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. Chrisitans HATE gay

    But gullible americans still listen to these GAY Pastors.

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

    "Jesus wept" (John 11:35)

    May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Boston Guy

      Yes, Jesus is weeping at the hate his so-called followers are spewing out in his name. There is no difference in this pastor and Hitler.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  3. Smarmy Joe

    YES, that's EXACTLY what Jesus would do. Not.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  4. Scott

    Stuff like this makes me sad, not for his view which I do not agree with but, because of the hate and venom that he is spouting. I may be wrong and I am sure that I will be told so but is there not ONE judge, GOD, at least in the Christian faith. Also, are we not told to love one another, treating everyone as your sister and brother. Also, people then have the idea that he represents all Christians in his views and I can say for a FACT that they are not mine.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  5. Unknown

    He would have been in a government position in 1940s Germany.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  6. Kim

    This is absolutely disgusting. I'm really not sure which is worse that he said it or that the people in his church agree with him. This man is many things, a Christian isn't one of them

    May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  7. Rob

    The religion of hatred and intolerance.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  8. Andyoo

    So now it's bad to preach against the sinner now?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Ryan

      I love how these people who are so anti-gay like that senator from Iowa end up being gay themselves. Church has no place in politics because not everyone has the same religion or views. Keep you religious beliefs to yourself!!!!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • NewYorkerHK

      No, it is not wrong to preach about sinners, but he advocated putting humans behind electric fences and letting them die off. That is disgusting. AND if you personally believe in God, I would suggest going back and read the entirety of what is against God's laws. The same Bible tells us not to judge.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  9. Jim

    Another gay republican like pastor Ted Haggard (the crystal Methodist). Boy will he look silly when it comes out he too is having drug fueled gay s ex. I only fault him for being a hypocrit.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  10. Mike

    Can we stop paying attention when the apes throw their feces through the cage bars? It's incentivizing the others.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Antarius

      Thank you for giving me a reason to smile. I was so heartbroken that people like this man exist, I really needed that! =)

      May 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  11. Selenia

    Hey pastor brainiac – straight parents have gay kids. How does one get as twisted as you?

    May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  12. pat

    God is omnipotent, omniscient, all powerful, why don't we let him deal with it. As Christians we are suppose to love our neighbors as ourselves and God as our Lord. We can't stone them, with rocks anyway, incarcerate them, they have rights, so let God sort the situation out. Have a little faith or a little more faith if needed. If the good Lord gave us free will to make choices then stand by that.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • jk

      Spot on! Terrific post!

      May 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Ferathka

      Even though I don't believe in a magic man in the sky. One of the more enlightened posts I have seen in a long time.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  13. lmc2

    I'm really tired of someone picking one outrageous opinion and giving it publicity. I don't agree with this pastor (nor do millions of other people in this country) but I do respect freedom of speech and belief. While it is necessary for people to know that some people have opinions which disagree with their own, I think that the target group already knows that some people hate them. Giving an opportunity to zealots to garner headlines may be a good way to gain audience but it is divisive and sickening.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  14. Crisco

    You go man, tell them how it is. God hates your sin. but love you. turn from your sinful ways.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • doughnuts

      No he doesn't. The only things Odin hates are cowardice and frost giants.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  15. briawinde

    It is disgusting and evil...all in the name of religion........

    I firmly believe that most of the religious right that are very anti gay.. actually are...and just can't deal with the reality of the situation due to their narrow minded upbringing. Most likely the case with this guy.

    May god have mercy on his Soul.......if he has one.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  16. MDMinton

    Gods don't kill people, people with gods kill people

    May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  17. jnpa

    What a total fool he is, and his congregation should demand his removal. I would have walked out of that church and never gone back. No one who belongs to that church could never defend him and what he said....NEVER!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  18. realist

    ahhhhhhhhhh yes.......the same people who trash this guy had no problems with Wright.........priceless.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • Boston Guy

      You seem like a very uneduacated person to assume this.

      May 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  19. exodus84

    The people that need to die out are these wretched hate filled pieces of garbage who claim to spread the word of God. May he and all like him burn in HELL!

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

      Like obam's pastor?

      May 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  20. MKF

    A "man of God" preaching genocide. Why stop there Pastor Worley. Why not put the poor, sick, the mentally challenged inside your concentration camp as well and get rid of anyone else you deem undesireable? Maybe put those pesky Liberals in inside your Auchwitz too.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
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