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. Rob

    Please don't think all North Carolinians are like this gentleman.

    -a proud Tar Heel

    May 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • seedenbetter

      Gentleman? I too am from NC and this bafoon is what causes the stereotypes. I'm an atheist BTW just in case some are under the impression there aren't free thinkers down here.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  2. Observer91

    Wow. Just...wow.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm |

    Freedom of speech all gays are disgusting.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Wrath of Zeus

      You seem very afraid of people who are different from yourself...

      May 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • 9461

      Freedom of speech: You're an intolerant moron with no respect for other people.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Ting

      Ignorant people are scary.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Gawd

      GOD made man in HIS image...gay and straught bozo.
      Religion is the true poison in this world and you are proof!

      May 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • Patrick

      And you're garbage. Not "all" anything. Just YOU.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • Church of Suicidal

      The reason he's not afraid: He has a night light in the closet.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • Patrick

      If you weren't afraid of something it wouldn't even occur to you to name yourself "notafraid".

      May 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  4. Lindsay

    I am ashamed to be a part of a society and country where people are still so intollerant of people different then themselves.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  5. Fed up

    Kudos to those who will protest next Sunday.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  6. francis

    I got money that says this guy has "secret" house parties with little boys

    May 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  7. ferrisbueler

    Welcome to middle / southern America folks! These are uneducated slow pokes, I wish they were as concerned about their own speech impediments as they are about gay people. I had a hard to understanding that red neck idiot.. did anyone else? Was he chewing Tabasco up there?

    May 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • sarahsaint

      Pot, meet kettle.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  8. Reality

    Dear Pastor "Not So Bright" Worley,

    o "Abrahamics" like you believe that their god created all of us and of course that includes the g-ay members of the human race. Also, those who have studied ho-mo-se-xuality have determined that there is no choice involved therefore ga-ys are ga-y because god made them that way.

    To wit:

    1. The Royal College of Psy-chiatrists stated in 2007:

    “ Despite almost a century of psy-choanalytic and psy-chological speculation, there is no substantive evidence to support the suggestion that the nature of parenting or early childhood experiences play any role in the formation of a person’s fundamental heteros-exual or hom-ose-xual orientation. It would appear that s-exual orientation is biological in nature, determined by a complex interplay of ge-netic factors and the early ut-erine environment. Se-xual orientation is therefore not a choice.[60] "

    2. "Garcia-Falgueras and Swaab state in the abstract of their 2010 study, "The fe-tal brain develops during the intraut-erine period in the male direction through a direct action of tes-tosterone on the developing nerve cells, or in the female direction through the absence of this hor-mone surge. In this way, our gender identi-ty (the conviction of belonging to the male or female gender) and s-exual orientation are programmed or organized into our brain structures when we are still in the womb. There is no indication that social environment after birth has an effect on gender ident–ity or s-exual orientation."[8

    3. See also the Philadelphia Inquirer review “Gay Gene, Deconstructed”, 12/12/2011. Said review addresses the following “How do genes associated with ho-mose-xuality avoid being weeded out by Darwinian evolution?”

    May 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  9. Jack

    So if we take the existing gays and wipe them out no one else will become gay? So it's not a choice?

    May 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "So if we take the existing gays and wipe them out no one else will become gay? So it's not a choice?"

      LOL! Some people can't grasp the concept that straights have gay children. LOL!

      May 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Um, Jack? Your post is rooted in logic. You know if these fundiots try and cypher out what you meant, their foreheads will explode. I, for one, refuse to clean up the resulting goo.

      My new motto – You make 'em explode, you squeegee it up!

      May 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  10. rickwh

    I am a secular person. I don't let religion interfere or have any impact in my life if at all possible. I know good, caring, loving people who are also secular individuals. When I want to look at the spread of hatred and intolerance, I only need to look at the church In today's news it just happens to be the Baptist church. Gotta love religion.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  11. A Serpent's Thought

    We have "manifested oreintations" in which all societal complexities of situational life orders may be ordained from. I am just a "s.e.x.u.a.l heteralist" due certain manifestations oreintated throughout my ongoing social complexisms! To say differently would be lying and not worth its' weightiness! A gay individual likewise is gay due their manifestations' oreintationed societal complexities surmized in their life's livelihoods keeping. S.e.x.u.a.l.i.s.m is a socal oreintation the same way religion is a socially oreintated construct, Without society we could not orientate our life upon or against a model of constructivism therefore social oreintations are the mainframes of individualities!

    I'm not truly against sodomy! I just hate its' deviancies and rather vile corruptives!

    May 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • SeilnoigileR

      Someone needs an English lesson.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Patrick

      Could you post that in English?

      May 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ SeilnoigileR

      Yes teacher! Right away! Teach and preach to me the ways of phonetics and its mundane complexities for I want to be a phenominal writer of distinction!

      May 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ Patrick

      And could you stay in school to learn of the phonetical ways of writing? Dictionaries are not the all of all! Idiot wants are below my wanton meandering ways!

      May 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • Patrick

      You're all vocab and zero grammar. Pretty hard to follow.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • Gawd

      @a serpents ...You just appear to be a pompous bung hole

      May 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • Sharon

      "Could you post that in English?"

      It's called pseudointellectual.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • Patrick

      It's made up vocab though. Complexisms isn't a word. Heteralist isn't a word. Weightiness is a ridiculous redundancy. Constructivsm and Corruptives are both used incorrectly.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • Patrick

      Try just writing the way you talk...because I know no one on this planet talks like that.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Shhhhh – this just another of "god's oldest dreamer" fake ID sockpuppet. Don't feed the fûcking troll and he'll get board and move on.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  12. Patrick

    God is "agin" it. How sad and how ridiculous. Talk about making a fool of yourself on the national stage.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Ting

      He's probably a descendant of slave owners.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  13. Jeff

    I say as many people as possible need to descend on that church this coming Saturday. If you are in the S.E. United States I urge you to drive, bus, walk or fly and join the protestors Saturday at this hate church. This man (who is probably gay himself and hates himself so much he says these things, much like HItler) needs to see the numbers of people in this country that will stand up and say no, we will not accept this hate speech and we will shut you down. You can easily google the directions to this church and join the protest this Saturday! This man, is not a christian nor does he represent the majority of christians in this country. We need to all come together to send that message loud and clear, the more people there the more media we will get.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Ting

      Sunday. No one will be there on Saturday.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  14. MennoKnight

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

    May 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  15. TPN51

    Dear Pastor Charles L. Worley. Hope you don't mind but I just posted an invitation on the Huffington Gay Voices for all the Gay population of NC to attend your service this upcoming Sunday. Better get some folding chairs.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Brian

      There is actually a protest already started on Facebook. 🙂

      May 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • TPN51

      To show up or just to express displeasure?

      May 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  16. Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

    Don’t you know the game? Anytime a Christian (or Muslim for that matter) does something another person from their religion disagrees with..then they are not a ‘real’ Christian (or Muslim) never mind they both believe and worship the same deity. It is only the posters interpretation and opinion of the ‘right way’ to be a Christian (or Muslim) that matters. Just as if you asked the WBC about these jebus is love posters.. THEY are not real Christians. It’s yet another form of cherry picking.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  17. If horses had Gods ... their Gods would be horses

    But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say they are Gay or Straight. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

    May 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  18. Obvious Guy

    Wow, a religious leader that hates people? I've never experience such a thing.


    Rain makes things wet!

    May 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  19. Drew

    Even though I'm an atheist, I'd like to believe that there is a hell for people like this

    May 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • If horses had Gods ... their Gods would be horses

      I'd bet that's why many are christian .. they like the idea of hell for those they don't like.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Drew

      I suspect you're right, some aspects of Xtianity just read like a cosmic revenge fantasy

      May 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Anon

      There is. For them, it's called living.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  20. Skalamoosh

    Alcoholic pastor? He keeps talkin' bout a -Guiness... you a GUiness, I'm a guiness... making me thirsty!

    May 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Ting


      May 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
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