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. Marc

    I bet this foolish old man won't be at his home anytime soon....

    May 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Nathan

      I hope they will drop XL condoms and lube with that food. Are we allowed a toothbrush?

      May 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • Steevo

      I don't know about that–he may just be a hero to his bible-toting North Carolina buddies.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  2. Steevo

    Let's just throw this man of god and any of his followers into a concentration camp like he suggested for the gays and lesbians. Do onto others....you know?

    May 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  3. BralenX

    Christians are crazy.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  4. 2011cnn2011


    May 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  5. tevii

    I cant get over this video. The man must have a very low IQ (as most highly religious do) He thinks separating gays from the rest of humanity will eliminate gays? there will always be more because they still come from straight people... then why separate gay men and lesbian women from one another? they arent going to procreate to preserve the gay race....
    This says EVERYTHING about religion... a bunch of hate mongering hypocrites.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • y

      most religious have very low iqs; proof?

      May 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  6. One one

    He says he loves gays. Yea right ! And Christians wonder why non-believers think they are liers.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • y

      spelling difficult

      May 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  7. God loves me

    All of ya that goes for gays and lesbiens are all going to hell!

    May 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • BralenX

      Meet the new poster child for Christianity.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • Chrisitans love gays

      All hateful christians WILL go to hell first!

      May 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • BralenX

      Mr. Worley is the new poster child for Christianity.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Nathan

      Have you seen Hell or did someone just tell you that and you swallowed it hook, line and sinker?

      May 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  8. Wait...what?

    So, is he implying that fencing up lesbians in one area, and gay men in another area, would cause them to die out because they couldn't reproduce? wouldn't the EXACT SAME THING happen to "straight" people?

    Maybe we should do the same thing with all of the Baptist fundamentalists...throw the men in one pen, the women in another, and occasionally FLY over and drop food...you know, so we don't get close enough to them to catch their cooties.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • LivinginVA

      Someone also forgot to tell him that the overwhelming majority of gay folks are born to straight ones.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  9. Witness

    The GOP fosters this sort of bigotry. They talk "freedom" but they enable this anti-American crap.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  10. Atlbimmer

    Go to HELL pastor Worley! I have a feeling he had a white pointed cap and gown in his young days too....

    May 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • Nathan

      Americans got a good long nasty look at Islam in the last ten years. Now we are looking inward at our own nastiness and seeing a mirror image of Islam.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  11. BralenX

    I totally agree with Pastor Worley and I'm gay. We should remove all the heteros from the Hawaiian Islands and put all the gays and lesbians on them instead... Please send gourmet food.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • karen

      I'm straight, but PLEASE take me with you!

      May 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Darth Cheney

      I don't think prime real estate was what he had in mind. Better to just show up, get in his mug a bit, and watch his head blow up.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  12. LZ

    This incident is both infuriating and depressing. The worst thing is that pastors and ministers like him hold so much authority in their religious communities. They use their positions to convince their congregations that these words of hate are morally correct. Which is why I dissociated from Christianity. Too often, self-righteous religious leaders use their power to promote actions that go against the core values of their religion and religious texts. Obviously there are also some wonderful and incredible ministers and pastors that adhere to the Bible without preaching hate and serve as a shining example of the good Christianity can do. But men like Pastor Worley (and the Catholic priests that were found to have molested children) taint the Bible's message and the religion itself.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  13. Chrisitans love gays

    We now know christians are BS, thanks to this evil man and Pastor Long Dong.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Nathan

      Pastor Long Dong had an arranged settlement with his male lovers.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  14. 123

    This guy is so off base from the teachings of Jesus Christ it is simply ridiculous. Self-righteous jerk.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Ben

      Gays are terrible resilient and adaptive. This fenced in area would be rocking with talent and creativity. This highly educated group would turn that fenced in pasture into something grand in no time flat. Gays have been fenced in once before by the Nazi's. When the Jews were freed, the Americans left the gays there because the Germans convinced them that they were just common criminals to the moral code.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  15. Atlbimmer

    REALLY!!! His time for judgement is near by the looks of him anyway 🙂 . Here is the address of the church...WRITE THEM and voice your demand for him to be let go!! He is using the pulpit to preach HATE! Thats not right.
    Providence Road Baptist Church
    3283 Providence Mill Rd
    Maiden, NC 28650
    Their phone has been busy but the number is 828-428-2518 if you can get thru.
    The USPS will deliver mail!! Their website and phone may be down but the mail will still go thru 🙂

    May 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • BralenX

      I think we should burn down the church hang the pastor and burn all his followers at the stake. It's the Christian thing to do.

      May 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Keith

      When does the Bar-B-Que start?

      May 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • upstatenyman

      Yes their website seems to be down. It's bandwidth was exceeded. Thants for the other contact info Atlbimmer!

      May 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  16. GE

    I thought Jesus didn't want any to perish but ALL to come to repentance?......the fence part is a new one I gotta re read my Bible I must have missed that one

    May 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  17. One one

    This guy is great! He's the best spokesman AGAINST religion I have seen in a long time. If more guys like him come out, the churches pews will be empty in no time.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • J14

      Um, no. Some of us actually read the Book rather than listening to nutjobs like this guy. It wouldn't be Good News if this was actually what Jesus taught. He's clueless. Any idiot can blather on; that doesn't mean that what they claim to be preaching (Christianity) is actually the truth of the gospel.

      That's like saying because some KKK members go to church, that what they 'preach' is what Jesus taught.

      Obama. Colin Powell. Etc. – Christians (They don't act/talk like this nut. And neither did Jesus.)

      May 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • Keith

      Now, wouldn't that be a blessing. God would have finally answered one of our prayers

      May 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • One one

      @j14: hey, Billy Graham was down in NC preaching against gays. Are you saying he is not a "true" Christian?

      May 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • OTOH

      One one,

      Perhaps it is a start, but so many Christians just say, "That's why I'm not a Baptist... my Presbyterian, Methodist, 1st Congregational [fill in any other of the 38,000 denominations] are not like that".

      May 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  18. Jebadiah

    This guy wants to create concentration camps for the people that he hates.

    Just like Hitler did.

    Typical Romney supporter.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  19. Marc

    Homeland Security needs to check the books of the so called church and see if it's funded by al-Qeada

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

      I don't think he thought this plan through. He said that he would separate the gay men from the lesbians so that they wouldn't reproduce. Does he not know what gay is? The gay men would never touch the women and the women wouldn't dream of touching the men. Hence the word: gay!

      May 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Keith

      America funds Al Queda so we would already know. This is just the Xtain Taliban doing the work of the "Lord"

      May 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  20. Chrisitans love gays

    We now know christians are BS, thanks to this evil man.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Joe Peterson

      Really ? So you are lumping all christians together ... Just like the Nazis and Communists dehumanizing the face of those who differ, to make it easier to eliminate them later....

      May 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • J14

      So, you aren't going to vote for Obama? Is your boss a Christian? Any of your coworkers? Friends?

      May 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
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