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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. jojo

    Thanks God for Aids and Hell! Hey save a few buck don't feed the at all!

    May 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • BralenX

      AIDS kills more of your kind, stupid.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • fred

      No, you need to thank God for showing us a way out of this man made mess.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Wayne Michael Reich

      Ah. I was just saying that we needed an inbred to join the discussion, and here you are.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • Shadowcandy

      I don't appreciate this outright ignorant comment. Please, go do something with your life. Go to school and stay there!

      May 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  2. Keith

    Fundamentalists like this man do not know Christ. Anyone preaching hatred and intolerance does not know Christ. This man is an agent for the Devil that all the Christians are afraid of. This man will lead you to the dark side.

    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.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Shadowcandy

      YES!!

      May 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • One one

      Hey, your big spiritual leader, Billy Graham, was in NC preaching against gays. Is he not a true Christian ?

      May 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
      • Keith

        You must have not read many of my posts

        May 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • ןןɐq ʎʞɔnq

      Unfortunately your use of the phrase "doesn't really know Christ", while somewhat enlightened, in a way, is but another iteration of "only my truth is THE truth". There are 33,000 sects of Christianity. So the only way to objectively look at the "truth" is to, a priori, set up the standards which one will use to identify the truth. You never have.

      Your examination of the etymology of the word "sin" is laudatory, yet your entire system, (the "salvation paradigm"), is built on a fallacious interpretation of an Ancient Near Eastern Choas Myth, (the "fall"), and the need for a "christ"/savior in the first place. The fact is, the "salvation" paradigm was never spoken of in first gospel, (Mark), and in fact developed historically when Saul of Tarsus first introduced it into the developing cult, because of the influence on him of the Greek mystery cults, (which is where he got it), and then was grafted onto the cult, and into the other gospels which were written AFTER he had first fought with the James community in Jerusalem. The concept of an "immortal soul", (which required "saving"), was unknown in the Old Testament.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
      • Keith

        You are “preaching to the choir" as some might say. Paul (Saul of Tarsus) is not on my reading list and the worst book in the King James bible, Revelations, was written by John of Patmos, a man that would have probably killed Christians had they revealed themselves to him. I spent about 25 years studying theology in order to heal myself from being raised by Fundamentalist Christians.

        It never was my intention to insinuate that "My Truth" was the way. My personal belief is "Christ" centered but there is no church, that I know of, that would accept me as a "Christian"

        It is nice to have a discussion with someone who has worked through some of these issues and obviously has done some serious research.

        May 22, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • ןןɐq ʎʞɔnq

      Sorry Keith. I've been "away". There used to be a "different" Keith. 😈

      May 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
      • Keith

        I learned something, thanks

        May 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  3. BralenX

    We gays are the chosen people. God loves us the most.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Mike

      Sadly, no. God created Dog in her image, and we've been spelling it backwards ever since.

      Gay people are just people like everyone else. And Dog loves them all without reservation or judgement, as it should be.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  4. God

    Pastor Worley will soon be meeting with my friends the Taliban for further discussions on how to get rid of gays.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  5. HappyMadison

    What's interesting is that Pastor Worley believes that once all the gay genes die off, than there will be no more gay people. So he is both promoting evolution and the fact that people are born gay. He doesn't realize how progressive he is.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Kevin

      True

      May 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • LivinginVA

      He also seems to ignore the fact that it's overwhelmingly straight folks who are having gay kids.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  6. Rick_BOS

    The Gays and Lesbians have tried to stuff down our throats their perverted CHOSEN lifestyle. Stay in the closet and STOP forcing your desires on the rest of humanity.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • HappyMadison

      Are you sure that you want to admit that you had something stuffed down your throat by a gay person?

      May 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Mike

      Project much?

      May 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • God

      Sounds to me like someone is trying to keep his repressed desires in the closet. C'mon Rick, let it out. You'll feel so much better about yourself.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • BralenX

      Last time I checked, it is YOU who keeps telling the gays to be straight.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Satan

      Isn't "Rick" short for Richard? And isn't the other shortened version of Richard "Dick"? You like your name? LMAO

      May 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Marvin

      And you and your bigoted cronies have pushed you agenda down my throat so please go to your outhouse, pick your teeth, beat your wife and get over it.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • sam

      Rick, did you swallow?

      May 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • DOCJ

      Yes force your views on them that is way more appropriate.Another Bigot using an outdated text (the bible) because they are closeted from themselves. While your at it lets get slavery going again and find a camp to but women in when they are going through their unclean period. After all just following the bible right. Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all, not just the ones you agree with. Religious views have no right to be made into laws to govern a people. Your just as radical as the Taliban, what we need to do is build a compound for stone age thinkers as yourself.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "The Gays and Lesbians have tried to stuff down our throats their perverted CHOSEN lifestyle"

      There are hundreds of thousands of experts that have proven you wrong and you just can't handle the fact your prejudce isn't based on any real facts. 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."

      May 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  7. Sane

    Christianity is a choice and a disgusting lifestyle of hate and bigotry.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • LivinginVA

      No, there are plenty of Christians who are not hateful. For every Christian who uses the Bible to justify bigotry and hate, there are several others who are loving and open-minded.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Shadowcandy

      Sounds like selective perception to me. I've seen both sides of the fence and can assure you that Christianity is not what you think it is. You're letting yourself be decieved by people like that preacher in the video.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  8. BralenX

    God created gays in his image.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Rick_BOS

      Bull,,, if you believe that than I have a bridge to sell you.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  9. Kevin

    That is not representative of God's heart AT ALL.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  10. BralenX

    God created gays to bring beauty to our world... Your welcome.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  11. ProudGayChristian

    It's sad when people like this use God's house to preach hate. Jesus didn't preach hate. I'm a gay Christian. I know that may be hard to believe in this day and age, but no one is going to tell me that God doesn't love me. I agree though that hating on all Christians is not the answer. It's just sad that people like this get this much attention. You know he's loving the attention he's getting.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  12. BralenX

    My gayness is a blessing from God.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • Shadowcandy

      Whoe ever told you that is an outright liar, and you're a fool to believe it!

      May 22, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • BralenX

      Are you calling God a liar?!

      May 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Jackson

      Shadowcandy, kindly share with us the conversation in which God appointed you as his spokesperson.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • Shadowcandy

      Not God, simple logic. If Gayness was a blessing, I wouldn't be here discussing this with you and all would be fine without any contraversy. But obviously not!

      May 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Rick_BOS

      Remember what God did to Sodom and Gomorrah and start ducking,,, you escaped Aids but won't escape the next Apocalypse

      May 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • GrammarRighteousGayManWhoIsLovedByGod

      Hey Shadowcandy, I guess God didn't bless you with the ability to spell, huh?

      May 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • sam

      @Shadowcandy – so, the wrongness of being gay caused you to click on the link and enjoy this fine article? Pray tell, was it the pastor's cray-cray that appealed to you more, or the spirited discussions in the comments?

      May 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  13. Satan

    Why are gay people being forced to pay taxes to the U.S.? Why should they? They aren't respected as human beings, have no rights, and, apparently, according to Christian psychotics whom WE ALLOW TO VOTE should be exterminated. What do gays do to anyone that warrants such vitrolic hatred? You know what? I think all Southern Christians should be put into a fenced in area too...with all their guns, and bibles, and bigotry. Except we don't give them any food. Let them reproduce all they want...until there's a food shortage and they all go to war with each other over the last remaining turnip (or whatever they eat down there). They can pray for each other before killing themselves off.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • Rick_BOS

      Better yet,, send them off to the Muslims countries where they will be beheaded for their CHOSEN, PERVERTED, DEVIATED lifestyle.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • sam

      FYI Rick, abusing commas gets you beheaded in this country. That's what I heard.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  14. Shadowcandy

    Ok. I understand many of you are offended, and rightfully so! But don't fall into the trap of hypocrisy. He's only one Christian, he doesn't represent all of us. So please, don't group us all in the same category with this idiot. He needs Jesus!

    May 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • One one

      Hey, your big spiritual leader, Billy Graham, was in NC preaching against gays. Is he not a true Christian ?

      May 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • LivinginVA

      Yes indeed! The problem is that people who behave the way Christ did – taking care of the less fortunate, living their life as an example of God's love – do not, by definition, stand up and say "look at me, I'm a Christian – see how superior I am!"

      May 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • Jackson

      Hypocrisy? Like when conservatives talk about family values, and then fly off to see their mistress?

      Hypocrisy? Like when the church condemns gays, but shields pedophiles?

      Hypocrisy? Like when the church sinks millions of dollars into politics, but lets people go poor, starving, without adequate clothing or shelter?

      That kind of hypocrisy? Is that what you mean?

      May 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Shadowcandy

      No Jackson, your post is the hypcrosy I'm referring to. You stereotype all Christians instead of looking at the individual. Doing that puts you on the same level as any preacher that condems gays. That's all I'm saying.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Jen

      So says the person who just said something offensive to BralenX. You're just like the pastor!

      May 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Shadowcandy

      Who are you to say it offended him? Two people can have different meanings of 'offend'. Maybe I've offended you, and if that's the case then I apologize : )

      May 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  15. 5thApe

    Religion is so sick. Its a virus of the mind. Just look at this man. He knows a god exists and claims to know its mind. Religion does poison everything. So sick.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • Shadowcandy

      Perhaps it's people poisoning Religion. Just a thought.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  16. BralenX

    Straight people can't seem to get enough of us gay folk. Why do we facinate you breeders so much? I don't sit around thinking about what you crazy straights do to each other in the privacy of your own bedrooms.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  17. Richard

    Man, if this guys peaks for God, God can...well you get my point.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  18. Kindness

    thought to consider without a typical ego response

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Let go and let god".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from som other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    Your all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome .

    May 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • YeahRight

      "You're all smart people . I tell the truth."

      LMAO You're all smart people . I tell the truth.= EGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That makes your whole post moot!

      May 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • 5thApe

      Jesus and your god is nothing but bronze aged myth. Grow up.

      May 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
  19. midwest rail

    The big lie as practiced by today's faux Christian – " love the sinner, hate the sin ". Just like " Pastor " Worley.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  20. One one

    Christians, Take a good long look. This is how MANY of you appear to the growing numbers of non-believers.

    May 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
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