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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. Erik W

    I love you BralenX. LMAO funny. Dude you have my eyes peeing. I will join any nation you belong to. You got'em wnere you want em. You go boy...

    May 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • Edwardo

      AGREED !!!

      May 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • ןןɐq ʎʞɔnq

      😈

      May 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  2. karnas

    hey can i be in charge of the switch i want a preacher like that.....fry the gays

    May 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Edwardo

      You make no sense... were you part of his congregation?

      May 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • sam stone

      you sure talk big, karnas.

      May 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
  3. Snow

    Yet another evidence of christian "love" for others.. whats new here? and what else can you expect..

    May 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • SophiesTrophies

      thats not Christian Love. Obvious to see. Don't blame all Professing Christian's or God because one person does or says something and attributes to someone else. Thats like me blaming all gays or all Germans because a few gays or a few Germans do something stupid. He wants to get rid of them all?! Well I think God He didn't just get rid of me, but He sent Godly men to share His Word with me and convert my life to following Righteousness and not myself. Get Rid of them? How about do what the Bible says and be kind and gentle, self controlled, and then give an answer that will be Grace and Mercy to the hearers. Thats Christian Love. Later.

      May 23, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  4. stanton

    i for one cannot believe the gutless coward's at cnn's belief page that wouldn't print my first remark's was it because i use capital's so i can see better??????

    May 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
  5. JonahBC

    2 cents from a Canadian – This dude is obviously disturbed and twisted.... sad thing is... it seems that his audience is too. Even worse.... when I viewed the video I thought to myself that his conduct is no less than an Islamic Cleric spouting off the same nonsense to his flock regarding anyone on the planet that is not "one" of them. At the end of the day it is just geography.... hate is hate....and this dude should be held accountable.

    May 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • Edwardo

      HI Canadian – I apologize for all the insanity other countries see in our country. It's a madd world, and the only people here who are viewed as sane... are actually madd. I heard someone say that today.. not sure if it makes sense.. hehhehe

      May 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  6. MuslimMan

    If a man can marry a man than surely I can take more than one wife. I can' wait to enact sharia law and beat my women senseless!

    May 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • One one

      Be careful what you wish for. You could end up with 10 mothers in law.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Shadowcandy

      @Muslim man You're half right, but who in their right mind would want more than one wife? One is enough!

      May 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • Snow

      @Shadow.. reading through the bible, I would say just about every schmuck around that time.. great men, eh?

      May 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
  7. Snowdog

    I am a Christain and I condemn what this man states. He, in no way, represents the Christain faith that teaches to love all people. Hate the sin but not the sinner. Jesus preaches love your neighbor. That is the golden ruele. Thanks CNN for posting such a distasteful article.

    May 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • AFVet

      Don't blame CNN. They are just reporting the news. In this case the news was what this "minister" said. Were you this upset when the media reported on Jerimiah Wright before the election last year? I personally believe that this man has no business being a minister and if this church allows him to remain there that the church should lose their tax excempt status.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Edwardo

      How about .. Hate the religion, not the religionist. ?? This motto of hate the sin, not the sinner, is getting old... and believe me, they hate the "sinner" !!

      May 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Snowdog

      Edwardo, what do you base that comment on. I am a Christain and I do not hate anyone. My faith tells me to love all people. You cannot make that statement based on one person. Yes, there are Christains that hate and yes there are Atheists that hate and it is wrong on both accounts.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • Mark

      I am a gay man. If love is real, how can any love be a sin?

      May 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Edwardo

      Snowdog – All I've ever heard from the public (who most of them consider themselves Xtians), is gay bashing. I heard it from day 1 at school, and all of my life (I'm 50). I grew up on a church pew. Gays were always their favorite target. Such a witch hunt! But what would one expect from a group of people that used to burn others at a stake ??

      May 22, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
  8. One one

    Pastor Worley, can we please get more videos just like this one?

    It is informative to show how Christians look in the eyes of the rest of the world.

    It makes young people ask themselves, "do I want to be this guy".

    May 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • BralenX

      You'd be surprised how many young men want to be this guy. Listen to his followers.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • Snarf

      I'm not religious but gays disgust me. No one wants to have to explain an ugly tranny to their child.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • One one

      Study finds that religion is heading toward extinction.

      Among other things it concludes:
      "religion may become extinct in Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Switzerland."

      "In 2008 those claiming no religion rose to 15 percent nationwide, with a maximum in Vermont at 34 percent,".

      "The study also found that "Americans without affiliation comprise the only religious group growing in all 50 states."

      Source: Foxnews.com, march 23, 2011

      May 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • One one

      @snarf: I don't like explaining to a child when the hear Christians preaching god sends them to hell for eternal torture if they don't believe the BS in the bible.

      May 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • Edwardo

      @Snarf – I'm so sick of people like you, using their children, to make themselves out to be a victim. Your children don't need you to explain anything.. they are intelligent little beings, and they know how to form their own opinions about others. Quit playing the victim !!

      May 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  9. stanton

    you gutless coward's are afraid to post my remark's about this red neck hypocrite from the tea potty!!!!!

    May 22, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Rev rabbi Joe

      No they can't post it which means obviously CNN is "agin it". That my friends are my favorite two words, at least for the next year or so.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  10. benji

    Whatever happened to the love of Christ?

    May 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • BralenX

      it was to gay.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
  11. eye salve

    Billy Graham preached salvation, he didn't preach against specific sins.

    One one

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

    May 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  12. BralenX

    Hate is what brings a church together. Without HATE churches around the world would cease to exist. COLD HARD FACT.

    May 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • Edwardo

      Good point !! It does seem to give them unity. Makes the members feel superior when they go to church.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • Shadowcandy

      no, that's a cold hard lie.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • BralenX

      HATRED is the most powerful force in the universe. COLD HARD FACT. "love" pales in comparison.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • jim

      Actually, I think "fear" would be a better word to use than hate. Hate is not a natural emotion, it doesnt exist in humans at birth. Fear does, though. And I think all hate has fear at its roots.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  13. Rick

    What a WONDERFUL CHRISTIAN!! That's what Jesus would do.....he hated everybody that was different from him! Onward and upward TEA-liban soldiers! After all.....we all know Jesus was a WHITE REDNECK with a brain the size of gnat testicles!

    May 22, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • Snowdog

      Rick, Jesus hated everybody??? Wow!!! I hate to be you when you come face to face with him in eternity. Jesus preached love. Of course he hated the sin, but how can you say he hated people? That is a ridiculous and ignorant statement.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  14. w234

    I think he was "agin it" LOL

    May 22, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  15. Joe

    No wonder the rest of the world laughs at us. They must think we are all religious hateful nutters!

    May 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • BralenX

      Christians are crazy hateful nutters.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  16. Logic?

    If they can't reproduce, why bother fencing them in? They would have died off millennia ago.

    May 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  17. Colin

    Dear Christians:

    God here.

    First, I do not exist. The concept of a 13,700,00,000 year old being, capable of creating the entire Universe and its billions of galaxies, monitoring simultaneously the thoughts and actions of the 7 billion human beings on this planet is ludicrous.

    Second, if I did, I would have left you a book a little more consistent, timeless and independently verifiable than the collection of Iron Age Middle Eastern mythology you call the Bible. Hell, I bet you cannot tell me one thing about any of its authors or how and why it was edited over the centuries, yet you cite them for the most extraordinary of claims.

    Thirdly, when I sent my “son” (whatever that means, given that I am god and do not mate) to Earth, he would have visited the Chinese, Ja.panese, Europeans, Russians, sub-Saharan Africans, Australian Aboriginals, Mongolians, Polynesians, Micronesians, Indonesians and native Americans, not just a few Jews. He would also have exhibited a knowledge of something outside of the Iron Age Middle East.

    Fourthly, I would not spend my time hiding, refusing to give any tangible evidence of my existence, and then punish those who are smart enough to draw the natural conclusion that I do not exist by burning them forever. That would make no sense to me, given that I am the one who elected to withhold all evidence of my existence in the first place.

    Fifth, I would not care who you do or how you “do it”. I really wouldn’t. This would be of no interest to me, given that I can create Universes. Oh, the egos.

    Sixth, I would have smited all evangelicals and fundamentalists long before this. You people drive me nuts. You are so small minded and yet you speak with such false authority. Many of you still believe in the talking snake nonsense from Genesis. I would kill all of you for that alone and burn you for an afternoon (burning forever is way too barbaric for me to even contemplate).

    Seventh, the whole idea of members of one species on one planet surviving their own physical deaths to “be with me” is utter, mind-numbing nonsense. Grow up. You will die. Get over it. I did. Hell, at least you had a life. I never even existed in the first place.

    Eighth, I do not read your minds, or “hear your prayers” as you euphemistically call it. There are 7 billion of you. Even if only 10% prayed once a day, that is 700,000,000 prayers. This works out at 8,000 prayers a second – every second of every day. Meanwhile I have to process the 100,000 of you who die every day between heaven and hell. Dwell on the sheer absurdity of that for a moment.

    Finally, the only reason you even consider believing in me is because of where you were born. Had you been born in India, you would likely believe in the Hindu gods, if born in Tibet, you would be a Buddhist. Every culture that has ever existed has had its own god(s) and they always seem to favor that particular culture, its hopes, dreams and prejudices. What, do you think we all exist? If not, why only yours?

    Look, let’s be honest with ourselves. There is no god. Believing in me was fine when you thought the World was young, flat and simple. Now we know how enormous, old and complex the Universe is.

    Move on – get over me. I did.

    God

    May 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • Joe

      LOL

      May 22, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Don Hughes

      Awesome!!!

      May 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • Edwardo

      Good read !! Thanks for posting.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • patrick

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! CLASSIC!!!

      May 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • jim

      WELL SAID! But since when did religions have anything to do with logic, or the facts?

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

      Colin, I pray for you man. You will one day face the God you say does not exist and the laugh will be on you when you are condemned to hell for eternity. No matter what you say there is a God who created this world and universe and it is laughable that yu think you are smarter than the Almighty God. If I were you I would be shaking in my boots when I am on my death bed. God loves you Colin and does not want you to perish but he will give you what you want. Separation from him for eternity.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • 5thApe

      Snowdog: Which god would that be? Why I bet I know the answer to that one.... Your god, right?

      When you understand why YOU reject all other gods you will understand why I reject yours...... Think about it.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • Snow

      "Which god would that be?" well its the one and only spaghetti monster, of course...

      and on that day, Snowdog would be churned into the hellish sauce of sinners alongside you all who reject him!!!

      All hail Spaghetti!

      May 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • AmLowLife

      I couldn't have said it better myself–the real god.

      (Sorry I'm late, I'm processing all those friggin' prayers and pricing electric fence at Home Depot. It's time consuming, ya know)

      May 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  18. capt_nemo

    More cultists on a rampage.

    May 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • JG

      You certainly convert people to your twisted little hate cause when you are unable to write a correct sentence.

      Just an observation.

      May 22, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • JG

      Comment directed at Nestor.....

      May 22, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  19. nestor

    a fence of one hundred miles are not enough

    May 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
  20. tipsana

    There will always be "hilters" in this world, using hate of another to explain his or her own failures. What is truly upsetting is that there seems to always be "good germans" willing to listen and act on that hate.

    May 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
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