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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" ...and there was a whole lot of people who didn't like what I said..."
The fact that this guy can't speak English properly tells you a lot about how ignorant he is.
All of the people who go to that church speak the same way. They interviewed some of them today and showed it on CNN earlier. They all support this cult leader and the rest of the town people say that this church is known for being very hateful and intolerant to an extreme.
I say we separate them from there state tax breaks! Teach hate and die! Hope you all go to hell.
Remove that church's non-profit status immediately. Political speech is not allowed by non-profits.
I do agree. This is no "charity". Time to bring these churches to modern-times.
I don't know what all the fuss is. The Bible prescribes the death penalty for sodomy, both in the Old Testament (Leviticus 20:13) and the New Testament (Romans 1:32).
It also recommends killing disobedient children.....so go to bed now!
Guess all you people having a nal with your wives and gf's are screwed!
Leviticus also says (Lev. 20:9) "If there is anyone who curses his father or his mother, he shall surely be put to death”.
So what was your point, if any?
Bible also says you can take disobedient children to the city gates and stone them, but we don't hold to that anymore. Better go back and reread the Romans passage, because you are taking it out of context.
Ben – You quoted Leviticus as condemning h o m o s e x u a l i t y because the Scripture says, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind; it is an abomination." As a gay man, I do not have s e x with women, I have s e x with men. Thus, I do not lie with mankind as with womankind. This Scripture was not intended to condemn h o m o s e x u a l i t y.
By the way, Leviticus also forbids wearing clothes made of two fabrics and says we should stone children who disrespect their parents. You had better check your closet and supply of stones.
Let's examine Romans 1:32. They which commit such things are WORTHY OF DEATH, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. The ones who do it and the ones who have pleasure in them that do it. Doesn't sound like God loves everyone to me.
What a bunch of ridiculous arguments – you are actually saying that because God righteously requires the death penalty for children who curse their parents, therefore sodomy is OK? Yikes. Why don't you make the same ridiculous argument for murder? Or bestiality?
Well MY bible says that anyone posting on a CNN blog who uses the name "Ben" and is an idiot should be run over with a car if I see him on the street. Go figure. . . . Hey don't blame me. . .it's what my bible says.
Speaking of being ridiculous, are you actually going to claim that people should follow Leviticus because EVERYTHING in there is true and YOU believe it?
Oh my Ben, you poor thing, you really don't get it do you? People are explaining to you that your are misinterpreting scripture and explaining that if you do not study scripture and just take things at their superficial face value you are probably going to draw an erroneous conclusion. It is called "fundamentalism".......and was actually one of the early heresies of the Church which has unfortunately reared its ugly head again as a misinformed, misdirected religion. This poor pastor is prime evidence of the unfortunate result of this type of heresy.
Dorothy, "early" heresies? I guess that explains the countless people who were killed during the 600yr Inquistions. . .this type of thinking by church leaders has been around for hundreds of years. Anyone who said anything contrary to what the bible or church leaders said was considered an "enemy" of "god" and tortured then killed.
Believe it or not DeeCee, it was actually a heresy that predated the inquisition. It was actually during a time when the christians were on the receiving end of the persecutions. That having been said, you are correct that the church itself has fallen into this same heresy many times throughout history.......including in the present day (case in point....this preacher).
I thought you guys were the staunch defenfers of free speech – not. Won't let me post, huh?
You only want to allow speech you agree with. Typical liberal mentality.
Oh my.....do you really believe somebody is moderating this? It's a computer program.....just follow the rules....it's not that hard.
God, Elvis. You're so stupid and I'm enjoying your exposure that it's a classic example of Schadenfreude.
LOL "Elvis" is such an idiot!
Thanks Elvis, People love free speech, just not from uneducated cave dwellers named Elvisisback, maybe you should have finished school? But so glad you have every right to marry in this country & breed (god forbid) but your hatred & obsession with gay people seems like a pet project, no job ?
I bet some bad-@$$ gay dude is going to kick the ever-loving youknowwhat out of this guy. Deservedly so.
That would be lovely. What I hope, though, is that his congregation is so embarrassed by him they fire his azz, and so embarrassed by their OWN behavior that they beg forgiveness and do better in the future.
That may friends is an oxymoron.
Muslims actually KILL gays. Or deny their existence. There be your difference. Bill Maher agrees.
Yep. The radical ones are doing a lot of the things like God commanded for thousands of years before Jesus convinced him he was wrong.
Two words: Matt. Sheppard.
A Kissimmee pastor claimed the devil made him molest a teenage boy last year, according to Kissimmee police records.
The Rev. Angel Perez was arrested two weeks ago on charges of unlawful se*xual activity with certain minors after the teen told members of Templo Pentecostal Puerta de Salvacion's congregation on West Columbia Avenue about the alleged abuse, records show.
And Newt Gingrich cheated on one of his wives because he was so patriotically into his job he said.
What the religious right fight for in court: (1) Protection of their pastors for illicit se x ual conduct (2) Protecting church assets from lawsuits and taxes (3) Control over women's reproductive rights.
What gays fight for in court: (1) Marriage – to live in legally recognized monogamous relationships (2) Family – to raise their children in nurturing, loving homes as a couple. (3) Service to country in the Military.
Seems pretty obvious which one of these "agendas" God would smile upon.
Dorothy – Well said!
I propose we put this guy behind an electrified fence and NOT drop some food in. Then, in a few days, he'll be dead and everyone will be better off.
I don't know....did you see his gut? I think with a little water, he could survive quite some time. He might want to check out the sin of glu tt ony.
having been raised in the christian faith, this isn't it. I was taught that God and Jesus loved all people, no exceptions. His love is unconditional. I am truly sorry that someone like this, can use Christianity to further their own agenda. It's also why I am a huge believer in the separation of church and state. If I truly thought god was like this, I would become an atheist.
There's many flavors of xtianity. This guy is just peddling the same stuff that the god of the old testament peddled. Why should it be wrong for him and right for god?
Brilliant !!! Thank you, well said! peace/love
Great post! Well said.
Just another shining example of what it really means to be Christian..
Oh Bull crap. This a a whack job. That's like saying all Muslims are terrorists. BTW, Muslims actually DO kill gays, so go ahead and slam the real haters.
Oh Bull crap. This a a whack job. That's like saying all Muslims are terrorists. BTW, Muslims actually DO kill gays, so go ahead and slam the real haters. So there.
Problem is @nice guys finish third
There are TOO MANY of HIM out there for it be just an isolated incidence
Just another shining example of what it really means to be Christian.
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.
You are absolutely right Casey.
Worley and his ilk remind me of the Jewish leaders who had Jesus crucified simply because they were afraid He was right.
Apparently god, who IS Jesus, sent himself to die in precisely that way... so the jews were doing the work of god. Shouldn't they be celebrated for killing Jesus, since it was god's plan to begin with?
And knowing that you were actually God, doing what you had already planned, how much worth should we place on the suffering on the cross? That's like saying "I made a game, it's really hard, but since I also made the rules I know i'm going to win."
Yes. That's almost how Hindus think about "god". They see god as a force that is Creator, Sustainer, and Destroyer. . .all in one.
Replace gay (or whatever word he has chosen for gay) to Jew and you'll see that this guy is just a Nazi.
Yes we know. Gays were rounded up and killed by the Nazis in Germany too. . .they were given a pink triangle to wear on their prison shirts.
Usually when someone compares someone to Nazi's I disagree. In this case you are spot on.
Plain & simple
Orange County leaders voted 6-1 on Tuesday to approve a domestic-partner registry, ending a hard-fought battle that had entangled Mayor Teresa Jacobs and gay activists for months.
The new law gives unmarried couples and others many of the notification and visitation rights that married couples have at hospitals, funeral homes, jails and schools.
well it's a start but they need more rights just like you and me have.
What was Adams first wife's name?
Some believe it to be Lilith.
Adam's 1st help.meet was named Lilith.
Being alone, I suspect it was the animals in the garden.
Right on Pastor Worley!
W. Mitt Romney
You must be just as sick.
I could say so many hurful things to you and feel real good about myself, but I will reframe. I will simply say you both are going to hell with gasoline draws on LMAO...
Do what right on him?
let's just feel sorry for this Village Idiot ....he doesn't know better. He's just a sheep.
Hey! That's a insult to sheep! I protest!
YOU GUYS CNN WANTS TO DIVIDE THE COUNTRY BY KEEP ON TELLING THE STUPID THING IN THE AIR. NOT THE PREACHER BUT YOU THE PROPAGATE AND INTRIGUE KEEP ON DIGGING THIS DAMN THING. STOP WATCHING CNN.
Perhaps you should think a little bit longer before you post. I'm not sure what you are saying.
He is a reverend, he is not sure what he is saying either. He pushes lies all day.
CNN told the truth about this nut. Truth hurts, doesn't it?
Google this clown.
LOL I think he falls within the IQ maximum of 75 required to be a reverend.
REV.MANI VARGHESE – I think you are getting CNN mixed up with Fox News.
The video of the preacher saying these things in front of his own congregation, and posted to the church website is most obviously photoshopped. Nice catch, rev.
REV.MANI VARGHESE. . .I think you need a translator to tell you how to write in English. . . .not that there's anything wrong with speaking other languages. I'm just sayin'. . .if you want to communicate something to people, it would help if they were able to understand what you're trying to say. Otherwise GOOD LUCK!
whatever Rev, You guys are sinners like the rest of us and are quick to judge, but a church is simply a hospital for sinner.. Be a man and be accountable for your actions and stop trying to blame the media for outing you guys hatred.