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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."

My Take: The Bible condemns a lot, but here's why we focus on homosexuality

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.

My Take: The Christian case for gay marriage

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. Voice of Reason

    Northstar, Marvel’s first openly gay superhero, is going to tie the knot with his boyfriend in mainstream comics’ first same-s*ex wedding in an upcoming issue of “Astonishing X-Men.”

    May 22, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • Casey

      Too cool!

      May 22, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
  2. Casey

    Elvisisback – How about you stop the judging? Matt. 7:1 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged."

    May 22, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Elvisisback

      Casey, you don't even understand the scripture.

      That scripture does not mean stop judging what God has deemed to be a sin, but it refers to stop judging others when you are guilty of the same.

      It is laughable when folks try to use the Bible in their arguments and they have ever studied to understand the context.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      "Elvis" is a troll and an idiot. . .you can't reason with someone THAT stupid.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • Elvisisback

      Should read "have never studied..."

      May 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • Elvisisback

      Yeah, that's always a winning argument. Just call everyone stupid. That really works if you have nothing else to say.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
    • Dorothy

      It appears that Casey knows scripture better than you Elvisisback. Your name says it all.....you live in a fantasy world.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
    • Casey

      Elvisback – God has not deemed h o m o s e x u a l i t y to be a sin. The Bible does not condemn h o m o s e x a l i t y when it is put in historical and cultural context and read using reason, as Jesus did.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      "Elvis" I'm not calling EVERYONE stupid.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
  3. Brad

    That'll be one hell of a party inside that fence, I'll tell you what.

    May 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      It would probably end up looking like some posh resort. . . .and all the str8s would end up having to pay a cover-charge while waiting in long lines, wanting to get in through the gates. LOL

      May 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
  4. Ludwig

    This is really sad. It is terrible when a person like this takes a religion based on love and turns it into one based on his personal hate. I only hope one day Pastor Worley comes to understand the true meaning of Christianity – which is not a set of rules or a black and white view of the world, but really is one simple concept – love.

    May 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Casey

      Ludwig – Well said!

      May 22, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      Love has always existed. . . even many thousands of years ago when the first parents of our species nurtured and cared for their offspring in much much harsher conditions that what any of us are used to today in a country such as this.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  5. Perfect LOVE ministry Saugus ma

    A false teacher Jesus warned us of in sheep cloths...beware! God is love, Jesus commands we LOVE our enimies... no love no GOD

    May 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ Perfect LOVE ministry Saugus ma

      Perfect love is the symmetry of Life! The consumation of and the consuming for!

      May 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      A Serpent's Thought. . .it looks like you need to go open a science book a learn a little about life then.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
  6. O.S. Bird

    More Christian hate....sigh...

    May 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      Well at least they can't actually imprison us, torture us then burn us at the stake the way they've done in the past for hundreds of years for disagreeing with the bible or church leaders. . .I guess there's SOME improvement.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
  7. goddog

    That free will god gave you... gone. In the end you will have your free will taken from you (if you still believe that stupid book). Can't have dissent in heaven, ya know? What? You wont need it? I hope not because you wont have a choice. Who wants to be a zombie?

    May 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Elvisisback

      You won't have free will in H ell either!

      May 22, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
  8. Casey

    Being gay is not a sin. The Bible does not condemn h o m o s e x u a l i t y when it is put in historical and cultural context and read using reason, as Jesus did. There are many gay Christians who love Christ with all of their heart, and I am one of them.

    May 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Elvisisback

      Oh puh leeze.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      You shouldn't let people f&^k with your mind. Just be yourself and be a good person to others; that's just common sense.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • Dorothy

      Of course being gay is not a sin. Only an idiot would think it was.....this minister being a prime example.....just listen to him and you can tell from his grammar alone that his IQ doesn't get past two digits.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  9. D McLeod

    I am a Christian and a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. I cannot believe the words that I have just read. If I had been sitting in his congregation, I would have walked out after making my objection clear. Surely he understands that God created us all, and we are all children of the same Creator. What a sad day when a man who professes to be a man of God passes judgment on others and to threaten ther existence with the punishment he set forth. He is compared to Hitler who put himself on a pedestal and condemned because others did not meet his criteria for a "perfect world." That is too scary! And such a prejudiced man speaking from the pulpit. Hope they fire him!

    May 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • If horses had Gods ... their Gods would be horses

      I wonder how many walked out after making a clear objection? I'd bet not a one! That's how this stuff works on people, they don't actually believe any of it but they won't say so in public, which leaves everyone thinking everyone else agrees.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
    • Elvisisback

      You may be a Christian, but you aren't a very smart one.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      What's really sad is that CNN and others have already interviewed some of the congregants of that church and they fully support everything he said. . .so sad. Others in the same town also told visiting news reporters that his entire church is known for being intolerant of others to an extreme. Sad that damage that one man can do.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      Elvis, quit being a troll.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • John

      As a Christian I totally agree.
      It's a shame that some pastors have been preaching their own political rhetoric in some churches and pawning it off as the bible/Christianity. If this man actually reads the word of God he would know that it is not his job to be judging others (Luke 6:36) and the bible wants us to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 30:31). People that preach hate are usually the ones with skeletons in the closet.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
    • Observer

      Elvisisback,

      "You may be a Christian, but you aren't a very smart one.'

      Keep judging others. You're doing a GREAT job demonstrating Christian hypocrisy.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
  10. A Serpent's Thought

    Psalms 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight [are but] as yesterday when it is past, and [as] a watch in the night.

    2Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

    May 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • Observer

      Yep. Really foolish, isn't it?

      May 22, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ Observer

      If only one could but grasp the meanings of such scripture then maybe one could finally unlock the secrets of God and His Kingdom and our being but Gods temples wherein God does dwell!

      May 22, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What is with the "do" and "does" before every verb, you nimrod?

      May 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @A Serpent's Thought, If you think that it's complicated to grasp what is being said about a day being a thousand days... don't venture into quantum physics. I love how religious people always think they have the intellectual upper hand. I'm sure it allows them a momentary, self-deluded confirmation of their vast intellect.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What seems to be your b.i.t.c.h.i.n.e.s.s now coming from? Too many dipstcks and too few holes and not enough hands to hold with?

      May 22, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why don't you just answer the question, Snakey?

      May 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ GodFreeNow

      And what are you? A quantumn Physicist?

      May 22, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      A Serpent's Thought, you can "unlock' the "mysteries" of the things written in the OT by imagining that you live in the Bronze Age and know nothing about how the planet, stars and universe work. Only then will you be able to understand where some of the idiotic crap in the bible comes from.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @A Serpent's Thought, I'm a realist living in this thing we call reality. As such I rely on evidence for my beliefs. Quantum physics is just one of the many ways you can begin to understand reality. However, if I were you, I'd start with something more elementary like logic and basic reasoning.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
  11. Dorothy

    So what he's saying is that there is a God who would condemn somebody for loving another person with his or her whole heart, mind,, soul, and body. Hmmmmmm......not somebody a good person would really want to spend eternity with is it? Sounds more like the devil than God who he is talking about.

    May 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • LivinginVA

      Agreed. I was always taught that God is Love. My God would never condemn someone for being loving.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
  12. polycarp pio

    To those of you my brethern who believe the bible, no explaination is necessary, to those of you who are heathen unbelievers no explaination is possible. PP

    May 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      Go f*uck yourself!

      May 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      Oh no thanks, I prefer to worship spaghetti. . . . at least I can prove that spaghetti actually exists.

      May 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Colin

      on the contrary, an explanation that made sense and was supported by evidence would be warmly accepted. But, let's face it, that will never happen.

      May 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      Voice of Reason, best response yet! Short and to the point. Two thumbs up.

      May 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • LivinginVA

      The problem, you see, is that you define "believing the Bible" differently from how many other people define it. Assuming that everyone will read it and reach the same conclusions you did is reaching.

      May 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • If horses had Gods ... their Gods would be horses

      Keep self reinforcing PP, that's how it works.

      May 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • Elvisisback

      Excellent post and some of the posts below validate your remarks.

      May 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      BWahhahhhhaha! An idiot who thinks "explaination" is a word is telling me how to interpret the written word! What a hoot.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      "to those of you who are heathen unbelievers no explaination is possible"
      At first read, this seems like a clever post... that is, until you realize what it's saying.... for unbelievers, no explanation is possible. Yes... we already know that. We call it, impossible. That's why we don't drink the coolaid. If explanation were possible, your circle would be increased by really intelligent, reasoning people. Without them, you'll only be surrounded by emotion-driven people. Enjoy your supersti.tion.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  13. polycarp pio

    Folks I implore you to repent and stop sinning and be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ( the only mediator between God and man), please give this matter very serious consideration for the time is short. Thank you. PP

    May 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      Any relation to the Rev. Fred Phelps? I've heard that inbreeding was a big problem in that family.

      May 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • If horses had Gods ... their Gods would be horses

      PP .. If either of them would show up I'd be happy to hold discussions, but if you're actually suggesting I mediate to myself .. then you're really just suggesting I convince myself to believe.

      May 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      "Poly Carp", it's obvious someone's done a major mind f&^k on your tiny little brain. I would be really p o'd if I were you.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Peppy

      Jesus, performer of many miracles. Walked on water, turned water to wine, raised people from the dead. Yet with all of his powers he couldn't perform a simple barrel roll. Why didn't he do a barrel roll?

      May 22, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Polycarp, you're a dimwit. Get an education.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  14. bill henschel

    Almost as bad as Pastor Jerimiah Wright. Almost, but not quite.

    May 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  15. Elvisisback

    Rev. Worley needs some speaking lessons, but he has it about right otherwise.

    May 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • Kandric

      A new round of Concentration Camps? How is that EVER right?

      May 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Elvisisback

      Kandric, how is one man poking another man EVER right?

      May 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Kandric

      When they love each other very much and want to express their love in a physical form.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Elvis, when is a man 'poking' a woman right?

      Oh, wait, you think 'poking' is the best description of what you wish you could do, if only you had an actual d!ck and someone who wanted it.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
  16. GodFreeNow

    Once you accepted that there's a magical being in the sky who made the world less than 10k years ago and committed genocide once because he didn't like what his creation was doing, it's not a great leap to accept that people who think or act differently than you are abominations. If you can get someone to swallow the first bit, you can sell them anything.

    May 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • Brahman

      well said, bravo

      May 22, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  17. Leeroy

    That old coot is certainly missing the mark. But that still doesn't make the sin he's referring to any less a sin. Good thing we can focus on more up-lifting aspects of the scriptures repentance, forgiveness, change, the atonement, etc. 🙂

    May 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      How do you know it's a "sin"? Suppose someone told you it was a sin to love the person you are attracted to right now? That you couldn't marry that person or have s3x with her/him, ever?

      Think you'd obey that ruling? No, you wouldn't. Why should anyone else?

      May 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • DeeCee1000

      "Sin"? Your ignorance is the real "sin". Do your fellow man a huge favor and go open a science book. . .read something intelligent for a change PLEASE !

      May 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • Leeroy

      Just as with any sin, we have a choice. Of course, the world would have us think otherwise. But don't fool yourself. You can change your ways. We all can. We all have weaknesses and need to turn them into strengths. That's why we're here.

      May 22, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Suppose God said it was a "sin" for you to love a woman, LEEROY? Suppose the Bible said that it was wrong for you to be attracted to her? That you couldn't have ever marry her and that if you had s3x with her outside of marriage you'd be dam3d to hell? Would you "choose" not to become celibate then?

      Hell, no, you wouldn't. Why should anyone else do so?

      May 22, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Leeroy

      Tom Tom, it doesn't say that. Suppose if I had wings. I could fly. But I don't. Suppose all you want. It will not change the facts. Sorry Bro.

      May 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Answer the question, LEEROY. Suppose it DID say that? How would you feel about the idea of simply sublimating your love and desire for a woman because God supposedly demanded it? Would you obey? Answer and stop stalling.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Observer

      Leeroy,

      "Just as with any sin, we have a choice. Of course, the world would have us think otherwise. But don't fool yourself. You can change your ways. We all can."

      So are you going to apparently change your mind and now support slavery?
      So are you going to apparently change your mind and now support the inferiiority of women?
      So are you going to apparently change your mind and now support discrimination against the handicapped?

      May 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And I'm not your "bro" you fvckwit. You wouldn't be my "bro" if you were the last soul on earth.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Colin

      What you have, leeroy, is a 2,000 year old colelction of writings by people we know nothing about making claims they knew nothing about for the purpose of explaining a natural universe that nobody at the time knew anything about.

      I can understand an Iron Age Palestinian sheep herder thinking he could avoid death by pleasing some hokey sky-fairy, but educated people today? I mean, come on..

      May 22, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • Leeroy

      As they say, the truth causes some to become so angry. You two are perfect examples of that. Wow. Such anger. Is that caused by guilt? Perhaps you guys should consider some changes in your lives. 😉

      May 22, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • Leeroy

      Make that three. 😉

      May 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      LEEROY, you're a moron. I'm straight, married, and female. I've BEEN married to the same person for over 30 years.

      Now answer the goddam& question, you lying sack of poo.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • Leeroy

      Tom Tom, isn't it awesome that I don't have to answer your silly, misguided question. How does that make you feel? It's all about choices Sistah named Tom. 😉

      May 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Thanks for admitting that not only don't you have to answer, you can't.

      Impotent little turd. Proof that sh1t doesn't roll uphill.

      I appreciate the confession, LEEDOLT.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
    • Observer

      Leeroy,

      Don't worry about running away from answering questions. Christians frequently do.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Run away, LEEROY! Run! Bwawk! Chicken sh!t, bwawk! Run, coward!

      May 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
  18. Observer

    The Bible:

    on gays – it is a "sin" and an "abomination"

    on child molesters – NO COMMENT

    The Bible has it's priorities.

    May 22, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      R@pe and the murder of women and children seems to be okay as well... as is slavery. What a lovely thing to teach children.

      May 22, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • Leeroy

      I guess you missed the versus about harming a child and tying a stone around your neck and being cast into the sea? And how much Jesus loved children and would never consider harming one. BTW, fornication is also a sin and this would fit there . . . just more abominable. So, in other words, you're wrong.

      May 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • Observer

      Leeroy,

      I'm still waiting for you to tell me where the Bible calls child molesting a "sin" or even an "abomination".

      May 22, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @Leeroy, I thought Jesus WAS god as the trinity. God ordered the murder of women and children and killed all of the rest of them, including presumably unborn children still in the womb during the great flood. Have you actually read the bible? Jesus also told people to forsake their families. Forget about that part?

      May 22, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Leeroy

      I responded and it didn't post. Basically, I said if you think it's okay to hurt a child in any way, you're wrong. It doesn't matter what the scriptures say in your head. It's wrong on many levels. It's common sense and against just about every religion's Values . . . common Values over the entire earth. Yes, there are people like you misinterpretting things. But it's still wrong.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Leo

      God took clear vengence on those that come and kill his people, just as he will come against those same people in the end.

      2 Peter 2:6
      and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter;

      Jude 1:7
      just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Leo

      GodFree, You can not escape God, just by not believing in him. You are givin a free choice to believe or not, for it is your decision alone that will make the difference in the end.

      The last day scriptures are being fulfilled before our eyes, Israel, the hatred of Christianity and the hatred within so called Christianity, but these things were promised 2000 years ago.

      Matthew 24

      9 “ Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Snowdog

      Wrong observer. The Bible condemns all sin including people that hurt children. You are all so blinded with hate it is unreal.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Observer

      Leeroy,

      "Yes, there are people like you misinterpretting things. But it's still wrong."

      "misinterpret" what? The Bible never condemsn child molesting as a sin or abomination.

      READ it sometime.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Observer

      Snowdog,

      WRONG. Give me ONE QUOTE from the Bible that labels child molesting as a "SIN" or even an "ABOMINATION".

      Still waiting.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • Observer

      Leo,

      What did the Bible SPECIFICALLY say was the "sin of Sodom"? Was it being gay? Yes or no?

      May 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • Leeroy

      Observer, I think we've decided to ignore your silliness and leave you to bark at the moon. 🙂 Good night lost soul.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • Snowdog

      Observer, so, in your eyes, if the Bible does not call out child molesting as a sin then God approves it? That is ridiculous. God hates all forms of sin and hurting, abusing people is a sin.

      And he went on, "What comes out of a person is what defiles, for evil designs come out of the heart: theft, murder, adultery, jealousy, greed, maliciousness, deceit, indecency, slander, pride and folly. All these evil things come from within and make a person unclean." (Mk 7:20-23)

      May 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
    • Leeroy

      Wow, you guys got me soooo good! I'm no match for your brilliance and word choices. Good night. 🙂

      May 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Well, kudos for admitting you're not honest, knowledgeable, or courageous.

      Beat it, loser.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      @Leo, I know from your perspective you must think that I'm trying to escape god by not believing in him. This is a typical one-sided observation. Am I trying to escape Santa Clause by not believing in him? Or elves? If a god wants my belief, he's going to have to do a better job at providing evidence. Further, if a god wants my devotion and worship, he's going to have to be far more loving, mature and benevolent than the god of the bible. That guy's a jerk.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
    • Leeroy

      @GodFreeNow, you want "proof". Be careful what you ask for. 😉

      May 23, 2012 at 4:58 am |
  19. Meerelda

    I cannot believe that in this day and time, people are still quoting that antiquated, ridiculous piece of fiction for the singular purpose of hurting one another. Good Grief!

    May 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • Snowdog

      The Bible is as real and alive today as it was 2000 years ago. It is still the most sold and sought out book in the world today.

      100 million bibles are sold each year worldwide. The New Yorker confirms that it is the best-selling book in history and outsells all other books every year.

      Look it up for yourself. It is a fact.

      May 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
  20. If horses had Gods ... their Gods would be horses

    Why do you believers want to be with a God(s)? To what end, what's the point of eternal sameness, even if it's bliss?

    May 22, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
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