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. paganguy

    The guy is just trying to make a name for himself. Now you him the leader of other nuts.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • rjp34652

      Hey pagan:

      I think you hit the core of the issue here. There's nothing like controversy and a BIG photo op to increase the self-importance of this pompous a$$.

      but that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
  2. Space the Final Frontier

    Hard to believe.. Space X on the main page / cover..

    I cant wait till we find life on another planet / where ever and organized religion ranks soon are classified as MYTHOLOGY in Chapters..

    May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  3. Scott

    Pathetic. I think the Nazi's would have a case for copyright infringement against this loser. Obviously he not only doesn't understand the "Christian message" but has no understanding of world history over the last 100 years.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  4. Dan

    So much for love thy neighbor and the Golden Rule.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  5. rjp34652

    I DIDNT WATCH the video because I just ate my lunch and I'm afraid I'll lose it.

    It has been said that southern women like their men religious and a little bit crazy. If that is so, then this lunatic out to have a harem of wives by next weekend.

    but that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...

    May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  6. Doug in NYC

    Gay people don't make gay people, straight people do. Think that one over.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Art

      You are wrong!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Doug in NYC

      You didn't thin kthat one over did you Art?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  7. dreamer96

    Jesus healed the male lover of a Roman soldier...

    May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Art

      what Bible are you reading?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • dreamer96


      Same as you
      Jesus Heals the Centurion's Servant sermon, – Luke 7:1-7:10 . One of the meanings of servant is lover...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • rjp34652

      Hey dreamer – go back to sleep. You know nothing about the Good Book.

      Try a quote from a source you know something about. I'm serious. You took time to punch in your thoughts, why not make it a good one next time? Really really. Not a put down, just good advice. Check it out.

      it's just me, hollering from the choir loft...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  8. Susan K

    I'm a Christian and I only have one thing to say to Mr. Worley, 'GET OFF MY SIDE."

    May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • ME II

      As a non-Christian...
      well said, Susan K!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  9. Mainer44

    "Againit? HAHAHA! You might be a redneck... God ain't againit. God's shaking his head in sorrow and disbelief.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  10. RJO

    I believe we have seen this type of thinking before. There was Hitker in WW2, there was Ruwanda, there was slavery in the U.S., The list goes on and on.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • rjp34652


      Thinking? Is that what it's called?

      I applaud integrity when moral issues arise, but a shepard's calling is also to exercise a bit of compassion as well. This fellow sounds like a cheerleader for the ge$tapo.

      but that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  11. Vince

    Typical Teabag south. I can hear the banjo playing in the background.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • dreamer96

      It is not just the South..but it is Typical Tea Party...and by the way,. Jesus healed the male lover of a Roman Soldier...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • lvingdisciple

      dreamer96 you crack me up, by the way you're wrong but really funny

      May 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  12. dave

    It worked for leprosy. I say anything is worth a try.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  13. Cecile Chisholm

    Where do you think gay people come from? Straights...we won't die out!!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  14. Alan Lynes

    All this hate in the name of religion. It is amazing to me – is this guy serious?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • dave

      He said he loved them, not hated them.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • skpfrmdc


      May 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  15. Chrisitans HATE gay

    Christians are Cancerous. Glad to see these christian lowlifes got blown up by peaceful Muslims.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • TCP

      Religion is cancerous! You think "christians" hate gays...go ask a "muslim" how they feel about it...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • matt

      Yeah....One Christian wants to build a wall around gays. Some Muslims want to kill gays for being gay. Your point?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Jonny

      If your parents were gay, you weren't born! As matter of fact, all gays, if they don't repent of their evil work, they'll die. That it! Don't play with God or God's children, or will be the next my friend.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Doug in NYC

      Got news for you Jonny, we're all going to die straight or gay or whatever. You don't get out of life alive. Use your brain before you make statements like that.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • lvingdisciple

      you go doug in NYC, this straight Jesus follower agrees with you, Jonny, please put the keyboard away and go back to your crafts in the corner.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  16. Keith

    Disgusting indivdual. It amazes me that these so called pastors who preach in the name of God have so much hate in them. Very sad.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  17. Roscoe Chait

    Just when I thought the Iranian mullahs were the crazy ones on this planet, along comes a Christian fundamentalist wacko like Worley to prove that America is just as nuts. Maybe the problem is religion. What would this planet be like if there were no religion, no belief in a higher being, that human beings had to take responsibility for themselves, for the creatures who share our space and for the preservation (and survival) of the earth?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • TCP

      MASSIVE generalization. The only people this wacko proves are nuts are himself and anyone who would defend him. Trust me, the VAST majority of Americans do NOT land in that category.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  18. Informed

    So...Round a bunch of people up, put them behind a fence and electrify it and wait until they die. Hum. Pretty sure this was tried during WW II, Don't think it turned out so well for the world. This man is an abomination to the human race and does not deserve to be here. Disgusting piece of work.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  19. Gordon

    It is idiots like this that start wars against race, religion and personal rights. I am more distressed that a church could have 250,000 followers with someone like that leading it.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  20. citizen9

    What would Jesus do?

    Another religious contradiction from the Baptists.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
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