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. Margaret

    Ah, true Christian love and charity. Makes me want to go to church. Where is the lightning when you need it.

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

    I mourn to hear such a hideous message from a pulpit of a church.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  3. religion; a way to control the weak minded

    @Chris, maybe you should open up a book other than the bible and start researching the history behind mar..riage. Mar...riage has been around much longer than your religion and your bronze aged book of man-made myths has. If you actually thought critically instead of believing everything you hear from your pastor, you would know that Chri..sti...anity STOLE mar...riage from history. Mar...riage is not a religious inst..itu..tion. In this country it is nothing more than a binding contract between two consenting adults. But keep the bigotry and hate flowing....

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

    Maybe his position on gay rights will evolve like Obama's..

    May 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • glorydays

      It must be close to your nap time. You're getting cranky.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  5. clinky

    Christianity is hastening its demise. You can't draw a clear line between Worley and all the other Christians who would deny gays equal rights. A shame that Christianity is sinking, I'm not one but like the message of love, compassion and forgiveness.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  6. A Serpent's Thought

    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 2:18 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      I dunno...maybe cuz they pay TAXES???

      1st amendment rights are lost as soon as you infringe on the 1st amendment rights of others.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Primewonk

      "Why should sodomites of every cutural rendition be allowed a say in political sciences?"

      Seriously? You are every bit as ignorant as this cretinist putz of a pastor.

      Sodomy is simply non-pènile/vàginal sèx. The gender and orientation of the participants is irrelevant.

      80% of us straights have oral sèx Thus, the vast majority of Americans are "sodomites".

      Go Team Sodomy!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  7. sdmco

    Un-christian. Un-American. Un-intelligent. Here's hoping the IRS is currently revising this churches tax-exempt status.

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

      If the IRS goes after him, then they should face the music and go after all of them. This is the same speech I've heard over and over again through a long life.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  8. Libs Are A Disease

    I love this idea. The only way to stop an infection is to quarantine it and let it DIE.

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

      The preacher wants you to come over for dinner to discuss the fence. Hope you like sh-t on the shingles.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Being born gay is not an infection. Your post demonstrates your profound ignorance about the science of sèxual orientation.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  9. Horseplayer1

    I know where there is a great deal on fence

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

      Sell it to Texas. They need it more than anyone. They have an illegal immigrant problem that is multiplying exponentially as we speak. Girls named Mary can't keep their legs closed from boys named Jesus.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  10. hycobob

    This is a shameful time to be a North Carolinian. Many of us do not feel this way; we are educated, loving, and open minded. Unfortunately, Christianity in the south is used as a shield against having to think and reason. Why would God condemn love in any form? The bible was written by mortal, sinning, biased human beings (as are all of us) – not by God. What makes some Christians think that there would be no margin of error?

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

      Maybe his position on gay rights will evolve like Obama's.

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

      i agree

      May 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Primewonk

      If there are many of you in North Carolina, then how did Amendment 1 pass? And why are the rational people – those with at least 10 functioning neurons – not surrounding this cretin's church and protesting the ignorance these fundiot spew?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  11. Rahm

    Maybe his position on gay rights will evolve like Obama's

    May 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  12. TAS DEN

    I don't need you to pray for me mr rightous preacher man! If heaven is full of bigots like this, I want to be as far away as possible. If this is how you represent your religion, I would rather burn in hell than spend one minute with haters and christians.

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

      I'm a Christian. If heaven were filled with people like this, it would be hell. Heaven is supposed to be a place w/o evil, hatred, sorrow. Unfortunately people like this are obviously not reading the Bible; Jesus' teaching was criticial of the self-righteous religious hypocrites and attractive towards everyone else (who recognized it for what it was: love/mercy).

      May 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  13. AFVet

    This guys speech is proof that most ministers believe that all of our laws should be based on religion as long as it is their religion. Personally I believe that every church in America should start paying property taxes like the rest of us.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  14. DEC

    A new low for CNN

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


      Or are you saying that ignorance, hate, hômophobia, and stupidity should be allowed to go unchecked?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  15. kelli

    Pastor Worley is going to Hell.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Dac77

      No, his hell will be eternal nothingness. His hate speech serves only him and any small minded people who will listen. Heaven and hell is imagined.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  16. Doc Vestibule

    When the American south was forced to rescind the Jim Crow laws and accept racial integration, it was Baptists who most strongly opposed equality.
    Wallie Criswell, an extremely popular and influential Southern Baptist Minister famously said "Let them integrate! Let them sit up there in their dirty shirts and make all their fine speeches. But they are all a bunch of infidels, dying from the neck up."
    Scarcely half a century later, the zeitgeist has shifted so radically that such open racism is considered abhorrent to the very same Christian sect that spouted scripture to justify insti.tutionalized bigotry.
    I fervently hope that the prevailing Baptist condemnation of ho.mose.xuality will soon be viewed with the same sense of shame that the memory of segragation elicits.

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

      God (sorry) I wish you were right. Sadly, you're not. In March and April of last year, Public Policy Polling ran some polls in Mississippi and Alabama – mainly looking at voter preference in some state races. But there were some other questions.

      In Mississippi, 46% of republicans said interraial marriage should be illegal. Wanna bet on the religious breakdown in Mississippi? [hint – it's 55% Baptists in Mississippi]

      Also, in Mississippi, 88% of republicans say President Obama is not a Christian, with 52% claiming he is a Muslim. Alabam isn't much better, with 86% saying the President is not a Christian and 45% saying he is a Muslim.

      I don't know about you, but I throw up a l;ittle in my mouth each time I read stats like this.

      When your population chooses to be this ignorant, is it any wonder not a single parishoner stood up and called this cretin out?

      May 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  17. Bob D Iowa

    If Christ were to come back he would turn his back on these people that say they hate so many in his name.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  18. fisureking

    While the police are busy bull-dozing globalization protestors, this guy gets a pulpit to preach from.

    It's a wonderful world.

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

      Revoke the 501-C-3 and see how far he goes

      May 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  19. Thatguy371

    And the religious crowd wonders why everyone doesn't wanna join their 'happy throng'. THIS IS WHY! Ignorant viewpoints by some backwoods hack of a preacher. Pathetic.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  20. Banksy

    This clown is well versed in Nazism.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • RJsee85

      He's not well versed in anything. He's just a dumb redneck

      May 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
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