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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. matt

    hey.....
    at least hes not a Yankees fan

    May 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  2. donny

    hes just telling how he feels bout it ..free speach ..and hes standing up for god.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Patrick

      You should stand up for god and explain how 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.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • no nothing

      Maybe your god, not mine, which I don't believe in.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • David L.

      Yes, he is practicing free speech, as are we by blasting him for it, and as is CNN by writing about it. He may not have broken any laws, but in the court of public opinion, he deserves the death penalty.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Ting

      God/Satan one and the same.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • Susan

      God wants concentration camps? Hitler thought so.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  3. Phylicia

    Christains need to get over themselves. This man is probably doing everything under the sun privatley. Also it makes me angry to see christains making God look like a big hippocrit. A lot of christains are full of many demons. They're always telling other people how to live their lives. They don't stop to look at the way they live their own lives.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • Susan

      I think the word you're looking for is Pharisees. Pastors like this are just like the Pharisees Jesus confronted.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  4. Libs Are A Disease

    Gays are a plague to our society. As with any disease we must quarantine and eradicate it. Only then can we finally restore our country to its former glory.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Observer

      If you had an education you'd know that h0mos-xuality is not a disease. Come back after you attend school.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • no nothing

      And Jim Crow, right?

      May 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • tony

      All Conservatives please note: All churches are extreme liberal when it comes to making a living on other people' money

      May 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Patrick

      Rigght. That's why The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Counseling Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all say ho mo$e xuality is a normal unchangeable variant of human $e xuality. Get over it.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • Lunchbox

      Someone else thought to round people up and eradicate them. His name was Hitler. These are people too. They have a right to live their lives as they will.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Susan

      Lunchbox
      Hitler rounded up gays too. makes you wonder how the good pastor feels about Jews too, doesn't it?

      May 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • Lunchbox

      Hell yes. We live in different times, the old ways do not work anymore. It is time to move forward as a society and work on the problems that really matter, like unemployment, the housing situation, getting our troops home and stuff like that. Not worrying about who is marrying whome while Rush Limbaugh is on his 7th wife! This is the land of the free and was founded as that. If these people are happy what do you care? How is it directly effecting your life? Worry about the real problems not the ones that effect you IN NO WAY!

      May 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Erik W

      The only former glory that you could ever see, is if you do us all a favor and crawl bak in your own "glory hole". You are a Anti-American Nut! A freedom hating extremist. If you are an "American." You're a traitor...

      May 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  5. Sy2502

    Pastor Charles L. Worley sounds like he's in the closet to me.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  6. Erik W

    He is a Anti-American, Nazi Nut! I would support my tax dollars to go for sending these right wing crazies, to a country that believes in the same ideals... Three are plenty of corner's in the world where such such hate is revered. But, not the American corner. If you don't believe in "Freedom for ALL!" GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN! Freedom fighter's will win in the end, and squash these kool-aid drinking, hate mongrels, back into the slime where they snort and spew their vile.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • no nothing

      Just take away their tax exemption status

      May 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Erik W

      I love it, and totally support that idea. I think we should take away all "religous corporations" tax exemption status.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  7. Patrick

    I'm "agin" it. God's "agin" it. The bible's "agin" it. You should be "agin" it. I've never heard of anything so ignorant in my entire life. I know people from North Carolina and none of them talk like that. Andy Taylor, Goober and Barney didn't even talk like that. What sesspool is this guy from???

    May 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  8. Too Much

    I love how the right wingers on this board are getting all defensive and acting like a Liberal put this guy up to saying this. What he said is hateful and people have the right to be angry about it....just like he has the right to say what he wants. If you're gonna make this political, I think that would be the pot calling the kettle black after how much reverend wright came up in conversation during the 08 election.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  9. ready

    CNN stop telling us what you think goes viral we don't care.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • Observer

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on something you don't care about.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Patrick

      It's gone viral. That's just a fact. It's so outrageous people want to see it, just like they want to see a plane crash.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • CNN Viral Counter

      Add one for @ready.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  10. Lee

    I will be the first to organize a million PERSON march to his churches doorstep for Sunday Services. This man of god needs to have Christianity brought back to his church. What a hateful and disgusting display. Why do we need equality under the law for all, just listen to the reverend and you will understand.

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

      Just go to your local Baptist church on Sunday morning and sit on the front row holding hands with your partner. That's what we're doing.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  11. Chelsea

    And issues like this are why I'm ashamed to be a US citizen.

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

      You are free to leave anytime.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • ME II

      Really? That seems a bit extreme.

      So, why are you still here?

      May 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • ME II

      I could understand being ashamed the he is a US citizen...

      May 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Alyssa

      I'm with you Chelsea. It is appalling and thoroughly disheartening.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • pellmellus

      I wonder why CNN doesn't post the speeches of racists like Rev. Wright? Just saying.......

      May 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • sam

      Because the rev. Wright thing was 2008. How retro would you like things to get?

      May 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  12. nitrous

    Wot's cheaper – an electriofy fens or gittin dose funny dog collars dat zap den? I'm againt spending mah hard urned tax dollars for these thangs!!

    May 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  13. John

    Ok.. let's get this straight. The United States is a secular nation. The bible has no place in determining policy. Anyone proposing using the Bible as a basis for law should be arrested for treason!!!

    May 22, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • pellmellus

      May I suggest you start saying that to all our Muslim friends who want Sharia Law in this country?????

      May 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • John

      Muslims who are in favor of sharia law are disloyal Americans. They should lose their citizenship.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Drew

      I'll say that to a Muslim any day

      May 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • John

      We have to stop rolling over to these extremists and stand our ground for what is right. If we don't, they will win out. Remember.. Might does make right!

      May 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • pellmellus

      No you won't.....not when they are a large minority and they will kill you for saying so. You obviously don't know what it's like being a Christian or Jew in a Muslim dominated country.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • John

      That's why we need to start standing up for American "secular" values now before it's too late!

      May 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Erik W

      John, You are 100% correct! Unfortunately we have politician's who promote a platform, and give the OK to these vile "Anti-Americans." We need to stop Washington politician's, who promote hate.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  14. scott

    How is this a problem , he speaking his mind just like the gays. Sorry Cnn only sides with gays even though it is very wrong. I do not think this man is right at all but who cares what he says. I disagree with gays if anyone would ask me but I am not out mouthing off about it..

    May 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • pellmellus

      Yes, of course. But the purpose of giving people like this attention that they do not deserve is to infer that anyone who does not agree with the gay lobby is just like this guy.

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

      It sounds like Scott IS just like this guy, just more restrained. "Oh Lord, please deliver us from your followers..."

      May 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • no nothing

      If you are not " mounting off about it' , then what do you call what you just posted?

      May 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • pellmellus

      See, Drew just proved my point!!!!

      May 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • Drew

      That inference is not based on my own opinions but on what Scott actually typed

      May 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • pellmellus

      Drew, Scott did not say anything unreasonable, bigoted, etc. Like I said, you on the left think alike. True intolerance yet you accuse others of it.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Amber

      Actually CNN is siding with the right to not be demonized! This dude preaching is about as biggoted as they come. You know, they used to spout the same kind of crap about african americans. Somehow we were not as human as a white person. It's the same thing. Can't you see that? He reminds me of Hilter. That kind of hate is VERY dangerous.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • sam

      @pellmellus – the only reason you think Scott didn't say anything unreasonable is because you agree with him.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  15. pellmellus

    The left loves honing in on weirdos like this with the implication of lumping anyone who thinks gay marriage is wrong is just like the weirdo. Typical liberal, infantile logic.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • no nothing

      Another loving comment from the book of the narrow minded

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

      Hey, if the shoe fits...

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

      You're mistaken if you think that just because liberals disagree with you on issues, that they are necessarily "infantile". I'm just curious if you can make your point without name-calling. Can you?

      May 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • sam stone

      as opposed to the cultural conservatives who lump all they disagree with together?

      May 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • pellmellus

      My comments are true. I stand by them.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • sam

      So you have no problem lumping 'liberals' together then. Or, whatever you define as liberal, I assume.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  16. no nothing

    I am pretty sure that if Pastor Worley had it his way, he would put the Jews in there with them.

    May 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • John

      And blacks would be back in slavery. Wonder how many blacks are in his congregation?

      May 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  17. EnjaySea

    Christianity sounds so great!

    I want to be just as compassionate, and loving, and understanding, and moral as all you Christian guys and gals.

    Where do I sign up?

    May 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  18. A Serpent's Thought

    With the herds of sodomites gaining ground, the moralities of vain liberalism will draw many people overtly against the normal rationalisms of life abandoning all righteousness sakes for but a few moments of bliss in infidelities regards! The cares of the world's masses have been leaned and weaned to just being the simpletons!

    Their pleasures in living righteously have become stained with actions berating and devolving them back to that of the animals! The futures are set and the games all completed yet all that is needed is to say the match is over and won! The filth can no longer be washed clean! For the water can noo longer be rinsed away to being a cleanly waters! Even the springs flow forth with filthiness!

    May 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Drew

      You know that Xtians have been predicting the end since the very beginning, right? Paul was convinced that the apocalypse would happen in his lifetime.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Observer

      Serpent,

      So do you support this dimwit?

      May 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • sbp

      I know you think your tortured syntax makes you sound deep, but trust me, it doesn't.

      May 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • Patrick

      Lord of the Rings was really cool, wasn't it?

      May 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Observer

      sbp,

      You are right. The attempt at sophistication fails miserably when the logic behind it is so badly flawed.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ Observer

      I support no person who would outrightly want to herd people for their ills. We are said to love each other despite another's differences and views! God loves the person and not the person's will! In God do we all live out oue life and in livelihoods do we avail ourselves the pleasures sought!

      May 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Amber

      Ah geez dude! Did you have to go and get all midevil on us???

      May 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • sam

      Holy crap, the sodomites are in herds, now??

      May 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  19. Xands

    Haha I bet his favorite fellow Christian was Adolf Hitler, they have similer ideas on how to deal with people....

    KEEP YOUR MYTHOLOGY OUT OF MY GOVERNMENT

    May 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Erik W

      Absolutely!

      May 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  20. Miles

    Doesn't sound like free speech to me – it's filled with hatred. People, like Pastor Worley, who preach and practice hatred are usually trying to hide something.......................Oh, I forgot he is a "Christian"!

    May 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • KGB

      He has little boys on the side.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
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