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. JohnRJohnson

    This clown ought to run for Congress. He'd fit right in.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  2. Billy Davis

    Why are these "Christian Conservatives" some of the most hateful people on the planet?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  3. me

    Sadly you don't need to have a licence to preach or parent.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  4. dreamer96

    Christians acting very unchristian like..Where is his gun?..around his waste?..Does he give sermons about attacking Iran too, bombing the Iranian civilians, killing in the name of a pacifist...

    May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  5. Chrisitans HATE gay

    Christians = KKK

    May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  6. BillBoBThorthon


    May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  7. Uncle Bob

    North Carolina – where you can marry your sister, but not your gay brother.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  8. Nagrad

    This man is preaching hate, and arguing for the imprisonment of an entire group of people. If this was based on the color of their skin or the religious beliefs, think how different the discussion would be.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  9. Chrisitans HATE gay

    We all HATE Gays and Muslims. So What!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • JC

      YUP, I rest my case. Just make sure you stay in your church with that ideology and out of public office you bigot.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Alicia

      Oh really? Well, I think you'd better think that over a bit. Because there is scripture against hating ANYONE:

      Galations 5: 19-21 "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciousness, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, HATRED, variance, emulations, WRATH, STRIFE, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have told you in time past, that they which do such things SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD".

      That is what God thinks of your hatred.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • AndriconBoy

      Oh, but if someone hates you oppressive, fascist X-tians, then we have suddenly gone too far, right? That's how it goes in this country.
      "You can't oppress me. I have the freedom of religion! Even if my religion says that others should not be permitted the same freedom!"

      May 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  10. Hmmm

    I do not support the gay or lesbian lifestyle. I do however believe that everyone has the right to be treated with respect, love, and compassion. These people could be our family members, friends, and coworkers. Gay and lesbian tendencies exist in nature. Since we are apart of nature, it will always appear in our population. Yes, from a biological stand point the result is that you fail to reproduce. Oh well.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  11. Mr. T. Bag


    (Pass it on.....)

    May 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  12. Mike

    I'm agin ignorance and for proper English.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Charlie

      THANK YOU!!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  13. Jay

    SCARY and all in the name of God!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  14. alex

    I don't believe that Christ would bother giving a second look. He would probably consider you to be part of the den of vipers.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  15. DeeNYC

    Nothing says Love God more than Hate.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  16. Montello

    "Build a great big, large fence – 50 or a 100 miles long – and put in all the radical Christians and Muslims. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with all the politicians and the lawyers, 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're incapable of doing anything useful." End of the world's problems.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • Pat

      Actually they'll just kill each other, so no need to send food.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • kuterthanu

      perfect! I will support that myself

      May 22, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  17. Mitch

    This pastor needs to be removed immediately.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  18. R

    CNN continues to promote is pro-gay agenda by airing this ridicuolous video that will be objectionable to most people

    May 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • Too Much

      Are you suggesting this guy doesn't actually believe in the hateful things he said?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Charlie

      Removing the video would be denying that it happened.

      I did like the pause he took when he told the congregation to think about two men kissing. He looked like he was re-living last nights dream.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • kenny

      not so much pro-gay, but rather... ANTI-GAY-BIGOT... do you understand the difference???.... i'm guessing you don't ... most don't think they're wrong until enough SMART people tell them they are...

      May 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • JC

      Preachers who speak like that secretly think penis tastes delicious.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  19. Truth Hurts

    Nevermind whether you believe Christianity is a fairy tale or not... the fact that there are people like this preaching such things is a huge reason why I don't blame non-believers for not pursuing faith. How can you have faith in such hate speech? There is no "love" within this sermon. It is his way to make an excuse to say such horrible things. Yeah, I believe it's a sin, but so are many other things that everyone does on a daily basis... no different. These are HUMAN BEINGS he is referring to. He makes it seem like they're animals... electric fence... you need to sit back and take a breather. This guy is either trolling all the athiests out there or he's just plain sad.

    Then again, this is nothing new coming from the BAPTISTS. Sorry if you are one and don't agree with this guy, but to me it's always the Baptists up to no good with their hate speech which they claim to be out of love. If it is out of love you should show some respect at least...

    May 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • Montello

      Baptist minister in our small town once said Hitler wasn't such a bad guy, but since he didn't finish the job, all Jews should be burned at the stake. Unfortunately that was long before YouTube or the Web and the media never picked up on it. He was removed by his congregation, however.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  20. William

    What an embarrasment to christians and religious people of all ages – apparently his bible was written by the KKK

    May 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • Truth Hurts @ William

      He's an embarassment to the human race. Pardon me for not having sympathy for this guy as I should, but to be honest it is very difficult seeing how this guy isn't compassionate for those he claims he has "love" for yet bashes them also.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
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