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.”
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Heteros are the ones who are using the equipment wrong. When it comes to physical pleasure, GAYS are the ones using the equipment the way GOD inteneded.
Gee, is that what you really need to say to justify your position? Be careful Your ignorance is showing
Wow you are a lost cause.
Thank god you aren't raising children
Calling people namessaying you hate them and saying they are going to hell are bad enough in postings. But just today i have seen "kick them out" of the country, "fence them" in and even – yes – kill them (not just here). Advocating illegality and even murder. By those that say they follow Jesus and "love" those they are talking about. I am an old fashioned Christian straight lady supporting marriage equality. Many of those extreme posters will say I am not Christian. You are right in your terms. I am not your kind of Christian. Thankfully.
I have a much better idea: Don't make or take any taxes from Gays/Lesbians, you don't give them any rights anyway ... let them live here income tax free (No Federal or State Taxes – any state that won't allow them status)..OR only make them pay half of the normal tax rates since you don't give them full rights anyway. Let's see what that does to your economy?
Jesus said being wealthy was a sin, does he support the same methods for them as well?
You know who needs to get put in a pen. Retarded rednecks that can't even speak proper English and call themselves Americans, like this so called pastor.
Look how the hate bleeds out of these gays. Hating people who are actually born different.
The perverted mind is truly a storage area of freakdom
I must admit, I have to agree with you Arioch. Southerners are the Taliban of America. They have no idea of what the hell is going on and are, for the most part, still believing in garbage religion which for the most part has died off in Europe and England about 200 years ago. I don't know why these people are so dumb but for some odd reason they are.
Yes,the State pen.
How many people was the guy "preaching" to? A handful? Let's just say all posters who lump all Christians into this guy's hate speech are as bigoted as he is.
I've been to North Carolina, that place has the biggest collection of morons I'd see up until that point in my life...then I went to Alaska, beautiful country, people are almost retarded there as well. But don't get me wrong, North Carolina is home to a plethora of extraordinarily dumb people, they're still babbling about Jesus and what not, might as well be believing in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy.
I guess everybody where you're from fits right in at the genius level. It must be wonderful to live in paradise
Good lord the guy can't even talk or form a proper sentence. I guess there is no education requirement to be a preacher, maybe that contributes to their ignorance.
Undeniably this guy is an idiot and does not represent what good Christians and Christianity are about. Yet by stereotyping preachers and attacking religion in general, you show that you are insecure and not really comfortable with who you are. You attack others in a feeble attempt to justify yourself and your erroneous opinions
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
“An Ass put on a Lion's skin and went
About the forest with much merriment,
Scaring the foolish beasts by brooks and rocks,
Till at last he tried to scare the Fox.
But Reynard, hearing from beneath the mane
That Raucous voice so petulant and vain,
Remarked. O' Ass, I too would run away,
But that I know your old familiar bray'.
That's just the way with asses, just the way.”
― Aesop(620-560 BC)
You should have quoted the scorpion and the turtle.
Huh? No wonder the Bible can be interpeted thousands of ways – unless you lived 2000 years, it just doesn't make sense!
defiancedan, Jesus told us to stay humble in order to comprehend His spiritual truth.
Perhaps you mean the "Scorpion and the Frog". Yeah, that works too... with Christianity and all of its big promises being the Scorpion. There is no verified evidence that these promises for a supernatural eternity.
"Jesus told us to stay humble in order to comprehend His spiritual truth."
Based on your posts here you failed.
Pity the moron has no clue that this will not solve anything, as new ones are born every day.
If he is so intolerant, maybe *he* needs to live behind the electric fence.
The funny thing is that gays don't realize that their behavior stems from molestation by a member of the same sx. They aren't born that way. Its really a vicious cycle of perverted abuse perpetrated by each generation of twisted freaks.
You're and idiot.
Zero science to back up your statement, and you use a false name to post it.
Thank you, your complete lack of credibility shows why gay rights will continue to advance. The opposition shows nothing but ignorance, hatred, and bigotry.
"The funny thing is that gays don't realize that their behavior stems from molestation by a member of the same sx. They aren't born that way. Its really a vicious cycle of perverted abuse perpetrated by each generation of twisted freaks."
With all that lying you are definitely NOT a Christian. What so stupid about your post is you were to lazy to do any research on this subject. The experts have proven you WRONG.
he American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of SocialWorkers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured."
Sounds like you two are the one with the hate.
The state will make the decision for you then you can go and get help like a kiddie diddler should. Toodles!
"Sounds like you two are the one with the hate."
Yours is not founded on real facts, that makes you pathetic.
Don't feed the trolls
I didn't realize that doctors had figured out what makes someone gay, other than a sick mind. I'm sure thats a widely accepted view. Not
You are an idiot. Being gay is something you are born with. Molestation has nothing to do with it . . . unless you are a sick pervert like you.
I'm sure you be surprised how these people work to spread their disgusting ways. They penetrated the catholic church to attack boys and most catholics are anti gay.
If gay marriage should be legal then by default so should NAMBLA.
Rachel, trauma comes in many forms, not only physical.
"I didn't realize that doctors had figured out what makes someone gay, other than a sick mind. I'm sure thats a widely accepted view. Not"
More prejudice and bigotry not based on any real facts, that's pathetic.
Rachel FYI information I was NOT molested as a child by anyone. So your point is moot. Gay people don't like nambla more than straight people do. Please don't compare nambla with gay people....we reject them.
We love NAMBLA! Its like fly paper for little boys!
If there is a just God it is pretty clear that he wouldn't pick that preacher as one of his messengers.
No one needs a preacher to interpret that fact that gay people are using the equipment wrong. Biology can tell you that.
"No one needs a preacher to interpret that fact that gay people are using the equipment wrong. Biology can tell you that."
You need to take a real biology class being gay is totally normal. Heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Both have been documented in many different cultures and historical eras. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in this country to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience.
Was that research published in a dream or in the back of some dirty magazine? Sounds made up
No, that opinion is based on a lifetime of research. I left the world of the Fundamentalist Christians when I was 16 and 50 years later I am surer than ever that it was the right thing to do.
Being blind and having 20/20 vision are natural forms of vision.
Sociopathic behavior is natural in the society for 1 out of 72 people.
I could use some help in just what are you trying to say natural is? Ho-mo$exual tendencies are certainly outside the standard distribution curve for determining what is "typical" as to $exuality. Beastiality and pederasty seems natural to some. What are you really saying?
Yeah, the original debate was spiritual truth versus carnal lies.
"Being blind and having 20/20 vision are natural forms of vision.
Sociopathic behavior is natural in the society for 1 out of 72 people.
I could use some help in just what are you trying to say natural is? Ho-mo$exual tendencies are certainly outside the standard distribution curve for determining what is "typical" as to $exuality. Beastiality and pederasty seems natural to some. What are you really saying?"
LMAO thanks for showing you don't know this subject very well. I was quoting the experts, hundreds of thousands of them. LOL! The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of SocialWorkers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured."
I don't guess you are not replying to me, I have no idea what you are talking about
"Yeah, the original debate was spiritual truth versus carnal lies."
Lying is a sin, you can't even follow one of the basic ten commandments. LMAO!
What does mental disorder have to do with what is natural or not? It is very natural for testostrine ladden young man to chase after females and it is not a mental disorder. If he starts to go after a bull or a boy are you saying it is still simply natural ? Is it normal? At what point does it become unnatural or not so normal?
Lust is very natural and normal yet the Biblle says it is sin. The godless trash the Bible and sin. Do the godless classify the lust after flesh natural and normal?
If God = Love and Satan = Hate then Pastor Charles L. Worley = ?
The work of the Lord sure does require an evil morbidity.
Didn't the bible say let he who is without sin cast the first stone ? I guess Christians forgot to read their bibles.
christians don't even know where their bible came from
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
"2 Corinthians 10:3-5"
They should make the punishment for preaching hate and ignorance going back to school
They would need bigger 4th grade chairs.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and give the guy the benefit of a doubt. I'm guessing he wasn't serious about the fence and was trying to illustrate a point about there being no natural purpose for gay feelings (ie, does not lead to reproduction or aid in survival at all).
Natural population control. Did you ever think of that? If there is one thing I've learned about life and the universe is that there is a master plan. One thing had to occur before the next thing could take place. This is repeated over and over and over throughout the history of the planet. Gays are not a mistake. A plan is in place. You are not privy to it and the bible is a pitiful excuse for a clear understanding.
And you would be wrong.
You must not of read the post below. If you put straight men in one fence, and straight women in a separate fence there wouldn't be any reproduction either. The guy is an idiot.
I somtimes wish Jesus would hurry and come back yet the fact is if he came alot of my friends would be left behind... its worth putting up with this nut cake world for their sake to keep praying my friends accept
Christ. These pastors who preach this stuff are not presenting the gospell and alot of people are being turned the wrong way and the truth is the scripture says that people who make people stumble should have a stone tied around their neck and cast into the water. He should fear God and watch what he says and how he says it... The scripture teaches to judge those who are in the church... not those outside of the church... he may end up with an electric fence around his church even though there is no need... he is not reproducing Christianity anyway...
Christian divorce=living in the sin of adultry is worse than being gay....if you leave your spouse and act like your in another marraige you are lying to yourself...you are a continued adulterer...of course unless you were abused , than it wasnt a real marriage...so there is some room sometime, but to leave just to leave for lust...no
There is no such thing as a sin that is worse than another. Only consequences can be worse than others. The sins are all exactly the same and come from exactly the same place – selfish pride.
outside the minds of people there is no sin at all
Is there a name for the sin of butchering the English language... and the rules of grammar and spelling which facilitate intelligible communication?!
Sin is an English word, which is actually an archery term, meaning to "miss the mark” It is actually a pretty good word and does impart the meaning of the Hebrew and Aramaic words they were trying to translate.
You don’t burn in everlasting He ll fire for missing the target, you just shoot again.
Hillbilly fundamentalists invented much of what we have to endure as Christianity today. They are no different than the Islamist in Afghanistan, ignorant uneducated Zealots. They did not ever read anything except the King James Bible, they knew no history of the book they were reading from and were basically ignorant of history. Never the less, there are millions of people following ignorant false teachers calling themselves Christians.
This pastor is a prime example of an ignorant uneducated hillbilly trying to interpret "Gods" word when he isn't qualified. I am sure just like others before him he will continue to spread his message of hate and intolerance.
2011, All sins blinds the sinner.
"2011, All sins blinds the sinner."
And since your bible tells you everyone is a sinner than you are blind too. LMAO!
That there people, is Satans envoy. A demon from hell. Men of God preach love and good. This guy preaches hate. You do the math.
That's Christians for ya, kill em all and let God sort it out.
This guy is just like the Baptist preachers I was forced to listen to when I was a kid.
Anger, hate, fear, all wrapped up in a "We must pray for them."
Yep. Ya got it right there you young whipper snapper. All them there gays and lesbians should all be killed! Heck I even got a shotgun right here!
@Badpolitx...actually, that's not "Christians for ya." You get one loon today, maybe another tomorrow, who sticks his foot in is mouth and then equate to all–think about the thousands of Christian churches and the thousands of sermons given each Sunday. If this is all that was preached, there would be very few believers. To read this blog, you'd think the only sermons given can be summarized as: "hate, gay, abortion, hate, gay, gay, hate, abortion, hate, gay." That's absurd. It doesn't happen that way.
God hates Gays, but he loves all Pedo-Pastors and gullible christians.