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. txmacfan

    If you truly believe in the bible then embrace the good and the bad and don't fool yourself by saying " I don't know what bible this ....person is reading". Its the same bible your reading he is just honest about what it says.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Observer


      So if you are HONEST about the Bible you'll agree that it supports slavery and the inferiority of women and discrimination against the handicapped.

      So what was your point, if any?

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

      Yes darling! It is the same man made text.

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

      My point is similar to yours, the bible is filled with cruelty. Some people are honest about what the bible truly says and some only pick and choose what makes them feel good. This preacher is being honest about his beliefs and what the bible really means. That doesn't mean he is right it just means he is honest.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • The Guy

      I also like that you take the word literal from the Bible when it's been mistranslated hundreds of times over the course of thousands of years since it's original format. It's like playing "telephone" over the course of millennia.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  2. Bootyfunk

    i am encouraged by all the people posting here on the right side of the issue.

    fear + ignorance = h.omophobia

    May 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Cassidy

      Fear and Ignorance would be a great Republican campaign slogan.

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

      I think greed and ignorance is more accurate though. At least for the far right idiocy we're seeing now. Here's hoping for a resurgence in Lincoln republicans.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  3. Brent Black

    My take on the preacher, he is narrow minded and is most likely a child molester. He has cob webs in his closet.

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

      Looking in the mirror are we?

      May 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Jackson

      Now do you understand the need for the gay community to be loud and proud?

      May 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  4. Chrisitans HATE gay

    Vote for the Mormon if you HATE Gays and Muslims!

    May 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  5. Jebadiah

    This guy is just a typical Romney supporter.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • ME II

      This guy is a typical TROLL.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Rick

      Exactly. That preacher is a m o r o n who preaches hate.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  6. ShawnDH

    I'd MUCH rather my child be gay than be a member of that disgusting, evil, deranged, fanatic Christian church. What an evil man - a true psychopath. And stupid...as if gay people aren't born from straight parents anyway. But hey...at least it highlights the true evil and fascism of many "Christian" churches in the US. It's a reminder why gay rights are so important to freedom and a civilized nation.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  7. Spiderling

    The more publicly anti-gay someone is, the more privately gay they are. It's an undeniable, proven fact. This POS is obviously very gay and very insecure about it.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Andrew

      So true

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

      Possibly, but straight men are extremely sensitive. They will go all postal if a gay guy looks at them. I guess maybe they do have something to hide.

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

      always sad to see a closeted, self-loathing h.omophobe.

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

      anti-gay someone is, the more privately gay they are
      Can't help but think of Michelle Bachmann's husband Marcus.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • meadowlark

      Actually, that concept is an illogical attempt to make ad hominem and red herring attacks on those with a differing viewpoint. There isn't an ounce of truth to it.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • The Guy

      True. The pastor pauses after, "Image kissing a man" because he's thinking about it, getting turned on, and having a b*oner.

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


      Why don't you web search Ted Haggard, Mark Foley and Larry Craig – Just a few examples. It happens over and over and over.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • Joel

      A single study showing a weak correlation does not make it a fact. Your launching an ad hominin attack which only makes you look like the fool. I will admit I used to laugh at these, but it's a stale joke and I realize that it is wrong (in the ethical sense).

      May 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  8. jambrute

    it sounds like theres like 5 people there

    May 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  9. adrian

    According to Gods word Worley would go to Hell... 2nd greatest commandment Love thy neighbor as thyself. Sad that This preacher is ignorant to the Word of God.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Becky

      I guess the choir walked out.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  10. Observer

    The Bible's position:
    on gays: it's a sin and an "abomination"

    on child molesters: NO COMMENT

    May 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      That and many other things are why I call the bible the Unholy Book, or the Bad News.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • meadowlark

      Actually, the book of Leviticus has explicit laws against such acts against children, among others.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      It also has laws commanding the stoning of unruly children. In Exodus it says that anyone who works on the Sabbath needs to be put to death. Deuteronomy tells them that if a city the Israelites come to does not surrender immediately then if they win the city, they need to kill every man, boy and non-virgin woman or girl. Then goes on to say to completely annihilate the Hitti.tes, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      I forgot to mention that if the city does surrender, then they are to be subject to forced labor.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • meadowlark

      We also have our own set of laws for this nation. The Hebrew nation had theirs. I won't get into all the specifics as it would take all day, but if you read the OT as a history book first, you might get somewhere. As for the nations that you listed, all were perpetrators of child sacrifice by fire. If, and I mean "if" for your sake, there truly is a God who is one hundred percent holy and wanted His chosen nation to dwell in lands lived in by a culture of peoples doing great evil, than it makes sense. A cursory understanding of the OT won't cut it.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      So then the 6th commandment doesn't apply if you feel the other people are evil? I thought the morality from god is absolute. Or does it only apply sometimes?

      May 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Leo

      Luke 17:2
      It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest


      And your random scripture crap is relevant how?

      May 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  11. elle

    meet the new adolf

    May 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  12. John

    This "pastor" is a complete reenforcement to my remaining an atheist! Any person who is gay that identifies with CHRIST-INSANITY after hearing this rube probably NEEDS to be within the "fence" he refers to! If only one could be built for these intolerant, christian ministers!

    May 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  13. Vanessa

    Why is the pro-life crowd – so-called – always calling for the deaths of everyone else?

    May 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  14. Art

    It's easier to wield the stick of the Law than it is to allow for grace and mercy in the world.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  15. QS

    Seriously, at what point do we stop coddling religion with special rights to discriminate and start calling their "beliefs" and "sermons" what they are...hate speech?

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

      Really? The truth can't be hate speech.

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

      While I don't agree with this pastor's comments, your words on here are what scare me the most. Folks with your perceptions of speech are the ones who will eradicate free speech to the religious.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • Answer


      "The Truth' – this is how your ignorant kind does the typing! Don't forget that.

      Not only are you ignorant pos proud of not knowing the truth, you splash your mediocrity at it very well. Your kind can never understand that saying "my bible is truth" and then agreeing to that statement gives you access to truth. Pure ignorance.

      Shows the absolute inferiority of your kind. Keep being inferior – we love it when you are. Stay that way so we can have an eternity to laugh at you losers.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • The Guy

      @cham, the new testament was written by a bunch of unoriginal, drunk romans who were laughing their ass*es off while scribbling down asinine stories from other religions. there is about as much truth in your paper weight as there is in the hundreds of religions that precedent it.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  16. tony

    Apparently neither Santa Claus (bless his holy name) nor the Tooth Fairy (Fair Goddess of all whiteness) have any prejudice against gays (but a little against poverty maybe). Time to switch to a better guiding spirit???

    May 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • sam


      May 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  17. Chrisitans HATE gay

    All christians are lowlifes. I am glad they get bombed by those peaceful muslims. Amen!

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

      So you believe that Chris tians who make angry, wrongfully mean comments are lowlife's and, yet, when you are happy to see them killed, that makes you what? A saint? A kind, compassionate person?

      May 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  18. ed


    May 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  19. Leki

    OK you can put us all in a fenced area but don't start complaining when we have better haircuts, nicer clothes, prettier houses, all the good music, movies and food. You're gonna miss us!
    Oh and you did – we call it SF & NY.

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

      It is true that gays drastically improve any neighborhood they move into. What was once downtown blight in so many cities is now flourishing neighborhoods with a huge tax base. Come to Houston for one instance of proof.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • tony

      The Devil has all the best tunes. . . Now why is that?

      May 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  20. bob

    Well this guy basically sums up why religion is for the ignorant and evil

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

      It's the same tired sermon that preachers have been preaching for decades. The government should start monitoring these churches like they did the Muslim churches after 9-11.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • jt

      Did you not listen to the whole interview? I think the being interviewed presented an example of how a religious person, even a baptist, can be perfectly reasonable and sane..

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

      And taking the most far extreme of any movement and lumping them together with anyone people like that isn't ignorant? Maybe we should compare all atheists to Stalin?

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

      dan: stalin was more of a nationalist than an atheist

      May 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
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