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. BHPT

    I just want to wake up one of these mornings to the news that this jerk has lost his tax-exempt status.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Richard

      Killing, maiming, and demeaning in the name of God seems to be a universal religious theme.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  2. PlayfulDreamer

    So how does fencing off a whole population of people save their souls? This guy is the epitome of evil.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  3. oyvavoy

    what's with the MacDonald front page CNN?

    May 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  4. BralenX

    I'm againt it!!

    May 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  5. Pope_Inquisitor

    Isn't this criminal hate speech? If I said to same with blacks, I'd be in trouble. I think we should put all the baptist ministers in an electrically fenced swamp and let them die in there. God is pretend, gay is OK. This guy and his ilk are sick.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  6. BralenX

    Why would he keep the lesbians and the gay men in seperate areas?

    May 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You sound surprised. The guy sounds dumb as a bag of hair. "I'm AGIN it."

      May 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  7. tevii

    Religion is the basis for all this hate. Once humanity outgrows that nonsense then we can truly move forward as a species.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Keith

      Amen Brother

      May 22, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  8. Chrisitans HATE gay

    Both Christians and Mormons are cults.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Keith

      All religions are cults

      May 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  9. The Guy

    I feel like I should be surprised by this, but I'm not. Business as usual. "I think my book of fairy tales says this so it must be so."

    May 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I wonder how people like this minister can look at themselves in the mirror each day. What a hateful, shameful performance.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Answer

      @Tom Tom

      I think you have forgotten the fact that these losers and their delusions "forgive" them for their hate. It such a crock that they can pretend that a delusion will forgive them but that's the heart of this pandemic.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  10. Rafael G.

    Something is REALLY wrong with some North Carolina people. How could anybody sit down in any church and listen to a pastor preaching hate. It is shocking how some parts of America are still so behind with the rest of the nation. I will be sure North Carolina is not in my vacation plans.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Chrisitans HATE gay

      America is a Nation of Gullible and Hateful christians. Suck it up!

      May 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  11. Marc

    This so called Church is nothing more than a terrorist group and should be checked on by the FBI

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

      Probably will be now.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  12. Delroy Vanrimple III

    You've come a long way baby!

    May 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  13. sharoom

    I am struck almost speechless by some of the comments here in support of this pastor. Where exactly do you think gay people come from? Hint: each gay person has a biological mother and father.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  14. BralenX

    Meet Mitt Romney's new running mate.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  15. BralenX

    He's funny. He should do stand-up. GAY POWER!!

    May 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Michael

      Everyone should start taking cell phone cameras to church. We need to expose these clubs.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  16. josh

    this man is so right.he's who we need for our next president.i'll vote for him.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • Madtown

      Not a very effective troll. Either try harder, or just give it up.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Michael

      Watch out! You and yours might fall victim to his next target practice.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • ISDJ

      He is so right . I will too vote for him ..

      May 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Twelve-year-olds don't have a vote, IS dummy.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Nick

      Kind of hard to vote for someone when you will probably inside the fence

      May 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  17. David Ellis

    Hatred will consume us all if you let it.
    This works both ways. Ignore this man's hatred, and do not use it as an excuse to hate others, such as all Christians, either.

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

      Give us a break! Every Christian would help him beat this gay bashing drum if there were enough sticks. It used to be that they would only vote for anti gay politicians and let them do the dirty work. Now that their anti gay politicians are largely ineffective, they are consumed with anxiety and making last ditch desperate pleas to convince a dying breed to take back the country that they always thought was theirs and theirs alone.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Joel


      You just proved David's point.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  18. Just saying

    God bless the ignorants and let us all gays and lesbians pray for this pastor soul (if he have one) so god can forgive him for taking his place as a judge. Also let's forgive him because us "gays" don't like hate and that we are symbols of HOPE...no one have more hope and patience like us...look how far we have come 🙂

    May 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  19. Jebadiah

    Wow, looks like Romney just picked up the endorsement of yet another ignorant, hate-filled, lunatic.

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

      Romney is going to need "his kind" of votes.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  20. Keldorama

    Sounds alot like Westboro Baptist Church.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • ME II

      Close, but WBC is much too in love with the laws of this world to make such specific suggestions. They might say that, "God hates fa.gs," but not that we should lock them up. Too close to incitement, I would think.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
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