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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. Jace Masters

    We need to start a national database to keep track of looser like this. I know that several of the so-called Christian organizations have them about us. I used to work for one that did. So that when people search for info about them they can see what they have said and use it to keep people away from there church, keep money out of their pockets. We can use it to let others write letters to the states and ask that they be removed if in office, to do what ever is needed to stop them. I know this may sound harsh and paranoid on my part but it is not, and I am just suggesting that someone do what several of the Anti-Gay groups are already doing. I am not saying to become violent just let people know, and be able to check them out, say before joining there church things like that. However, be certain that if a person is on the list that there is video and evidence to back it up not just someone’s claims but real facts. MJ

    May 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      this guy has got to own a pointy white hood....

      May 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  2. Bootyfunk

    my fiance and i are straight against hate. we support the g.ay community. this pastor is filth.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  3. Joe Tenhagen

    time for a new pastor.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  4. DeeCee1000

    Providence Road Baptist Church.
    PO Box 507.
    Maiden, NC 28650.
    Church Telephone: 828-428-2518.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Patrick

      Called. It was busy for some reason. LOL. I'll call tomorrow.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Oooo fun times thanks for the info.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Mick

      I'll be sure to call and thank him for his courage 🙂

      May 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      takes a lot of courage to preach hitler hate speech.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • Answer

      Small minds equate hate with courage .. so funny and laughable.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Mick

      Ah, here comes the 'hitler' BS. You know sh1t about Hitler, don't talk out of your a$S.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • Answer

      A little Hitler wannabe in the making.. the typical oppressed 'white aryan male'. You kind are so full of sh.it.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      Mick, maybe you should go join your hero pastor this Sunday and defend him when an angry mob of hundreds shows up to protest your hero. I would be scared to go anywhere near that church if I were him or any of his congregants. He should seriously think about hiring a few body guards.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • sam stone

      mick: the third reich were a bunch of closet queens. you would fit in well

      May 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • sam stone

      mick: dee cee is right. why express your support over the net when you can do it in person. be one of the good pastor's security people. but, don't tell him you are going to cover the back door......he might get excited

      May 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  5. gb333

    I have been to so many churches that preach hate. Its subtle. But its hate. Sad.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Patrick

      In this case it's not very subtle.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  6. tony

    Religion is an artificial concept taught to small children to make them more obediant.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Susan

      And taught to adults to make them obedient, like small children. Why else would they insist that God is their Father?

      May 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • sam stone

      "There's no such thing as a soul. It's just something they made up to scare kids, like the boogeyman or Michael Jackson."

      Bart Simpson

      May 22, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
  7. QS

    I'd like to personally thank all those who are commenting that they agree with this barely-person – your comments demonstrate the exact reason why the gay community is right to fight against you!

    May 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Mick

      Keep on fighting fairy, you will not twist the laws of nature. It's just too bad our leaders don't have the stones to actually carry out a plan like this, to rid you sickos from our societies. You have mental problems - I believe Michelle Bachmann could get you in touch with a professional who could correct your illness, perhaps you should try that route 🙂

      May 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • QS

      LMAO! And you prove my point, thanks!

      May 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Answer

      A fine example of a pure bigot .. take your prize Mick..

      All these bigot should be killed off like they want for others to be killed.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Patrick

      @Mick – Wrong. We've had the ability to accurately and affordably test people's $e xua lity in a lab setting since the 1950s. And in all that time, not one person has ever been able to show that their $e xua lity changed during the course of their lifetime. Not from gay to straight, not from straight to gay, not even from gay to bi $e xual. Not through theraputic means and not through religious means. Also, there have been tons of studies done on ho mo$ exua lity – if it was a choice there would be precursors to that choice leading someone to want to be attracted to the same gender or leading them to actually having attraction for the same gender – yet not one study has ever found any precursor or cause.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Mick

      @Patrick

      Wrong - I want you to try something - take the positive ends of a battery and try to get them to stick together. You'll find that they won't. Even science agrees with me! LOL keep deceiving yourselves.....:)

      May 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  8. QS

    Ahh religion – the world's ultimate dividing force!

    May 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  9. Mick

    Finally a pastor with a plan! We would be wise to follow this man's advice, to rid these vermin from among our ranks....

    May 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • sam stone

      This pastor IS vermin

      May 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • sam

      Boring troll.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Patrick

      Yeah what a great plan. If only you could prevent het ero $ex uals from producing ho m0 $e xuals it might work.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Patrick

      The Pastor is "agin" it. Even Andy Taylor, Goober and Barney didn't talk that ignorant.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Patrick

      Nice job aligning yourself with someone who can't even speak the English language.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Wait what?

      Can you give me the verse in which God damns their souls?

      May 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Madtown

      This is not even an entertaining troll effort. Quit wasting our time, try harder.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Mick

      1 Corinthians 6:9-10

      May 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Ooooo a bible verse, how original. Hah. Guess what Mick random crap out of an unholy book of immorality is useless.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Mick

      The bottom line is this : you've all been brainwashed by Jewish media networks to love what is wrong and to hate what is right. We can't undo the brain washing, only lesson its effects through exposing the truth. You have been duped, congrats idiots.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  10. A Serpent's Thought

    The "mountain peaks" of many societal impartations will never oblige the realisms of God! Neither will the abundant rocks, being the people spread upon the mountains' grounds, rightly accept the principalities of Godliness! Sodomy will raise its' ugly heads as LGBT's to crown themselves as being the enlightened and mankind will flock to their heads shining as the lights of a new age! Such is now happening upon many lands! Stand fast all you who still believe in God's Truths! Be not swayed by sodomy's ugly perceptions of vanity and ungodliness ideals!

    May 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Observer

      Serpent,

      MILLIONS of HETEROS engage in sodomy. Why not skip the HYPOCRISY?

      May 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • jasoncdanforth

      God doesn't speak to you.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ Observer

      C'mon people of right-mindedness! Call sensually abnormal people what they truly are! Perverts! Why does one have to be politically correct to not call sensual gayness, sodomy, an Act of perversion? Call a sensual pervert a sensual pervert in any action that does not adhere to the naturalnesses of "heteralism"! You "heteralists" who act out in ways of sodomy are giving way to the LGBT crowds who are the viled manifested "pervertionists" of rancid sensualisms! Respect your woman and do not violate her in such abnormal and unnatural reletavisms of the deviant sensual kind!

      May 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      Serpent = verbal vomit

      May 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • no nothing

      god this, god that , BORING!

      May 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • sam

      I would like to get some dressing on the side for this word salad.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @A Serpent's Thought

      Fortunately for the rest of us, your opinion is just your opinion, same as this stupid pastor. Hitler would be proud of both of you.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Observer

      Serpent,

      It's likely that millions of HETEROS engage in an-l s-x.

      Do some research sometime so you won't keep PRETENDING it doesn't happen. Educate yourself. It's not too late.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Steve

      Actually, my girlfriend enjoys it quite a lot. She was the one to first suggest it.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  11. Bootyfunk

    preach on, h.omophoe, lol. and priests/ministers/pastors wonder why the pews are empty these days....

    May 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • lngisld29

      What does the bible say about priests molesting little boys ? I am sure Pastor Worley has some skeleton's in his closet.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      a video will surface, watch. him and some underage prost.itute or something.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  12. no nothing

    Religion: coddles bullies, permits ignorance, adores domination, excuses murder and just plain silly.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  13. tevii

    I'm legitimately asking anyone who hates gays.... what is the big deal? Why do you consider them some sort of threat? And how can you not see that this effort to infringe on someone else's happiness actually makes you the problem and not the gay community?

    May 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Gays Are A Disease

      Pedophiles just want to pursue their happiness too. Some things are just plain wrong. The deterioration of society's morals is the only reason you don't see a problem with what is an unnatural abomination.

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

      And some consider eating meat immoral. So threatening to put people who do so in concentration camps is perfectly civil discourse then?

      Pointing to other acts seldom illuminates anything. The question is, if ho-mos-exuality is wrong, who is its victim?

      May 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      the fear and ignorance stem from one of two things:
      1) religion promotes h.omophobia. people's fears are validated by the bible. even people that would otherwise do the right thing can be twisted by cult logic and religious dogma into righteously doing the wrong thing. for haters, it is justification for their prejudice.

      2) machismo. in society, but especially in poorer communities, like the one i grew up in, there is a fear of appearing effeminate or g.ay. the view is that someone g.ay is not really a man, not tough. a lot of times, being neutral on the subject is capitulating. so the best way to show how "not g.ay" you are is by attacking h.omos.exuals.

      sadly, in poor communities, it's usually both religion and machismo both pushing the cause of h.omophobia. fear and ignorance. educate people. help people understand g.ays are like everyone else except for that one issue. g.ay couples argue about paying bills like everyone else.

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

      I just love how the haters tie in pedophiles to being gay, when in fact that most pedophiles are straight.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • sam

      @'Gays' – it's a question of consent in that case, you dipshit. Seriously, you're what's wrong with society.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Tevii

      No, actually you are wrong. First of all a pedophile is a one sided. The child is being taken advantage and hurt. A gay relationship is a mutual understanding and effort. The two people actually care for one another. You cannot compare that to that.
      One causes harm to another. A gay relationship doesnt. And being attracted to the same gender can very well be natural

      May 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  14. EarDoctor

    Just listen to the man, that so-called minister of god. He's dumb as a post, mean as a snake (no offense, dear reptilians) and a narrowminded hypocrit. WWJD, eh?
    The real question is: how come he even has followers who pay his salary and attend his hate meetings? what does that tell you about them?

    May 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  15. Nancy M. B.

    Sounds just like what Hitler set out to do to the Jews.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Amber

      That's the exact impression I got. Made my hairs stand up on the back of my neck!

      May 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • Mick

      The holocaust is not what you think - it's merely wartime atrocity stories that were meant to demonize Germans. Go to prothink.org for the truth about the holocaust.

      p.s. - 6 million didn't die 🙂

      May 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Denying the holocaust actually happened. Unfortunately it's not surprising that some people still think it was a big hoax. Either that or your just an idiotic troll.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • sam

      Troll harder, Mick. Still boring.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • upstatenyman

      @mick You are one SICK puppy and a disgrace to humantiy.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • tevii

      @Mick – regardless of what you believe, if a single Jew died for Hitler's Christian movement, then its wrong. Quit acting like what he did wasnt.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  16. MrLowe

    Rev. Welton Gaddy's response was one of THE best I've heard on this issue to this date.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Drew

      You realize that straight people have gay kids, right? Not only are you a bigot POS but you are incredibly stupid, you must be from NC yourself

      May 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  17. Gays Are A Disease

    What do you do with a pandemic? You quarantine it and you eradicate the source of the disease. We need to do the same with the gays that are infecting our society with their perversion and immorality.

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

      Just where do you think gays come from?

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

      Let's lock up mindless BIGOTS first and see how that works.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • TROLL !!!!

      Do not feed.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Gays Are A Disease

      Drew, they are corrupted men and women that have given over their souls to unsavory lust and cannot be saved. They are just like Satan and the fallen angels.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Anthony

      Lets start with you!!

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

      Gays Are A Disease,

      If you ACTUALLY cared about sins, you'd be trashing the much greater number of Christian adulterers.

      It's all HYPOCRISY.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • Loren Million

      The only perversion is your own bias, guilt and self hate you demonstrate in your words. It's time to grow up and enter the real world. Let go of your fears, phobias and hate and you will most likely be a happier person.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • Gays Are A Disease

      Observer, I do. They are just as immoral.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • no nothing

      Lets start with you first

      May 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • Mick

      Gays are a disease,

      I agree with you 1000%. They are inundated with sin, and they don't want to give up their immorality. If only we had more leaders who had the courage to say this and follow through!

      May 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • J.W

      Mick the reason more leaders don't say that is because you and Gays Are A Disease are probably part of the very few that think that. So gays are trying to be immortal? How is that?

      May 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      @GAYS: You can't eradicate something that is natural. This is not a disease, people are born this way. This could be a member of your family or your own child. You won't stop it from happening by locking them away...they will still be born. That's just reality and I know that hurts you but it is time to grow up and realize that this is the 21st century...there is no god to save your sorry ass; no heaven to go to; no hell for us to burn in...science has advanced while religion hasn't. You can either join us or go back to your cave!

      May 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • fred

      Gays Are A Disease
      God allowed Lucifer to live and continue to raise hell and God allowed the godless some of whom are Gay to live. Jesus said to do the opposite of what you claim should be done to Gays. If you believe in the God of Abraham then you are out of line with all that was taught in the last 3,400 years.
      You have been caught in a sly trap which has robbed you of the love of God. Best take care to get back into the way Christ made clear

      May 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  18. Sean

    Yup its the Liberals who are the crazy ones /sarcasm.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  19. Anthony

    This POS needs to be locked up behind an electric fence. No food for you though we'll give your Bible and you can pray to your God and maybe he will feed you. He is supposed to take care of you and cloth and feed you...right?!?!? While we are at it why don't lock up all the rest of the religious nut cases...Christian, Jew and Muslim..... They all worship the same hateful God. The world might be a better place and we might actually get some meaningful work done for a change.

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

      Right on, Anthony. Also, I just don't get it, if God is Almighty then why did "He" create gay people, or sin, or starvation, or any of it? Where is God when children starve to death, or are beaten? So freaking contradictory. Religion is SUCH a lie.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  20. kaify

    Pastor is right but there is no need to put them in isolation. this will give the so called humanitarians to come out call it hatred.Bombing Veitnamees is no crime. Attacking Iraq on false allegation of weapons of mass destruction is no crime but putting a ban on gays and lesbians is a crime. The anchor is asking a fool about bible who has never touched the bible in his whole life.

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

      Kaify,

      If you ACTUALLY cared about sin, you'd be trashing the FAR FAR GREATER number of Christian ADULTERERS. It's all pick-and-choose HYPOCRISY.

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

      kaify, you're dumber than sh|t.

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

      You are wrong in so many ways that I don't know where to start.

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

      the pastor is not right. he is a hateful little twerp using (his view of) the bible to justify his bigotry and appeal to others to take up the mantle.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • sam

      I don't know what you used as a translator, but maybe get a better one for next time.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
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