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. egbertphotoandvideo

    Has anyone seen this remix video where they edit the video of this pastor so it looks like he is actually gay himself?

    I wonder what he would say if he saw it.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:16 am |
  2. Jam Bag

    Love Hurts, Nazareth. Look it up on youtube OBSESSOR.

    May 23, 2012 at 2:14 am |
    • Jimmy G.

      Looks like someone is OBSESSING and not chillin'. Chill, Jam Bag. Go jam your bag up your jam bag.

      May 23, 2012 at 2:38 am |
  3. Karl

    That guy is insane. He will get his, thats for sure What do you think OBSESSOR?

    May 23, 2012 at 2:06 am |
  4. Shalica Garcia smith ali khan

    That Observer guy needs to get a life. All he does is post blogs on CNN all day everyday. He should switch to YouTube or something. Im Just sayin, or Observing, don't mean to be trippen. Ill nick name him the OBSESSOR. Good night OBSESSOR!!!!!!!!!!

    May 23, 2012 at 1:54 am |
    • Observer

      Truth hurts, doesn't it?

      May 23, 2012 at 1:56 am |
    • Jimmy G.

      You gotta admit OBSESSOR is a much more catchy name than Observer.

      May 23, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • iubj

      Ho Obsessors stalker.

      May 23, 2012 at 2:04 am |
  5. Mr. Bubbs

    Sometimes, the first amendment harms more than it protects.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:52 am |
    • Jimmy G.

      It is people that do the harming, not the law we're supposed to follow so that we do not harm others.

      May 23, 2012 at 2:04 am |
  6. Henry

    Matthew 13, Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
    “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

    “Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to Jesus and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • TPN51

      Henry, don't want to bust your bubble, but do you know what parable means? A statement or comment that conveys a meaning indirectly by the use of comparison, analogy, or the like. A short allegorical (abstract ideas) story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. It's not truth. Please lean definitions before posting.

      May 23, 2012 at 2:00 am |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      @ TPN51, "Please lean definitions before posting"

      Lean? I'll asume you mean learn! Truth?

      If ya'dda read the second paragraph ya'dda read the definitions! :=)

      May 23, 2012 at 2:18 am |
    • Henry

      A Serpent's Thought
      It means exactly what it says the devil and his offspring will burn forever in hell!

      May 23, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  7. iubj

    -=======>typical Christian Taliban Madrassa and this Mullah passing on his edicts of hatred and bigotry<======-

    May 23, 2012 at 1:46 am |
  8. Snabes

    Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil.Cling to what is good.Be kindly and affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
    Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
    Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
    Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible,as much depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
    Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but give place to wrath; for it is written, " Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
    " If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty give him drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."
    Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:36 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      Thanks for the kumbaya moment

      May 23, 2012 at 1:58 am |
  9. TPN51

    This church is in a PO-DUNK town of Maiden NC population 3100 people. Remember NC has more church listings in the phone book then Smith's. Small town, very small minds and even smaller IQ's.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:32 am |
  10. A Matter of Faith

    First let me say that this man is ridiculous!!! Jesus never condoned this kind of thinking. He teaches us to Love the sinner...but do not love or tolerate the sin. However, You who seek to normalize sin... If you take away the penalties for one sin, you take away the penalty for all sin. So let the free-for-all begin! Murder, cheat, steal, lie, do anything you like, after all, judge not lest ye be judged right? Isn't that what you all rest your arguments on? We should let God be the judge of everything and never tell our fellow man when he has done something that is wrong. Who are we to call all of this stuff sin? That includes our own children. Why chastise them when they do wrong? Shouldn't we just let God be the judge of it? (Hope you catch the point in my sarcasm)

    May 23, 2012 at 1:32 am |
    • Joshua

      : )

      May 23, 2012 at 1:39 am |
    • Doctor Obvious Johnson

      Of course jesus didn't condone this kind of thinking! Cavemen back in those days didn't have electric fences.

      May 23, 2012 at 1:41 am |
    • Observer

      "So let the free-for-all begin! Murder, cheat, steal, lie, do anything you like"

      Staggering lack of LOGIC. So you can't see the difference between murder and what 2 consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedroom? Wow.

      May 23, 2012 at 1:46 am |
    • sam stone

      Do you seriously equate two people wanting to make a lifetime committment to each other with murder and stealing and free for all? If so, you have a seriously messed up set of priorities. But, we knew that from the first couple of sentences

      May 23, 2012 at 4:00 am |
    • Primewonk

      How can being born gay be immoral or a sin? Isn't being able to choose to commit a sin required? You can't choose to be gay anymore than you can choose to be left-handed or green-eyed.

      Plus, can animals sin? There are 1500+ species of animals who exhibit hômosèxuality. Are all these species of mammals, fish, birds, insects, other vertebrates, and invertebrates, sinning?

      May 23, 2012 at 7:46 am |
  11. Julian Arancia

    Why is this news? It's just a pastor being a true Christian.

    That's what that religion is all about.

    May be time to put the Christians in camps before they start putting the rest of us in camps, eh?

    May 23, 2012 at 1:30 am |
    • Jimmy G.

      No need for camps. They just need to follow the law. Prison is where some of them are going.
      Putting them in camps would just make them wave their hotdogs around even harder and louder.
      Maybe if we put xanax into the water instead of flouride. Hmmmm....

      May 23, 2012 at 2:10 am |
  12. Mary

    FINALLY a Christian leader willing to stand up for what's right! Christians have been persecuted into hiding, and have become afraid of speaking out against sin. It's refreshing to finally hear a true man of God speak out against this venomous disease of gays infiltrating our cities. Liberals need to stop criticizing and get with the program. Stop persecuting Christians and understand that what you are doing to this country is a SIN. I rebuke gays in the name of Jesus! Fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to bind together against the immorality!

    May 23, 2012 at 1:28 am |
    • iubj

      christians persecuted into hiding.... typical christian point finger at others so they dont look at u....
      christians do nothing but spew hatred and bigotry... and here we have it. thanks for playing. we the 20th century are SICK of christian treating people like 2nd class citizens.... time to go away.

      May 23, 2012 at 1:31 am |
    • Kandric

      What? Christians are the ones that do the persecuting gays. It's fine to have your personal beliefs, but it is not right to force them upon others. Gays do not harm you, nor harm those you love.

      Please educate yourself, it is not a disease. It is not unnatural.

      May 23, 2012 at 1:35 am |
    • TPN51

      WHAT! Christians persecuted? Jews where persecuted, Spain was persecuted during the Inquisition, Blacks where persecuted in slavery, and you relate this to Christianity? Speak their mind? Sin as long as it suites their need? Misrepresent Gods Word? Christianity is not that old Mary. King James Bible was finished in 1611 if that's the one you read. Seek the truth. Study Theology as I do and you will learn of false profits that preach today in your Christian world. But you can HATE YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR, BUT DON'T FORGET TO SAY GRACE. THAT'S THE TRUTH OF YOUR CHRISTIANITY.

      May 23, 2012 at 1:41 am |
    • Mary

      All of your negativity and insults prove what I say to be the truth! The opening of the doors to open warm welcoming of gays is the floodgate of the prophecies foretold in the Bible. Do you not see what this is doing to our country? We are a Christian nation and the minority of liberals have poisoned it with their venomous snake bite. We MUST stop the spread of this sickness! It IS unnatural and it IS against the will of the Lord.

      May 23, 2012 at 1:46 am |
    • iubj

      the only truth is your ignorance....
      ... IGNORANCE CREATES FEAR, FEAR FEEDS IGNORANCE... and u my friend are obese on ignorance.

      May 23, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire


      So Mary and you're F­u­c­k­i­n­g Bible Thumpers Go F­U­C­K YOURSELVES.

      Keep your Bible B­u­l­l­s­h­i­t out of my life!

      May 23, 2012 at 2:01 am |
    • tallulah13

      Poor Mary, She thinks she is being persecuted because Americans who believe in human decency are fighting her efforts to discriminate against a minority. Poor thing. Her brand of fear, ignorance and hatred is threatened by things like education and compassion.

      I guess it's hard to support an unjust god (for whom there is no proof of existence) when you are faced with real live people who are decent and hard-working and not that terribly different than you, except that they are attracted to people of the same gender.

      May 23, 2012 at 2:52 am |
    • sam stone

      mary: bigotry wrapped in a bible is still bigotry.

      May 23, 2012 at 4:02 am |
    • sam stone

      mary: equal rights always bothers bigots. now, jesus is coming, so get back on your knees. the savior expects to be serviced

      May 23, 2012 at 4:05 am |
    • Think

      Mary: Jesus hates you, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.

      May 23, 2012 at 5:17 am |
    • Primewonk

      Mary wrote, " We are a Christian nation"

      Well, there's your problem right there! This country was specifically founded as a secular nation. Article VI, Section 3 of the constîtution says you cannot impose any type of religious test for any office in the US. Additionally, article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli specifically states that the Us was not founded on the Christian religion.

      Why do you fundiots hate the constîtution?

      May 23, 2012 at 7:58 am |
  13. David H

    Pastor Charles L. Worley is a monster that makes all Christians look bad for all the obvious reasons.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:22 am |
  14. CBR

    The Good People of North Carolina deserve better. Unfortunately, there are people who will connect with this man and give him support.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • mandarax

      It is the responsibility of the good people of NC to choose better. He seems to draw a solid congregation, and that church looks well-funded.

      May 23, 2012 at 1:22 am |
    • TPN51

      What else can you expect from a state that sterilized black women for 40 years.

      May 23, 2012 at 1:24 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      I say build that fence AROUND North Carolina instead....keep them in there

      May 23, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • Primewonk

      And yet, the "good people of North Carolina" overwhelmingly supported amendment 1.

      May 23, 2012 at 8:01 am |
  15. Ron

    Typical Republican.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:12 am |
  16. Observer

    The Golden Rule could help unite believers and non-believers, but unfortunately there are too many Christians who would rather preach it than follow it. It's more fun for many of them to CHOOSE passages that promote hate.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:11 am |
  17. ItsAMirage

    Gotta love the whole thing about "love thy neighbor!!" thing that Christ preached.

    Oh right, it's not what He preach, but what the Republican Party preaches!!

    May 23, 2012 at 1:11 am |
  18. mandarax

    Good people will do good things, and evil people will do evil things, but it takes religion to get good people to do evil things. -Bertrand Russell

    May 23, 2012 at 1:11 am |
    • john

      People don't need religion to do evil things (like Joseph Stalin).

      May 23, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • iubj

      like hitler! ooops a christian

      May 23, 2012 at 1:50 am |
    • sam stone

      stalin's religion was power, not atheism, not god.

      May 23, 2012 at 4:07 am |
  19. A Matter of Faith

    People, open your eyes. Don't you see it's all part of the plan to discredit the Christian faith? This plan is almost perfect because so many of you are falling for it. You who seek to normalize sin have put yourselves in positions of influence so that we only see a filtered view of what is really going on. You use ridiculous examples of so called Christians to show just how crazy the world should think we all are. You pull at the heart strings of the weak minded and convince them that God first created gays and then condemned them. You confuse the word of God for the furtherance of your own agenda and the masses are falling for it. The Bible says that the day will come where we call evil good and good evil. That day is here! Open your eyes people!!! Lest you be counted among those that God will say "Get behind me for I never knew you"!

    May 23, 2012 at 1:09 am |
    • mandarax

      Why does it always seem to be those who have their eyes shut the tightest that implore everyone around them to open their eyes?

      May 23, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • Observer

      The Bible supports slavery and the inferiority of women and discrimination against the handicapped.

      What is your point?

      May 23, 2012 at 1:14 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      Yup people like you are are F­U­C­K­I­N­G C­R­A­Z­Y. Other people are finally realizing how l­u­d­i­c­r­o­u­s it is to follow people like you.



      May 23, 2012 at 1:14 am |
    • GodFreeNow

      No planning is required to discredit christianity. It discredits itself every time it gets proven wrong, fails to accept reality, or fails to provide evidence to support any of its beliefs. It's a self-defeating doctrine. It only succeeds if people stop using reason and logic and the world doesn't run on rainbow wishes.

      May 23, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • ItsAMirage

      Open our eyes to what??!! Hypocracy by a Christian pastor who is suppose to be following the teachings of Christ??!! Oh yes yes, I'm sure we ALL got our eyes open now!!!!

      May 23, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • A Matter of Faith

      Harden your heart not against the word of God. Or those that love the people in this world enough to warn them of the things to come. If I did not love, I would stay silent. But I do love.. so I will take the abuse you spew at me for loves sake.

      May 23, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • TPN51

      Who's plan was it to have this idiot-bigot-sel richious-SOB-self proclaimed Hitler-grand wizard give this sermon. Not mine, was it yours because your a Christian? Wake up, The Bible is the best selling comic book of all time. Noah lived 900 years and had how many kids? Yeh right, they sold me on that one.

      May 23, 2012 at 1:20 am |
    • Daniel

      The bible also condemed eating shellfish, but I don't see anyone protesting Captain Ds or Red Lobster. The bible also promoted slavery and we know that is wrong. The bible also condemed eating other types of foods. There are many straight people that cannot reproduce. Should we put them inside a fence as well. But you know, I kind of like the idea of putting all of us gay guys together in a fence. That way I wouldn't have to figure out if they were gay or not. Do you know how frustrating that is. Oh, and then let's take it a step further. Let's have the bears in one part of the fence, the jocks in another part, the twink guys in another part. Feed me to the bears. 🙂

      May 23, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • mandarax

      Oh look, A Matter of Fake is martyring himself right here in front of us. O the passion.

      May 23, 2012 at 1:26 am |
    • Christian

      Well, A Matter Of Faith we must pray for those who are currently lost, being mislead and misleading because they really don't have much more time. The signs show that the Lord is coming soon. Everyone must prepare but especially Christians who are "lukewarm" because "God will spew them out of His mouth." We must make certain that we follow what we preach and that we preach what the bible says. God bless you in all your endeavors!

      May 23, 2012 at 1:33 am |
    • Chris B


      That's so awesome you got a Penn and Teller video up on here!

      May 23, 2012 at 2:04 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      I love how these Bible T­h­u­m­p­i­n­g C­h­r­i­s­t­i­a­ns say WE lost our way. That's calling GOING OUR OWNS WAYS THANKS

      We use our own brains there "SHEEP". Go keep with your herd.

      May 23, 2012 at 2:08 am |
    • tallulah13

      This is christianity discrediting itself - and perhaps a belief that fosters this sort of hatred SHOULD be discredited.

      May 23, 2012 at 2:27 am |
  20. RickBangkok

    I do not think the pastor or his church will be able to pay the electric bill for his fence. Hate is not a Christian value or a family value. Hate is not an American value. Love makes a family. Love of freedom made America.

    May 23, 2012 at 1:05 am |
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