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. Beep Beep

    It was obviously just a metaphor, dummies!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Jack

      Blow me, metaphorically.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  2. Church of Suicidal

    "I remember how the meaning of words began to change. How unfamiliar words like collateral and rendition became frightening, while things like Norsefire and the Articles of Allegiance became powerful. I remember how different became dangerous."

    May 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  3. terry

    I'll bet this peacher is on a manhunt to find out who is his "church" posted the video. Oh, the taping is sooo much a mistake, says Nixon.

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

      Somebody is in TROUBLE..................

      May 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  4. MightyMoo

    When did Jesus lock anyone up behind an electric fence to die?

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

      Yeah, isn't it a shame Jesus didn't have access to electricity. I'm sure he would have used it. SARCASM. (Great post Mighty Moo)

      May 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  5. Rahm

    I wonder if Goldman Sachs has decided who the next president will be yet.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  6. beancounterz

    Maybe we should round up all christians and put them in a fenced in area and then turn the tigers on them...oh wait, we already did that...just drop some bombs on them, that seems to work in Iraq and Yemen.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  7. Libdumb

    Could this be construed as Freedom of Speech or maybe seperation of Church and State.

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

      It's freedom of speech but it's a reason why we need seperation of church and state.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Rbnlegnd101

      What are you trying to say, princess? Congress has not made a law prohibiting his speech. He can say any thing he wants, no matter how it makes him look. And congress sure hasn't made his ideas the state religion.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Beep Beep

      This is America. Anyone can blab anything stupid they want.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • alex

      neither. just plain old bigoted ignorance.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  8. citizen bob

    Religion isn't the issue. The Soviet Union also persecuted gay people and their official stance was atheism. Nazi Germany also didn't tolerate gay people. Historically, certain people/groups seemed to have made villain marginalized groups as a rally point to gain support for their own agenda, such as to get power and/or money.
    I think poor education is the issue. That most likely will not be resolved anytime soon. Until then, government should own up to its responsibility to safeguard all of its citizens' rights and not allow mob rule. The whole North Carolina vote on gay relationships was an embarrassment for our country. It only gave courage for certain people to make money from selling hateful ideas.

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

      all they know in this town is high school football, nascar and church 3 times a week.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Imbecile

      It's called scapegoatism, and it's used every time a society finds itself in unsure times. This is nothing new, and, sadly, it will never go away because half of any population is below-average intelligence, and scapegoatism is the tool of the below-average intelligence mind.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  9. MymanDarwin

    Bet he is a bottom in disguise every Friday night.

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

      Lol, I thought the exact thing.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • JMM

      He and Larry Craig definitely hang out. Sometime Ted haggard swings by for some sin. I truly feel bad for this guys family.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  10. ks

    I am gay, and my taxes have to support the right for the likes of such human waste to assemble and spew forth self-righteous hate. This is why I have no use for organized religion and the simple-minded people who use it as an excuse to not think for themselves. Go on, glorify your self-righteous streets-of-gold-heaven. You wouldn't catch me there dead or alive. "Ahm 'agin"'it"

    May 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  11. stercus.tauri

    As Mahatma Gandhi said, "I like your Christ. I do not like Christians. Christians are so unlike Christ." No reason to take that pompous, bigoted, North Carolica preacher, who doesn't even seem to be able to speak proper English, seriously.

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

      that would bbe north CACALACKY

      May 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      Except that he will soon be Governor of North Carolina. If they had no power, we could afford to laugh. This guy has more crazed followers than Osama bin Laden.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  12. Ross

    Is there any doubt that this pastor is a child rapist?

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

    I see everyone is giving this Pastor the attention he wanted.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  14. limuman

    It's about time the religious order speaks out against Odumbo and the gay community. Put them all in Russia and see how long they last

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

      We agree. Put all the hate mongering, bigoted so-called christians in Russia! Now THERE's a country that knows how to deal with religions!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  15. Bob D Iowa

    What is wrong with these Fing people that they think they can control everyones life.

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

    You know what's wrong with this country? Too many christians, and not enough lions.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Bob D Iowa

      Sound like dinner to me.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  17. Lana

    The pastor of my church said that if Obama was reelected he would be flying the American Flag at half mast. That is the last time I went to church. I will find another church where tolerance, Christianity, and patriotism is practiced. No one has to attend a church. I hope the people of this man's congregation will leave this church and find a more accepting one.

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


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

    http://www.godsmessageforyou.org/pastor.htm – "bandwidth exceeded" – lol, talk about epic fail!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  19. jo an

    The more 'they' say the worse it gets and the stupider they sound...They are the ones which should be 'fenced in'...I would not hurt them...I don't have the cruel gene which they have.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  20. Tim from Toledo

    Two questions:
    1.) How does someone that is clearly ignorant (the man can barely speak english..."agin it"...) get into a position to persuade the minds of others?
    2.) Who in their right mind could sit in that church and listen to this ignoramus? (not to mention they yell out "amen" to the pure garbage coming from his mouth? )

    The community that this church is in should be embarrassed – and that pastor should not be allowed to speak in any church again.....the stuff he is ranting is pure, unjustified hatred. The fence he is talking about SHOULD be built, and the pastor and every idiot that yelled "amen" should be put into it.....It's far scarier to think that THEY might reproduce.....

    May 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Chris B.

      Could ask the same about Rev. Wright...

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

      they are called sheeple my friend and it is truly sad.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      The accent is old English and doesn't necessarily connote ignorance; you have to deduce the ignorance from his loutish rantings. When exactly did Jesus lock people up and hate at them? It's Lucifer who imprisons men . . .

      May 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
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