stomper

    Un Christian, Un American and All Republican! Time for you righties to go put on your hoods and burn some crosses. Whose front yard are you going to pick?

    May 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  10. Doug in NYC

    Somebody remind me again why we fought so hard to keep the south in the union? This is the same area that defended slavery, gave birth to the KKK using the bible and are now saying the same things against gay people using the bible. I say get in the time machine and advise Lincoln to "Just let it go"

    May 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  11. Samuel

    Why should I be forced to accept gay culture and gay perversion?

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

      Noone is forcing you to accept anything, but what gives you the right to oppress someone who doesn't subscribe to your beliefs? An infraction of one person's rights is an infraction on everyone's rights.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Tard stomper

      No one is forcing you to accept anything.

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

      Replace gay with black and see how that reads.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Nobody is forcing you to accept gay culture, they are REMINDING you of your duty as an American to support OTHERS' RIGHT TO CHOOSE THE LIFE THEY WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT INTERFERENCE. You know, that whole "right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" thingy Thomas Jefferson was talking about?

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

      They pay taxes and serve in the military. That is not reason enough?

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

      Because it's PC. People are easily fooled.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Rbnlegnd101

      Because you can't force people to live under your chruch law. There are not enough guns to point at people, not enough boots to put on people's necks. And, if we start enforcing church law, it may not turn out to be your church that makes the law. You are better off worshiping and living according to your own faith, and letting your neighbor live by his faith, than you would be fighting the constant holy war to force your word on everyone else.

      how can you think that concentration camps are a christ-like answer to anything? that's the real perversion.

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

      Why should I be forced to accept some Nazi wannabe creep demanding that I be killed?
      Read your bible and the original greek behind the passages you use to condemn us. Jesus
      actually healed the gay lover of a Roman Centurian. Read the words of Jesus, if there is a hell
      I do not envy the hypocrits and pharisees of this age.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • ironman59

      Why should we be forced to accept your religion in our secular laws. Nobody said you had to let them into your church. We are simply saying that you can't prevent them from having access to Contract Laws that have nothing to do with your religious and meaningless ceremony. Remember, the contract is with the state not the church.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  12. gary winnipeg

    Here's a new twist on an old joke. Lets put all the Christian Fundamentalists and all the Muslim Fundamentalists in a big cage along with some weapons. Whoever is left alive afterwards, charge them with genocide.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Tard stomper

      The evangelicals and fundamental christians are as big a threat to American values and freedom as any Al Qaeda terrorist ever was or is.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  13. Beep Beep

    Both gays and religious people can go to "hell"! LOL!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Tard stomper

      Funny, they said the same thing to you!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  14. travolta_stinks

    This is your typical Republican voter, white southern conservative religious fundamentalist.

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

      yea people that are for gays must be lunatics, and guess what gays if you think ur going to heaven good luck with that

      May 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Tard stomper

      Hey greg, people that hate others like you do are going to hell to. So you will see all your friends there.

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

    Christians should give up there principles on taking a stand against sin because liberals don't like it? Too bad.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Really?

      Christians? Who you calling Christians, don't confuse biblethumpers with Christians, like calling a cat a dog...

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

      Brian –

      ...and I mean this with all due disrespect. If rounding people up and imprisoning them behind electric fences is an example of "christian principles" the rest of civilized society is coming for you.

      You can believe whatever you want – that's your choice – but when folks like this disgusting pastor advocate imprisoning others based on their own personal convictions – there is no place ANYWHERE this should be tolerated.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  16. Libs Are A Disease

    Praise this great man! God bless him!

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

      Oh god please god, smite and smote. Please god. Are you there god? Hello? It's me god.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  17. Huwie

    Funny how Jesus's main teaching, "Love thy neighbor," pretty much gets thrown to the wayside by these supposed religious leaders. It sure will be a fun day to be G-d when these guys get to the gates of heaven.

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

      Christians hate sin...get over it bigot.

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

      Sin as judged by who? The sin you purport to hate is sin as transcribed by the hand's of men 2000 years ago. The bible also teaches that slavery is acceptable. Perhaps we should bring that back?

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

      Good post, well said. Christians proclaim to love and accept everyone....really?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  18. Rahm

    What's up with Christians like this guy, and airplane food, am I right? Is this thing on?

    May 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  19. Disgusted

    I am from NC and I want people to know that this is not the way people think around the Carolinas. I can't tell you how mad/sad and disappointed I feel when I hear people make ignorant comments like these!! Way to go Mr. christian man!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  20. Kempster

    His logic is also flawed: Gay men and lesbians will not die off if you isolate them, because straight parents have gay children all the time. So he's not just a hateful bigot, he's a stupid hateful bigot.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
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