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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. Satan

    Ha Ha Ha! I can get them to turn against anyone who speaks truth... this generation is so easy to corrupt... they actually think it is being loving to defile the body...and to rebel against God. I have won!!! ha ha ha... may they all join me in the fire pit I have waiting....ha ha ha.. yes follow your lu.st.ful desires I will deprave and reprobate your mind...follow strange flesh... my intention is that you destroy yourselves in ignorant bliss...ha ha ha..

    May 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • 77777

      1 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[b][c] will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[d] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. "

      43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. "

      May 22, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Max

      Clearly too much violent video games and bible reading.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • @Satan

      Hell??? Oh, thats the bad place in that fairy tale story right?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • Satan

      Every religion believes in Hell.. I am glad you don't you can join me...ha ha ha... even litature such as Josephus speaks of my home... I will make it warm for you....ha ha ha...

      May 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • MeinNJ

      Sounds like a blast – count me in!

      May 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • @Satan

      So did the old religions that don't exist anymore. Like ships in the night. But go ahead, keep it warm for me. I'll bring the hot dogs and a bottle of Jesus blood, and will eat zombie Jesus for ever. PPPSSSTTT

      May 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  2. Guest0945

    He makes an excellent point. Why should we accept the moral standards of the lesbian and gay community over what has historically deemed to be moral?

    May 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • tnfreethinker

      If you're not gay, why does your opinion matter? Oh....it doesn't. If you don't agree with gay relationships then don't have one. You and your religion need to worry about your own morals (or lack of)

      May 22, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • sam

      So there was no other morality than the bible? Are you for real?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Joel

      Absolutely, why should women and blacks have rights and privileges? We should return to Guest's old morals, the better morals, and enslave blacks and keep women in their place!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Bertha

      Traditional marriage is traditional because we have traditionally stomped all over the inalienable rights of Gods gay creations.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • S

      Benjamin Franklin was a nudist. Should we all become nudists?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  3. yep

    There you go folks. Christianty 101, I love you until I disagree with you, then its just hate hate hate. Notices, he has alot of empty seats.....the voices in the crowd, sound like only 5 or 6 people. I wonder why.....he 's such a wonderful speaker, I'm again it, gods again it yu should be again it. WOW

    May 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  4. Grindstone

    Because gay children only come from gay parents...

    May 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Ting

      Biology 101.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  5. GoneButNotForgotten

    And I have figured a way out, a way to get rid of all the Christians, but I couldn't get it past the Congress.

    Build a great big, large fence – 50 or a 100 miles long – and put all the Christians in there and then release some hungry, ferocious lions then sit back and watch what happens. It could be like a sporting event. We could sell tickets with the proceeds going to fund schools and libraries.

    Obviously I'm being facetious but how soon theyve forgotten their own history.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Justin

      Didn't Rome do something like this? I bet it generates a lot of tax revenue. Might even save social security.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • EM

      Good point.

      This guy doesn't represent all of us, though. Some of us actually believe (gasp) that all of us are the same (just people).

      May 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • LOL

      Bring back the games, bring back the games

      May 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  6. tony

    Religion is evil spread by people to dumb to realize it.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  7. Justin

    Christianity... Preaching and spreading love and compassion and acceptance for all .... unless of course you don't exactly follow their moral code, or fail to empty your wallet in the offering plate each sunday...

    May 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      in which case you must be tortured for eternity. doesn't matter how much charity work you've done. doesn't matter if you're a 'good' person. doesn't matter if you're a loving and compassionate non-believer. you must be tortured.

      ahhhhh yes, a loving god...

      May 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  8. Ellis

    Wow! This guy needs to take a Xanax! And a ticket to the HELL he believes in!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  9. timsaxm

    I want to know why this guys non-profit status is allowed. I thought you couldn't preach politics in church or promote a political agenda.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      ^bump

      May 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Justin

      this sort of preaching should be qualified as a hate crime, then they could add that in too ...

      May 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Joel

      @Justin

      "Congress shall make no law [. . . ] abridging the freedom of speech"

      And the laws concerning political speech by non-profits are really convoluted (see: profit for tax attorneys). My understanding is that a non-profit can support or oppose a non-candidate ballot measure and can support or oppose government officials IN THE CONTEXT OF THEIR OFFICE and not as a candidate. Of course, when does an elected official stop being an elected official and start being a candidate? That's were these laws getting confused.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  10. Bootyfunk

    this guy is a hate-filled monster.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  11. Thinkforyourself

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone...

    Leave the judging to Jesus, please. Thanks for continuing to keep young people running away from the church.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  12. g2-fb4a93d1f0d995ba97f282bbd58940f9

    This fascist wants to treat gays the way that the Nazis did. They had to wear pink triangles and were sent to concentration camps where they died. Everyone should read Dr. Laurence Britt's "14 Traits of Fascism," it is what the Republican Party's political platform has become. The GOP should start calling themselves The American Fascists Party, Reublicans used to be liberal.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • GoneButNotForgotten

      Maybe they should start calling themselves the Gay Obsessed Party

      May 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • Joel

      Here you go again with your posts about the "14 traits of Fascism" that have nothing to do with the GOP. Hyperbole does not help your case. Your part of the problem with out politics being so divisive; people are so willing to blindly believe that those who disagree with them must be evil, rather than recognizing that it is just a differing opinion, ones that can be argued on facts and judged on the merits of those facts and arguments, and NOT by hyperbole and ad hominins.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • L

      If Repubs are Facist then Dems are Communist. That would make them both socialist and Libertarians would be Anarchist and stand for no government at all. Fortunately none of those are true. It doesnt make a person look smart if they attack someones beliefs, no matter what they are, by name calling and accusations based on fabrications.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  13. tnfreethinker

    "The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid are co.cksure while the intelligent are full of doubt" – Bertrand Russell

    May 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Mark

      Good quote!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  14. Jim

    Being GAY is SICK. Think about what it is to be Gay. A Gay person Sticks his Weiner in the Bung Hole of another person. That is what Gay is.......... Sick.

    The word has LOST the description of what the ACT of being Gay is!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      you're disgusting.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Church of Suicidal

      1) Beavis?
      2) Learn to spell your juvenile euphemisms for the male organ, dumba$$.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Kevin

      Think about what being straight is .... it's sick how you stick your crusty, smelly d i c k inside a funky, yeast-infected hole that bleeds once a month. Being straight is SICK! LOL

      May 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • nasawiu

      Sounds like you spend a lot of time thinking about what gays do together.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      Jim....way to show your complete and utter IGNORANCE. So, women can't be gay? Last time I checked (not sure when you checked last, but according to this post, it couldn't have been recently) women don't have "weiners". LOL what are you in 2nd grade or something? BIGOT

      May 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • timsaxm

      Are you speaking from experience?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • afassetta

      Wow Jim, I get the impression you really liked that whole statement. Give you a bxxner, huh?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Ting

      And your God made them that way just to pis s you off. What do you think about that? Do you hate God for doing that to you? It is all about you.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Mariska Adler

      we can stick black people in there too, they are disgusting.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "Being GAY is SICK."

      The experts disagree with you. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of SocialWorkers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured."

      May 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Jack

      I've stuck in a woman's bunghole.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • MeinNJ

      You're gay, aren't you?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Tim Hultgren

      how small minds you people have. you are definitely below knowledge.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • Jim

      If you are GAY/SICK, please get mental help.

      The BEST thing about GAY/SICK people is that they can NOT Pro Create!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • paul cos

      jim you know a lot about this practice,thats very suspcious to say the least...are you so far in the closet that you can see the christmas presents?...You know this isnt a gay dating site right,i just assumed that you were describing what you can do if you found the right guy

      May 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • MeinNJ

      Sweetie pie Jim – think about biology for just a minute. I know it's hard dear, but just try. Where do you think gay people come from? No, no honey – not gay storks. They got borned from straight people! Yes, that's right honey! So wouldn't you agree it's the fault of straight people birthing all those gays? So if all the straight people would just stop knocking boots, then there'd be no chance of any more gays being born! PROBLEM SOLVED!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  15. COME ON MAN!!

    THANKS FOR NOTHING. You did more damage to the Christian faith in 30 seconds, that would take most of us a lifetime of destructive living to achieve.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • MeinNJ

      don't worry – no one would half a brain would listen to that hillbilly drivel

      May 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • MeinNJ

      That's "with", not "would"...

      May 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Bertha

      We can rank this Southern preacher right up there with the one in Florida who burned the Quran and caused American soldiers to lose their lives the next day.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  16. NC71

    From NC and very sad that this is what grabs national and international attention for NC. What bothers me with these preachers (he is the thrid to make such remarks) is that being country churches this has the tendency to to lead to violence. Imagine, some group (proably the younger ones in the church)sitting around and start talking about what their preacher was talking about, the talk becomes emotional and then get angry. This in turn will lead to loading up and heading to Charlotte, Raleigh, or even to the loacal gay bar and attack some person coming out of a club on a Saturday night and possibly take his/her life. Then the church will act like they had nothing to do with this. We have seen this before. It is just sad that people feel the need to preach their ideas,values,morales, and expect everybody else to fall in line with them.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • marabou22

      Not to mention the adults who listen to this guy who might have a gay child. That kid might end up banished from their homes, living on the street. Or might get beaten, disowned etc. I hate that thought.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Stephanie

      Until we realize once and for all that gay bashing stems directly from the church, we are all in deep denial.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  17. JW

    Sometimes I wish they would put pastors like this behind a big electric fence.

    May 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • MeinNJ

      Testify!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  18. cybercmdr

    Many Christians argue that atheists have no morals, because they don't derive their moral foundation from the Bible. Well, atheists like anybody else want the society they live in to thrive, their loved ones to be happy, and to maintain the respect of their peers and themselves. Most of us have empathy and an innate sense of right and wrong, and we can reason that what helps others will ultimately help ourselves as well. Worley is an example of someone who deems the Bible to be the ultimate source of morality. Which is better?

    May 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Miss Manager

      FANNED!

      May 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  19. dre23222

    Lets not forget people... He is an old cracked face stupid ignorant man who is TRASH. He is probably gay himself and his wife if he is married must be stupid and dumb and ugly herself. He is fat, out of shape, and a NOBODY. PLEASE DONT LISTEN TO THIS MAN WHO CALL HIMSELF A MAN OF GOD, A PASTOR. He is dirt.......

    May 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  20. Kevin

    And Santorum thinks college makes kids lose their faith ... nope, it's people like this guy!

    May 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Joseph

      Usually the Christian right wraps their hate in pretty paper and ribbon and gives it to a conservative politician to work with through the legal process. Their gay bashing used to be more nuanced and under the radar. Now we have to hear from some idiot every other day. Couldn't we go back to religious fueled hate through the legal avenues? The Christian agenda of putting up roadblocks to grievances by gay Americans has swerved to an even deeper level of morbidity.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
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