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. David

    Jesus taught. Judge a tree by it's fruit. This is a bad tree with bad fruit. It is okay to have an opinion, but when hatred is preached instead of love, it has nothing to do with the Christian message. The Devil has infiltrated many churches.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  2. R Rueter

    The Baptist church has been for many years a tool of hatred and intolerance and is the doctrine of Satan. All Baptist's will spend their eternity in Hell where they justly belong.

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

    He is Baptist...are we really surprised???

    May 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  4. EvilHeeBilliesTrytoConquertheWorld

    I think this guy's parents were the ones who built the gas chambers in Germany and he simply wants to restart his family business.

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

    What do you do to a virus that's becoming an epidemic? You quarantine it and let it die off. Same thing with the gay epidemic.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      lol small-minded bigot....must be easy to live a life being told what to do and think....

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

      I recommend completing your GED, before speaking.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • sue

      same thing with hateful people like this supposed 'pastor'...no wonder I have no interest in being a 'Christian'...

      May 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • tian ti

      That is why I now worship my toad – and throw the fake religion out.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  6. Bob D Iowa

    Any true Christians need to turn their backs on Religion it is nothing but hated for your follow man. Follow your heart which should be clear of bigotry and full of Christ.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  7. Dale from NC

    Put a white cloak on this guy and burn a cross in the background and it is 1955!

    I'm embarrassed to be from the same state as this idiot!

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

      What is wrong with your state anyway? So many colleges there yet, the people are complete idiots.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  8. KB

    What's a ginnet?

    May 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  9. Matt

    This is EXACTLY why I no longer belong to any type of "religion". Especially hateful Baptists!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  10. Honey Badger Dont Care

    “If you are following the Old Testament and not the New Testament – you are not a true Christian.
    Leviticus is Old Testament.”

    If you are saying this then you know NOTHING about xtianity. If the OT doesn’t count anymore then where do you get your sins from? That means that there are no more ten commandments either.

    Just one more reason why xtianity is just a bunch of garbage.

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

      Don't necessarily agree wholeheartedly with the old vs. new idealology, but have you ever actually read the Bible? Because yes, the New Testament does in fact override the Old...

      May 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "Don't necessarily agree wholeheartedly with the old vs. new idealology, but have you ever actually read the Bible? Because yes, the New Testament does in fact override the Old..."

      Yeah according to the men who wrote it.....

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

      Now that's a WHOLE different conversation... but yes, you're right...

      May 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      Yes, I've read the entire babble. It's all garbage.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  11. sftommy

    The prejudice of Pastor Worley not of Christ. So, by his own words. he's not a Christian

    Stick with your work.
    Do not flinch because the lion roars.
    Do not stop to stone the devil’s dogs.
    Do not fool away your time chasing the devil’s rabbits.

    Do your work.
    Let liars lie.
    Let sectarians quarrel.
    Let critics malign.
    Let enemies accuse.
    Let the devil do his worst.

    But see to it nothing hinders you from fulfilling with joy the work God has given you.
    He has not commanded you to be admired or esteemed.
    He has never bidden you defend your character.
    He has not set you at work to contradict falsehood (about yourself)
    which Satan’s or God’s servants may start to peddle,
    or to track down every rumor that threatens your reputation.
    If you do these things, you will do nothing else.
    You will be at work for yourself and not for the Lord.

    ***As true for gays and lesbians as it is for anyone truly believing in the teachings of Christ.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      No true Scotsman falacy.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • sftommy

      I know honey badger don't care but...
      fallacy – 2 l's

      May 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  12. Jim

    Charles Worley is not a bright man, but neither are the people listening to him.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  13. Bill

    revoke the 501-C-3 status

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

      and revoke Media Matters while we are at it.

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

      Couldn't agree more!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm |

    In the words of a righteous preacher GOD DAMNED AMERICA.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  15. latricia

    God hates sin ,what is sin? think of sin as a state every human being is born into.For example a child born with some sort of physcial defect a cleft lip,or born with sickle cell disease.These disorders yield certain symtops.,due to whatever the disease is.This is how sin is in humanity.Our only hope and escape is JesusChrist.The more christains conform to the Word of God the more we take God side against sin.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      You seem to be implying that Jesus will cure a cleft lip if the child accepts Christ.

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

      African-Americans and christianity dont mix

      May 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  16. GoodBye

    CNN has ceased to be a news reporting service and is now primarily concerned with advancing various agendas (pro Obama being just one of them). Every single day there's a feature article related to gays and lesbians. To quote Seinfeld – "not that there's anything wrong with that" – but it's so obviously forced and contrived by CNN that it's now grown irritating. If there's a gay / lesbian issue that is legitimate news – fine...but front page, every day? I'm off to find a real "just the facts" news website. Any suggestions?

    May 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Rahm

      Bloomberg... follow the money trial, it always leads to the truth

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

      You don't think a man claiming we should round up gays in concentration camps until they die is newsworthy? You need to stick to FauxNoobs dot com bud.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • GoodBye

      In reply to Connor – this is one whacko...why give him this sort of exposure? It's sort of like the nutcase minister in Florida who was going to burn the Koran a few months back. If he had been ignored, he would have had no relevance outside his misguided band of loonies.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  17. Audrey

    I think he does protest too much! And where does all that hatred come from? That man's so unChristian!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  18. Shifter

    Why does CNN only consult non-baptist preachers rather than other baptist pastors? As a baptist pastor I am appalled by this preacher; while the Bible does say things about this and sin (see previous CNN article by R. Albert Mohler Jr which is a spot on declaration of what most baptists have believed for generations) Jesus would be saddened by this NC pastors "answer."

    May 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Kevin

      If you are truly appalled by him, then write a letters to leaders of Baptist churches at the highest levels and demand this minister be thrown out of the church. If there is no room in your faith for people like him, take action, don't just complain about the media on a comment section. He will only be tolerated as long as good people like you remain silent.

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

      Sorry but majority of Baptists are like this guy.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • MarkinFL

      Panic not. Even us atheists can separate the complete frothing at the mouth nuts that pass themselves off as pastors from the ones that actually care about people. I may not be religious but I respect respectable people even when I disagree with them.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  19. DPGW

    "...and thank you!!!! Amen! I would like to conclude today's sermon by asking the alter boys to meet me in my office for their "special" weekly blessing..."

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

    Are you serious!?!? This OBVIOUSLY isn't a Christian ... Can't be!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • just sayin

      Um yes he is. Most Christians share his view and love.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
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