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. Jebadiah

    America, meet this christian right.

    These people want to run the country.

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

    For a man who claims to be a man of God, he spends a lot more time hating gays and lesbians than loving God. He should not be allowed to speak on behalf of any religion; he spreads hate and intolerance and makes religion ugly.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      Why not? He is just stating what the bible already says. Haven't read Leviticus 20:13 have you?

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

      @Honey Badger Dont Care – Leviticus 25:44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. 45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. 46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

      Exodus 21:20 “Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, 21 but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • HSPatel

      He may sample parts of the Bible that support his argument, while skipping others that contradict it.

      Luke 6:37 – "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven."

      He should have been a lawyer, definitely not a pastor. Fundamentalists like him impede on American progress. I hope everyone who watches laugh and roll their eyes at how backwards this man's thinking is.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • fred

      Religion is often ugly and rarely follows the truth expressed by God. Non believers are just every bit as bad with the beliefs they hold. I hear a nonsense and hate that comes from the gay community also.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
    • fred

      Leviticus 20:13 does not appear to be written for your ears since you do not understand.
      This verse (actually much of Leviticus) was setting standards for those who were called by God to be a Holy people set apart from the surrounding people that were wicked in many ways. Being set apart is an honor for the chosen and God. This restriction only applies to these Chosen ones and by extension the Gentiles or any others that accept God and long to be united again in the Kingdom of Heaven (or Promised Land).
      What is your concern with Leviticus 20:13 that you would want to twist what is meant for god into something negative?

      May 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • fred

      You are a slave to sin do you somehow think these verses apply to you? I am sure you have a purpose for taking them out of context at this point.
      At the time of Exodus slavery was the way of the world. You are attempting to compare communications that once were by drum or smoke signal with the latest i-phone. Is this some backhanded way of suggesting Christians are dumb or God is dumb? Either way, it only points to your total lack of understanding about the time and place these verses were written.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  3. Fernt

    what a hateful, simplistic, dim-witted, foolish old bigot. it's pretty amazing he's even deemed able to vote.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Huebert

      Unfortunately, registering to vote does not require an IQ test.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • george

      Fortunately for the rest of us this fool and people like him are a dying breed.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  4. Gabe Astard

    CNN won't post my comment. And there's nothing offensive in it. I hate this backwards site.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  5. Christians out there

    Would you rather have a non-christian(Mormon) or a guy who supports equal rights for all as President?

    May 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      I would rather have a person who wasn't delusional (AKA non-theist).

      May 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Mormon

      Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are, in fact, Christians – it's right there in the name of the church. We also happen to believe in the Book of Mormon – another testament of Jesus Christ, which in fact mentions Jesus Christ nearly 4,000 times in it's pages.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • @Mormon

      No No, that is the point of the question. Most "Approved" Christian denominations.... actually all other denominations say Mormons are not christian. The so called Christians on this comments section don't like Romney because he is Mormon, they also don't like Obama for supporting equal rights. So.....who would you rather have as President?

      May 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  6. Gabe Astard

    Oh man, this guy is a riot. Don't condemn him, just laugh at him. He's just another out of touch old man who will be dead soon. It's 2012 and only old people, small minded people, and the entire midwest, still believe that being gay is evil.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  7. Michelle

    Ignoring for a moment the hate foaming from his mouth and his Hitler-like view points, I don't even understand the logistics of how this plan of his would "work" ... Gay people don't reproduce anyway, so isolating them all doesn't change a thing in that aspect. Blame the straight people... they're the ones having gay babies.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  8. seedenbetter

    Makes one wonder how many pastors are out there like this imbecile that does not get caught on video.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • halfbakedlunatic

      Yeah, good point.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

      As someone that was raised Christian in the south I can tell you.. many.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  9. TPN51

    He tried to rewrite the book on Gays and Lesbians but he may have rewritten the book of Exodus, when all his parishioners leave his church.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

      Apparently you haven’t seen the entire video. IF you listen his parishioners are agreeing with him. You can hear the amens.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  10. Jebadiah

    This guy is just your average Republican voter.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  11. Lori

    Bigotry wrapped in Prayer is still Bigotry!!!!

    May 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  12. James

    Sometimes Christians amaze me...and I am a Christian....I do not agree with gay marriages, I believe marriage from a Christian standpoint is for man and woman...But my job is not to judge....As a true Christian, If I really believe that God is God, then my job is to pray...To not be a gay basher of anykind...but to just be an example to everyone I come in contact with as just a good person...Christians forget that the Bible says, gossipers, liars, adulters, will not inherit the Kingdom of God...So brother Christians...Take the plank out of your own eye instead of trying to take it out of others...What a mess....

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

      'god' is an idiotic idea promoted by immoral people to control and pacify the weak minded.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • Scott

      Immoral by what standard? Your standard? My standard? If that's the case, then I'll just make sure I have a bigger army than you.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

      @ James
      You do realize marriage is older than Christianity. Yet another tradition co-opted by your religion and claimed its own.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Well said, sir.
      Churchly, clergy officiated marriage ceremonies are between whomever the Church deems fit – but marriage for legal purposes should be between consenting adults.
      It is heartening to see an example of tolerant Christianity as opposed to the vitriol vomited by vermin like the shaman in this story.
      Nobody can force you to change your opinions about what God wants, but at least you aren't trying to actively deny those with different views their civil rights.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  13. Sparky

    This sermon sparked an interesting, and enlightening discussion with my son. After watching the video, I asked my son if this is what Jesus taught. My son answered "No, Jesus taught us to love everyone." I asked if that meant even gays, and he said "we're supposed to love those we don't agree with all the more – because they need Jesus' love." So I asked, if that is what Jesus taught – what is this guy teaching?

    My son said "This preacher is teaching hate, and hate is the opposite of love – so he must be teaching Satan's words."

    Out of the mouth of babes comes truth.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Wrath of Zeus

      If that was the case your son would have told you god and Jesus were imaginary.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • James

      You have a very wise son! Good job to the both of you....
      Love in Christ....

      May 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Horus

      Out of your babe's mouth comes the truth you want them to speak. How do you, or your son know what jesus taught? Were you there? Or do you rely on "eyewitness testimony" scripted decades after the supposed teachings? IMO you have done your child a dis-service by teaching him to accept a single, unsupported source such as the bible for truth......

      May 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      I'm sorry to hear that your son is so brainwashed. I can only hope that some day he is able to think for himself.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

      This is what we mean when we say you indoctrinate your children.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Believer

      Regardless of whether or not you believe in Jesus Christ, the bible, or it's teachings, the fact of the matter is this preacher is not teaching the works of the man he professes to follow.

      Jesus – man or fairy tale taught love. He is famously quoted as telling people to love their neighbors as themselves,turning the other cheek, removing the plank in your own eye, and all of that, which is the exact opposite of penning people up behind electric fences and hoping they'll just die out.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  14. geETO

    we will never be rid of this until America ends its dependence on fossil fools

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

      Not to mention the melting of the polar ice caps.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  15. A Serpent's Thought

    The love of a man for a woman and her love for her man is one of the most treasured understandings in God's eyes! I do not hate you yet I do sorrow for your vanities sakes! I do though beseech you to reconsider your own actions and how God views sodomy as being vile and wicked actions! Even the "heteralists" do sometimes commit the actions of sodomy! The five heads of S.e.x.u.a.l.i.s.m with the "heteralist" head being the most prominent and the (4) LGBT heads being the least heightened do hold the five crowns of s.e.x.i.s.m!

    The fruits of all Life is in their sensualisms pleasantries giving rise to many ills of socialisms' diseased constructs!

    May 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Sharon

      Yawn...more proof of a pseudointellectual.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • geETO

      have you gone off your meds again ???

      May 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • the logical centrist

      Had to slip the word socialism in there. By what authority do you say these things?

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

      Interesting you mention constructs, considering all religions are cultural contructs of man......

      May 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Drew

      He think's he's jesus. A false prophet if there ever was one

      May 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Hal 9000


      May 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

      Gluttony is a sin if I’m not mistaken. So if you love a fatty does that put you in the same category has a h0m0?

      May 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  16. Reality

    Dear Pastor "Not So Bright"/"Red Neck" 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 4:08 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      Bless you my friend for you have enlightened me! I am so glad that s.e.x.u.a.l orientations are as wide and open as the animals are! Raising my views of civilization being no better than animals is a kindness to be considered by many!

      May 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  17. Ken

    People like him are why I believe in retroactive abortion.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  18. xyzdude0

    I'm agin it! lol

    May 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  19. Sam Kinison

    It is A holes like this that made me give up preaching and go into stand up comedy.

    Sam (From Heaven)

    May 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  20. Horus

    Dear Pastor, the bible tells me that adam and eve started this deal. So does that mean we are all products of incest? Which I think is also a sin in your bible.......

    May 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • xyx25

      The definition of sin is "transgression of God' command" (1 John 3:4)
      God gave command against incest relationship many years after Adam and Eve lived in Leviticus 18:6-18

      May 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Horus

      xyx – so it was ok for a while, and then it's not? God gave no commandments. Man did. Just as all gods were created in Man's character.....

      May 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
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