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. Patrick

    This loser will die someday soon. And he'11 be replaced with someone who doesn't even understand why people wouldn't accept gays and le $bians.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  2. Horus

    So the plan is to corral all the q. ueers and let them die out. Does this guy understand that kids are born to heteros.exuals, and there's no way to control their gender preference will be? What is his master plan for a heteros.exual couple that has a ho.mos.exual child?

    May 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • Ting

      Obviously this would be a continuous process. Maybe he could even fire up the old German crematoriums to help out.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  3. Bootyfunk


    this guy is a commercial for christians to turn to atheism/humanism. keep preaching your 17th century brand of hate. this guy is only firing up old crusty fanatics like himself - young people, even christians, are repulsed by this cr@p. when they go this nuts, it's going to get news coverage - awesome. lol.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  4. llovethisUS

    I can only imagine the reaction inside the church that Sunday.. MEN that's awful!!! What was it like, please any body?

    May 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Watch the video. No one walked out. No one stood up and called him on it. No one yelled out he was wrong. And they all came back the next Sunday.

      This cretin didn't say a dàmn thing these fundiots don't support.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  5. If horses had Gods ... their Gods would be horses

    Self gratification cannot produce children either .. but I'll bet that hasn't stopped a single Christian from giving Mr. Toad a wild ride.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      mast.urbation is the safest form of s.ex. it's great.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  6. Paul

    It's comforting to see from the videos on the Providence Road Baptist Church's website that attendance halved between the service the week before this sermon and the service the week after. All people have an innate sense of right and wrong.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Horus

      ....apparently only half have that sense....

      May 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  7. Ting

    Speaking of reproduction, it's too bad this guys parents didn't use a condom that day?

    May 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  8. sirmixalotalotalot

    When you hear this guy rant one of the first questions that pops into my head is "how in the world could a guy like this be considered a leader of any kind?" When you listen to him speak and his train of thought its like he rode the short bus to school. Then I remember what state they are in and it all makes sense.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  9. Zig

    No more jesus for me.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Drew

      This guy's about as far as you can get from Jesus

      May 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  10. Patrick

    Maybe Pascal's wager sounded good in Pascal's time, but considering what we know now, I'd hate to face my Creator thinking that He condones slavery(Lev. 25:44), beating slaves(Exodus 21:20), incest(Genesis 19:33-36), r@pe victims being required to marry the r@pist(Deuteronomy 22:28-29), treating women and children as property(Genesis 19:8, 1 Timothy 2:11-14, 1 Corinthians 14:33-35), requires battered women to remain married to abusive husbands(Matthew 19:9, 1 Corinthians 7:10-12), condones jihad type warfare where all children are ki11ed save the virgins who are a 'reward'(Numbers 31:15), and makes no mention at all of child molestation, the worst possible crime.

    That would scare me to death.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • SJ

      64 [a]Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
      that the mountains would tremble before you!
      2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze
      and causes water to boil,
      come down to make your name known to your enemies
      and cause the nations to quake before you!
      3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
      you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
      4 Since ancient times no one has heard,
      no ear has perceived,
      no eye has seen any God besides you,
      who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
      5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right,
      who remember your ways.
      But when we continued to sin against them,
      you were angry.
      How then can we be saved?
      6 All of us have become like one who is unclean,
      and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
      we all shrivel up like a leaf,
      and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
      7 No one calls on your name
      or strives to lay hold of you;
      for you have hidden your face from us
      and have given us over to[b] our sins.

      8 Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
      We are the clay, you are the potter;
      we are all the work of your hand.
      9 Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord;
      do not remember our sins forever.
      Oh, look on us, we pray,
      for we are all your people.
      10 Your sacred cities have become a wasteland;
      even Zion is a wasteland, Jerusalem a desolation.
      11 Our holy and glorious temple, where our ancestors praised you,
      has been burned with fire,
      and all that we treasured lies in ruins.
      12 After all this, Lord, will you hold yourself back?
      Will you keep silent and punish us beyond measure?

      May 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      very well said, Patrick.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Horus

      @SJ – just wanted to let you know I'm on the floor trembling in fear of what your god might do to me for not believing in him, her, it.....

      May 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  11. Horus

    Why is this suprising? Religion is about likeminded groups gathering to confirm their bias, and place judgment on those who differ. Religion is Intolerance.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Drew

      Most Xtians aren't like this. It's really American evangelicals and baptists that are the problem. ****ing hicks

      May 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Horus

      Drew – I'm not singling out Christians. All religions are in fact merely social flockings of likeminded people who view their beliefs as "right", and judge others as "wrong". Consider all the denominations just within Christianity. They all judge one another based on interpretation, perceptions, and cognitive dissonance. Sure there are people who do good things and justify doing so via religious belief. I choose to believe that those same people would still do good things even in the absence of religion. Some people are good, some are not, but to me that's internally driven....no god required.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Tim

      Yeah, but you can say that about any group. Atheist – BELIEVE that there is no God. Agnostic – BELIEVE in a higher power but not God.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm |


    May 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
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      May 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  13. Jeremy

    It would seemed an over abundance of religion, coupled with thirty years of gop cuts to education has left the average America pretty dumb and behind the other civilized nations of the world in terms of education and social policy.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Joel

      Actually, per pupil we have one of the highest education budgets in the industrialized world. Oh, wait, I forgot, you don't care about facts, you just want an excuse to bash the "other side"

      May 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • sam

      Well, Joel...it appears the money in that budget is not being used correctly.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  14. George

    This is bull $ ***. Put his sorry @ $$ in a 6 foot deep hole, and cover it with dirt.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  15. Xavier

    Yikes!! Build concentration camps to house gay & lesbian ppl so they can die out!... SMH... Hitler would be so proud of this Pastor "of hate"

    IBut I can't help to feel sorry for him. His whole life he was taught this type of hatred and believed it, never questioning or comparing different views on the issue- A house of sand he has built now the ocean of change is coming.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  16. michael nguyen

    this is funny, this is exactly my plan for Christian extremists and Muslim extremists. Round them up and let them kill each other so us normal people can live in peace.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • MennoKnight

      So you like Stalin and Mao and Pol Pot?

      May 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • MennoKnight

      Wow. my grammar is even gooder than his grammar.
      It is the Bestest there ever will be!

      May 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  17. carly

    Pastor Worley, you forgot 2 key principles of Christianity. Love they neighbor and do unto others as you'd have done unto you. Your message is incredibly hurtful. IF it is wrong, then let them talk to God when they meet Him in heaven. Until then, just love and be kind to everyone. We ALL fall short but the beauty is, we can keep trying to be better people. That said, my brother is gay and I have plenty of gay friends – couples – that LOVE one another and have incredibly healthy relationships. I have known my brother was gay since he was 3 years old. Definitely born that way no matter how hard we tried to change him. 🙁 Sad but true. I embrace him 100% and he's one of my best friends because he is the kindest soul I know. If love comes from God, which I believe it does, then how can we judge their love? EVERYONE deserve love.... Leave the judging to God. Be an example of His love – and please keep the hateful venom out of the House of the Lord. That doesn't do anyone any good at all and turns people away from God even more. 🙁 Most of these people are incredibly kind, generous souls. If you knew some personally, you may change your hateful rhetoric.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      Your god is one of the most evil and spitefull thing that the human mind has ever come up with. You need to get a grip on reality.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • lisaspups

      God is not evil. Mankind is.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ Honey Badger Dont Care

      "He" has a point! Not a rational one but a point nevertehless! May not take flight yet may ever be grounded nonetheless!

      May 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  18. Truthseeker

    This is what mind control is all about.Now some NC rednecks are all fired up and want to round up some kweers and pen them up.Nothing good ever comes from religion.It just tells hate filled people what they want to hear.Just like they hate N word president.Anyone different is their target.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  19. Amy

    If this guy is preaching who is running hell???

    May 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • memo

      The media

      May 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Drew

      With all due respect memo, shut the **** up. This wasn't some setup by the "lame-stream media," this was a twisted man voluntarily revealing the hatred and idiocy of the religious right. People like you can wise up or get the **** out

      May 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Carla

      @Drew I think he said the media in response to who was running hell... So i'm not really sure your response was warrented..

      May 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Drew

      Right, which indicates that he's clearly an apologist for this bigot. He's blaming the media for covering the story

      May 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Darryl

      Why does Por ky's 2: The Next Day come to mind when I watch this?

      May 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  20. TPN51

    People like this Preacher are the exact reason why I refuse to attend any church or affiliate myself with one. You DO NOT need a preacher to learn Gods word, you DO NOT need a church to teach you the love of JESUS. Churches are a businesses that's all. They constantly need money for this and that. Building Funds, Mission Work and so on. If you want to discuss the Bible or issues with your Priest, Preacher, Rabbi, Swami what ever you denomination great go ahead. But go to church and listen to people like this guy brain wash a congregation, especially children in their formative years, I don't think so. This man needs to be excommunicated from all forms of religious practices and demoted to Janitor.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Lou

      why debase the janitors?

      May 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Wrath of Zeus

      Yea, most janitors I know are rad dudes.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • TPN51

      Lou, first thing that popped into my head, but your right.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
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