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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. jaschrumpf

    To all the liberals and progressives reading this: you know that sick feeling you got in the pit of your stomach while watching this video? The dumfoundedness that a person could actually believe such things, and think that such a "solution" might work?

    Well, that's the EXACT same feeling I get when I read yet another article saying that solar and wind power will solve our energy needs, or that a single-payer system will reduce healthcare costs.

    Not saying they're morally equivalent, no, no - just intellectually equivalent.

    May 23, 2012 at 6:14 am |
    • BOB TIDDELL

      WELL, THE SUN IS LITERALLY ONE MILLION TIMES THE SIZE OF OUR PLANET. I DON'T SEE HOW SOLAR ENERGY ISN'T A FEASIBLE OPTION. JESUS IS DEAD. SO SOLAR ENERGY IS ACTUALLY A PRETTY SWEET IDEA. TECHNICALLY, IT'S FREE ENERGY, ONCE THE SOLAR PANELS ARE PAID FOR WHICH IS LIKE BUYING ANOTHER CAR.

      I DIDN'T GET A SICK FEELING WHEN I WATCH THE VIDEO HERE THOUGH. I THINK IT'S KIND OF FUNNY, BECAUSE JUST LIKE JESUS, THAT GUY IS GOING TO DIE SOME DAY AND WON'T BE GOING ANYWHERE BECAUSE NEITHER HEAVEN OR HELL EXIST. AMEN.

      May 23, 2012 at 6:20 am |
    • Possum

      Hmm. So, are you saying this nutcase preacher man shouldn't consider tying the electric fence to solar panels or wind turbines? I suppose he would want to most efficient and reliable form of energy since he's paying for all this out of the church offering plate. Solar and wind might be out of his budget as a start up and the enormous fence, alone, will cost millions to fabricate and maintain. If the fence ever lost it's juice, some of the prisoners would escape and well, that wouldn't bode well for the preacher man now, would it? I'd strongly suggest he consider the security of utilizing traditional, solar and wind to keep that fence electrified should one of the sources fail. So, with your limited understanding of solar and wind power, he may not want you on his prisoner camp's energy strategy team. Just sayin'

      May 23, 2012 at 7:08 am |
  2. A Serpent's Thought

    The United States of North America is now facing hard times and social upheavels! Miss America's statue stands as a monolithic emblem of which many people a short time ago were immigrating to her land did then all view before coming to landfall. No more are immigrants coming by only boats! Some take to the air to immigrate while others migrate upon the roads either from the south or the north! Miss America was once marvelled by newcomers but nowadays only but a handful pay her visits! Her monolithic stature of a statue weighs heavily upon the proud folks who still take their children to awe and marvel upons her immensity! Few people know Miss Ameriica's history! I am in doubt if she is even nowadays taught about her stateliness in any "public" school system let alone the colleges or universities!

    Designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an icon of freedom and of the United States.

    May 23, 2012 at 6:12 am |
  3. WASP

    does anyone seriously believe religion will be around in another 500 years or even a 1,000 years from now? i truly doubt it. as humans learn more intricate sciences and venture out into space, religion will become a mythology taught to children as "when the world was full of hate" or as a course on "how to start wars"

    May 23, 2012 at 6:10 am |
    • BOB TIDDELL

      I'LL BE DEAD BY THEN. SO I DON'T REALLY GIVE A SHIT

      May 23, 2012 at 6:12 am |
    • Possum

      Humans are as much beings of Science as they are spiritual beings. In time, humans will understand both are one in the same. This is not to say humans will worship Science as a Deity but rather, the understanding of the relationship between all things will be far clearer than the perspective humans have now that Science and Spirituality are two separate things.

      May 23, 2012 at 7:21 am |
    • Primewonk

      @ Possum – Science and spirituality ARE different things. One deals with the supernatural, and one deals with the natural. Science doesn't deal with the supernatural. Because once you posit the supernatural is real, then "goddidit" and "poof, then another miracle occurs" become valid answers. These answers are not falsifiable. Thus science ignores them.

      May 23, 2012 at 8:33 am |
  4. Chuck Finley

    What? An old man who is also a preacher from the American South who's openly prejudiced?

    SHOCKER

    May 23, 2012 at 6:10 am |
    • BOB TIDDELL

      IF THE SHOCKER DON'T ROCK'ER THEN SPOCK'ER.

      May 23, 2012 at 6:25 am |
  5. GAPeachy

    I refuse to answer hatred with hatred – or let anger rule my heart. The best thing I can do is continue to love – love my partner of almost 11 years, love my neighbors and try to be good to them, love my family and friends, and love this pastor, and those in North Carolina – and all states and countries – who see suppressing our rights as some kind of "victory" to celebrate. You do not have victory over me and my family. We choose love. We will model that love to you over and over again. And, like water that finds a path through the hardest rock – it may take time, but we will some day have equal rights in this country. I hope that day finds you with an open heart, full of love and kindness, and free from hatred, fear, and anger.

    May 23, 2012 at 6:07 am |
    • BOB TIDDELL

      I PRAY TO JESUS THAT A MORBIDLY OBESE MAN BREAKS INTO YOUR HOUSE AND TAKES A DUMP IN YOUR SHOES AND THEN LEAVES.

      May 23, 2012 at 6:13 am |
  6. IT Professional

    This guy's solution is the same as Hitlers solution and did not come from the Bible. Jesus was never about condemning people who sinned.

    May 23, 2012 at 5:57 am |
    • BOB TIDDELL

      WELL THAT'S BECAUSE JESUS WAS A USELESS GOD DAMNED CAVEMAN THAT DIDN'T HAVE ACCESS TO GERMANS WITH GUNS, TANKS AND AIRPLANES.

      May 23, 2012 at 5:59 am |
  7. Critical Thinking

    FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGS!!!

    May 23, 2012 at 5:51 am |
    • YEAH

      YOU ARE

      May 23, 2012 at 5:58 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      @ Critical Thinking

      ****************YAWN************

      May 23, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  8. Best Idea

    Put all the Christian bigots who feel this way in North Carolina and Tennessee and build an electric fence around the states so they can't get out. Put something in the water so they can't reproduce and teach their children to be ignorant. And let them die off and be banned to hell for judging others... against God's rules.

    May 23, 2012 at 5:50 am |
  9. Billy, Hill

    Leave my pastor alone. The bible says Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. We love the sinners, but hate the sin. It doesn't get any more simpler than that.

    May 23, 2012 at 5:47 am |
    • Best Idea

      More simpler is bad grammar, you ignorant hillbilly.

      May 23, 2012 at 5:52 am |
    • JWT

      If the gays and lesbians are not members of your immediate chirch then they are not sinners. None of your view of biblical rules apply to them.

      May 23, 2012 at 5:52 am |
    • Neptune's Revenge

      Run! Save yourself... If this Anti-American NUT is your pastor... Well, get down on your knees and start repenting for your sin's. It is not too late! Just ask for help. You need it!

      May 23, 2012 at 5:58 am |
    • NFLD thought

      Hey Freak, what does the same Bible say about hate? You Pastor is no different than Hitler and is a very dangerous man. Lock him up behind a fence and put him on public display.

      May 23, 2012 at 6:02 am |
    • Rich

      Funny how people like you pick and choose which bible verses to live by. Have you ever mowed your lawn on the Sabbath? Spoken back to your parents? Ate shrimp, clams,crab, lobster, rabbit? Ever consider selling your daughter as a slave? Grow up.

      May 23, 2012 at 6:12 am |
    • midwest rail

      " Love the sinner, hate the sin ". The big lie as practiced by today's faux Christian.

      May 23, 2012 at 6:14 am |
    • BOB TIDDELL

      I DON'T THINK ANY OF YOU ARE INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO GET THE JOKE OF THE ORIGINAL POST, AS YOU ALL KEEP COMMENTING SERIOUSLY ABOUT IT. LOOK AT THE GOD DAMNED NAME.

      May 23, 2012 at 6:21 am |
    • LivinginVA

      Locking people behind an electrified fence and looking forward to them dying is NOT "loving them".

      May 23, 2012 at 6:26 am |
    • sam stone

      i think "simple" describes it pretty well

      May 23, 2012 at 6:31 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      @ Billy, Hill

      GO F­U­C­K YOURSELF; BIBLE T­H­U­M­P­I­N­G A­S­S­H­O­L­E

      May 23, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • jessica wrenn

      that is at the being of the bible if u would read your bible that it is adam and eve not adam and steve so why dont u people that think this is against gay people rights to say what we want but u are allow to put other people down that is just going by the bible that we believe in

      May 24, 2012 at 3:18 am |
  10. A in Pa

    Religion, teaching and promoting hate, contempt or others, self-righteous anger and acting on it (OK by God) ignorance and that if you have religion you have rights but others who don't subscribe and submit to your religious authority, well then, it's ok to walk all over them, discipline them in the name of God, take away their rights and judge them.

    Exactly how is religion different than say, the Taliban, I mean - the religious leaders over there think they have the right to impose their religion on everyone, demand everyone submit to their religious authority and keep all the rights and power for themselves and force others to embrace their religious philosophy or suffer the consequences.

    May 23, 2012 at 5:33 am |
    • Neptune's Revenge

      I hear you loud and clear! You stated it well... So true.

      May 23, 2012 at 5:50 am |
  11. jessica wrenn

    i notice some things that this guy on here name sam stone and thing what to make fun of people and that it is ok for you to make fuin of me but this pastor cant teach the truth to his church that is like you are saying it is ok for you to do it but him toi teach the truth like i said before i was in secial ed class but i wont let that get me down so god bless and i will pray for you and hope god show youthe truth

    May 23, 2012 at 5:29 am |
    • sam stone

      this bigot was preaching to other bigots. nothing more

      May 23, 2012 at 5:48 am |
    • BOB TIDDELL

      JESSICA WRENN ARE YOU ON FACEBOOK? POST A LINK IF YOU ARE BECAUSE I'M REALLY CURIOUS TO KNOW WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE BASED ON YOUR DELIGHTFUL POSTS OF FECAL ECSTASY.

      May 23, 2012 at 6:02 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      You go right ahead and pray for us jessica...and we'll think for you.

      May 23, 2012 at 6:33 am |
    • sam stone

      bob: she is. born in ohio, lives in north carolina. likes carrie underwood, metallica, nascar

      May 23, 2012 at 6:37 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Jessica: What truth was this bigot teaching? To any rational minded person he was spewing hatred that is not based on evidence dated within the 20th or 21st centuries. Furthermore, he violated the consti.tution by speaking about political issues and trying to inadvertently sway the vote away from Obama, for which once the IRS are done he could very well have cost his cult of bigots their tax-exempt status.
      For you to support such an immoral man speaks little of your character.

      May 23, 2012 at 6:37 am |
    • BOB TIDDELL

      IS SHE HOT? BECAUSE IF SHE IS, WHAT A SHAME SHE'S SO STUPID.

      May 23, 2012 at 7:03 am |
    • sam stone

      bob: depends on how many beers you have consumed.

      May 23, 2012 at 7:20 am |
    • sam stone

      "For you to support such an immoral man speaks little of your character."

      Au contraire. I think it speaks much of her character.

      May 23, 2012 at 7:21 am |
    • Primewonk

      Jessica – what the hell are you doing on here? Does not the apostle Paul command women to sit down and shut up? He commands you to be silent and not teach or lecture to men, especially in matters of faith. Now be a good Christian girl and hush up, and go make us men a sammich!

      May 23, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • DragonSlayer Lights Your Fire

      @Jessica

      Seriously.....you need to step away from your computer

      May 23, 2012 at 9:37 am |
  12. Moe

    What's all the fuss about? He's saying "I'm a gettin it" ... I think the good Pastor is in fact letting his congregation know that he 's enjoying a little gay action of his own! Gettin' it, gettin' it. Well, mercy me! Ha ha ha!

    May 23, 2012 at 5:26 am |
  13. Moe

    What's all the fuss about? He's saying "I'm a gettin it" ... I think the good Pastor is in fact letting his congregation know that he 's enjoying a little gay action of his own! Gettin' it, gettin' it. Well, mercy me!

    May 23, 2012 at 5:23 am |
  14. andrew

    This guy shows no respect toward people! His words show that he is not approachable and soundness of mind. -1Tim 3:1-7 He does not follow the example of Jesus Christ! Instead Jesus was approachable, spent time and energy teaching people, this included women in his day!-John 4:6,25,25; Luke 10:38-42; Matthew 28:1-10.

    May 23, 2012 at 5:18 am |
  15. Meg

    Isn't this a hate crime?

    May 23, 2012 at 5:14 am |
    • Neptune's Revenge

      YES!

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

      I don't think he could be convicted in court, though what he said is completely hateful. He has a 1st amendment right to say what he said, no matter how much we dislike it. If we take away his right to say as he pleases today, it could form a very nasty slippery slope. It's better to just ignore this stuff and live our lives.

      May 23, 2012 at 5:37 am |
    • Neptune's Revenge

      Zach... You have such a beautiful heart. Don't ever let that go...

      May 23, 2012 at 5:43 am |
    • BOB TIDDELL

      MEG, DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT A HATE CRIME IS? WHAT IF A WHITE GUY SHOOTS ANOTHER WHITE GUY IN THE FACE BECAUSE HE HATES HIM? IS THAT NOT A HATE CRIME? NOPE. IN THE US THEY JUST CALL IT MURDER. SO PLEASE SHUT THE HELL UP ABOUT THE HATE CRIME GARBAGE. LET'S JUST CALL IT WHAT IT IS. A RETARD PASTOR SAYING RETARD THINGS BECAUSE ALL CHRISTIANS ARE....... RETARDS.

      May 23, 2012 at 6:06 am |
    • Primewonk

      Not yet.

      He has 1st amendment right to say these evil, vile, hateful things. But, if his speech incites others to actually go out and hurt, harm, or kill gay folks, then it's a hate crime.

      May 23, 2012 at 8:50 am |
  16. Neptune's Revenge

    The tide is in... Our time has come again! The "HATE DOG'S" will soon find that their is NO salvation in the worship of religeous fanatics... BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS!!!

    May 23, 2012 at 4:59 am |
  17. Matty "Skewed Review" Jacobson

    I'd suggest the good preacher read The Bible. Matthew 15 clearly states (and I quote) "It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles. What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile."

    Oh yeah, and Jesus said something to the effect of "Love one another." And he said it multiple times. Not just once. That has to mean something.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:56 am |
    • Epidi

      I'm not Christian but I def appreciate that quote and recognize the wisdom in it. This hate mongering derived from fear of people's differences be they racial, religious, or lifestyle has only led to unnecessary violence and death since the dawn of recorded history.

      May 23, 2012 at 5:19 am |
    • Neptune's Revenge

      Jesus, was amazing! The tear's he shed's now... Of what is being said and done in his name... Well. I should start building an ark.

      May 23, 2012 at 5:24 am |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      Matty "Skewed Review" Jacobson,

      My words do not point to anyonne in particular! They, (My words) are meant to enlighten the scoffers and bigots and adulterers and fornicators and sodomizers and in enlightenning them I hear their responses of vile and ridiculing and demonstrative angles by which they seat themselves upon!

      May 23, 2012 at 6:25 am |
  18. Prince Ray

    Personally, I do not desire to either Gay Bash, nor Lesbian Bash those who have chosen this lifestyle. And yes, it is a chosen lifestyle, for those gay doctors/scientists who are attempted to try to discover a gay gene, and make God out to be a liar, they have found no such gene!. I know of people who have chosen this lifestyle, and when I ask them point blank if they know its wrong, they always say Yes. I am not their judge, I pray for them. But, as well, for those high profile personalities who keep insisting they don't have a hidden agenda, then my question is, why do they keep trying to get into the schools and warp the minds of our children with their perversions?!. Yes, it is your lifestyle, but if you choose to keep putting it in my face, then I must continually draw a line in the sand.. As for me and my house "We will serve the Lord"... Despite what this president says, he has shown he will turn his back on God for the sake of an election.. Okay, he's a sell out but his actions will cost this country and the people as well. God will not be mocked!.... Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for these perversions. Many churches have allowed these perversions to enter their churches by marrying these people.. God will not be Mocked.. and Yes the bible talks about those churches that merely please itching ears. (God is not in those churches anymore).. God will not be Mocked. And Judgement begins the churches, and its people!.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:50 am |
    • Neptune's Revenge

      You are a Prince of false prophets... Salvation lies with not you being the judge of others... But finding the love in those that are not like yourself! Don't be a clone of right wing hysteria. Be the true heart of what is in your soul. I think that you will find that hatred has NO place there. Look deep within, and smile!

      May 23, 2012 at 5:10 am |
    • JWT

      Yours is one particular view – chirstians have many views and indee welcome the gays and lesbians. I'd vote for love and tolerance anyday. If your god does not then that is his loss not ours.

      May 23, 2012 at 5:34 am |
    • Neptune's Revenge

      Love to you, JWT! Right On...

      May 23, 2012 at 5:38 am |
    • Billy, Hill

      @Prince Ray

      Do you know any divorced people, or people who’ve been involved in an adulterous affair? If so, and I’m going to assume the answer is yes, do you hold the same contempt for those people, or is that ok with you because it’s not icky?

      May 23, 2012 at 6:00 am |
    • A Serpent's Thought

      Prince Ray,

      Nearing the End of Times out from the woodworks will come scoffers of the Truth and fornicators of God's teachhings and adulterers of sodomizing ways! Saying God will not be mocked is not enough word for the filth and ilk of God-doggers righteousness! They, the mckers and scoffers of God and the Godly will all become but their first atom and deep into outer space places will they be placed never to be a part of living life in abundant measures as is so written!

      May 23, 2012 at 6:08 am |
    • sam stone

      It is not a choice, Prince.

      May 23, 2012 at 7:23 am |
    • sam stone

      "God will not be Mocked"

      God will certainly be mocked.

      May 23, 2012 at 7:25 am |
  19. Spangler

    "Do ye not know I judge character and that love is never a sin?" Hoomooeretus 3:17

    May 23, 2012 at 4:48 am |
  20. A Serpent's Thought

    Dire straits are now moving upon the world's nations and countries and nation states and other lands! Weep not for the dead who are with Christ! Rather weep for the times which are soon to be upon all lands! Stand one away from the adulterers of the word! Be not swayed by fornicators will! Do not please yourself in the sodomizers' perverted Acts for the sodomites want brief pleasures only and they are not the holy spirit's pleasings! Find yourself a place to rest while searching one's mind for God's words of truth before moving on to a better place!

    The days of now times are ever becoming ripe with the dew of man's honey. The generations of the now days have become like sackcloth filthy and stained with the semen of the bigots and tantalizers and mockers and scoffers of the word of Truths! Death will soon become the righteous revealers of being torn apart and as being trammpled assunder below the highest of walled in Truths! The "Majesteriums" of selfish professors being the proclaimed "holy see" will not stand too much longer and they will be plundered by the mobs' amassings! Be though as a peaceful allotments' generation and stand upright in times of trouble and calamities and mayhems! When the time comes when you are found out take heeds to what you say as there will be among lot's "perversionists" many ill deceivers of unrighteousness! They will want to taunt you out and do their will to your body's sakes! Mark well for the time of atrocities will soon be upon the homeland of the free! Be this a direness calling to those who know and do make ready their escape! Find you safe harborages yet in the meanwhile ever stand watch as to the world's moanings will be seen by all!

    May 23, 2012 at 4:21 am |
    • Ting

      Dire straits are now moving upon the world's nations and countries and nation states and other lands!

      Wrong. They are not touring this year.

      May 23, 2012 at 4:29 am |
    • sam stone

      i cannot believe that people actually believe this tripe

      May 23, 2012 at 4:50 am |
    • Neptune's Revenge

      You are a serpent of hell! You should be banished to the kingdom of darknesss, until you can repent from the hatred in your heart.

      May 23, 2012 at 5:14 am |
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