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N.C. Pastor’s Viciously Anti-Gay Diatribe Goes Viral

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Tuesday May 22, 2012
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Pastor Charles L. Worley made headlines this week after his anti-gay sermon, where he says he wants to "get rid of all the lesbians and queers," was caught on tape and went viral on YoutTube.

Worley, a pastor at the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C., spewed anti-gay rhetoric during his sermon, in which, among other things, he said he’d like to see gay men and lesbians in concentration camps.

"Build a great big, large fence -- 50 or a 100 miles long -- and put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food," the pastor said. "Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals - and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out. Feed ’em. And you know in a few years, they’ll die out. You know why? They can’t reproduce."

Worley, 71, also slammed President Obama for his stance on marriage equality and called him a "baby killer" and a "homosexual lover."

"I’ve never been as sick in my life of our president getting up and saying it was alright for two women to marry, or two men to marry. I can tell you right now, I was disappointed bad," he said. "I’ll tell you right there, it’s as sorry as you can get. The Bible is against, God’s against, I’m against and if you’ve got any sense you’re against!"

At times during the clip, members of the audience can be heard shouting out "Amen" to the pastor’s anti-gay comments.

The New York Daily News reports that according to the church’s website, Worley has been a pastor there since 1976.

The original video from the church was taken down after national media, including CNN’s CNN’s "Anderson 360," began paying attention. But clips have survived on YouTube and hits are running into seven figures.

CBS News also reported about the incident and said that members of a LGBT organization in North Carolina were outraged by Worley’s remarks.

"Calling for violence against and mass murder of minorities is inexcusable," said Matt Comer of the Charlotte Rainbow Action Network for Equality. "My heart aches for any of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender young people in his congregation forced to listen to this message of hate and violence. Physical, emotional, verbal and spiritual violence against any person has no place in civilized society."

The Charlotte (N.C.) Observe, reported that the pastor’s sermon riled up a number of people in the state. A group of individuals, who are calling themselves the Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate, are planning a protest outside the Providence Road Baptist Church -- the church where Worley delivered his anti-gay speech.

The group will protest the church and Worley this Sunday.

"We will not scream, shout or taunt Pastor Worley or his church’s members," the group stated in a message. "We will not vandalize, threaten or injure property or persons."

Activist and North Carolina resident Lisa Tipton told the New York Daily News that Worley’s comments are intolerant and says that the group’s protest is not anti-Christian.

"To hear this kind of hate being preached, this kind of intolerance, it hurt me, and I’m not even part of the LGBT community," Tipton told the newspaper.

"This is not a protest against faith or religion," she said. "I believe we will have Christians at this protest. This is against a man who has the power to mold minds and influence opinions . . . and this is the message you’re sending?"

Worley’s comments come just weeks after North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex couples from marrying in the state.

Earlier this month another North Carolina pastor was in the spotlight after he also made violent anti-gay comments during his sermon. Pastor Sean Harris of the Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville told members of the church that parents of gay sons should punch them if he is effeminate and "crack that wrist" if he has a limp wrist.

Harris later claimed his remarks were a joke, that he does not encourage beating children and wishes that he could take back his statements. But the pastor did say that parents should "reinforce traditional gender roles in children," the Associated Press points out.

Watch the controversial video below:

Comments

  • Anonymous, 2012-05-22 16:40:10

    Why are there no comments? Every one of us should be up in arms! People get involved. Forward this to everyone you know, go find the video and forward it. Make sure this man becomes the poster boy for Hatred.


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-22 18:03:49

    Why isn’t the Jewish community outraged? The pastor basically said concentration camps are okay to use on ppl that are different .


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-22 18:14:31

    This is absolutely sickening. Although my own mother said all of these same comments to me when I come out at the age of 15, I am still angered by such supported hatred. The funny thing is that gay children are born by straight individuals. Ironic isn’t it? My heart goes out to anyone that has to face this type of abuse as I have been down that painful road.


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-22 18:30:07

    Too many wrongs to comment. Concentration camps? Killing us off? This person and his ilk need to be stopped. Hopefully he lost the majority of his congregation with that rant. If I could get there I would be involved with the protest. But let’s face it. Everyone of us has people around us that are just as evil sat this person. We all have to fight for justice in our own neighborhood. I do it with my business. Watch where you spend your money as well. Don’t provide for those that hate is because we exist


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-22 19:21:32

    I like his idea


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-22 19:33:26

    It is sickening that people would use the word of God in the same content o discrimination against a group of individuals. This is outrageous!!!


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-22 19:49:42

    Unfortunately, the more plugged in we get and more of a fuss we make the more we extend and draw attention to this shitheads 15 minutes of publicity.


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-22 20:49:40

    Anonymous 16:40 asks, "why are there no comments?" I suspect I know the answer to this question. When I first saw this, I was struck dumb. I believe I’m not alone. Edge is pretty liberal about allowing comments. But even they must have limits and I am sure most of the comments they’ve received on this article have exceeded those limits. Frankly, it has taken from when this article first appeared until now before I could speak calmly enough on the subject to compose a post that would not be rejected. I am now strongly in favor of abortion if for no other reason than there is a remote possibility this idiot’s mother might have aborted him in the fetal stage and saved the world from having to deal with such an arrogant, ignorant waste of otherwise useful dirt. Who does this animated dog turd think he is? I’ll tell you WHAT he is; he is living proof that fascism is alive and well and living in the Baptist Church. I’m mortified by the fact that this son of a Nazi pig is allowed to speak as a representative of his church and instruct the young and innocent, doubtless indoctrinating them into his hateful, fascist ways. I call upon this festering soul’s congregation to reject him as their minister and point out that if they decline they are as guilty as he is. I call upon the Baptist Church to defrock this man and again point out that if they decline they are as guilty as he is, but then I’ve suspected that for a long time. This is what the hyperchristian zealots all over this country do behind the closed doors of their churches, preach the destruction of everyone who isn’t exactly like them, just like their hypermuslim zealot counterparts. It isn’t the religion they belong to that’s the problem. The problem is their deranged, sociopathic minds that allows them to publicly recommend genocide in the name of god. Since Worley professes to believe in god, may god have mercy on his soul because were it my decision, there would be a special place in hell at the right hand of Satan reserved just for Pastor Chuck.


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-22 21:38:05

    Long anonymous: pleasure reading such a well composed and articulate reply. I’m 100% in agreement with you and glad you vented. I imagine there is a stroke and a vegitative state in the near future for this venum spouting zealot. Remember the acidic nature of hatred works both ways.


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-22 22:32:16

    I agree with the others who have taken awhile to comment. I’m so shocked it took me some time to compose myself prior to posting. This man’s "preaching" is horrific, but not any different from my local newspaper who repeatedly prints similar "letters to the editor" from a local nutcase. Luckily she is usually loudly and vehemently chastised... but she doesn’t care, and neither do the editors of the paper. They always print her violent rants. These are the people who scare the crap out of me because there are poor ignorant slobs out there who believe them. All we can do is be out, present ourselves to our communities and let people know who we are.


  • david boo, 2012-05-22 22:47:47

    Well said all of you! I am shocked and saddened that this man did this. I’ll pray for his soul!


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-22 23:06:42

    I agree with the pastor. Lets make one for all the murderers, rapists, and child abuser too...only not give them the food!


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-23 04:33:14

    Wow...just wow. I can’t believe how ignorant a person can be. He must be a fan of Hitler


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-23 11:39:52

    He has been doing this since the 70s, at least. http://www.haroldstarkly.com/2012/05/worley-update-advocating-killing-homos.html#links He doesn’t care what we think, he is a mentally deranged zealot in the service of his god, as self-destructive as the hijackers on 9/11. We only have two choices, tolerate his ilk and marginalize him as the poor, sick, basket case he is or lower ourselves to his level; and put him in a cage.


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-23 12:19:57

    This is no Man of God. At the very least he should be defrocked. If the Baptist Church fails to act, his diatribe truly indicates how far some Christian churches have strayed from the Message of Christ: Love God and love your neighbor. If Christ refused to condemn the adulterous woman who was brought before him, how dare men of God act as judges and executors? This is the reason that so many Gays and Lesbians, who (like myself) were once ardent Christians, have turned away from the churches they are born into.


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-23 12:53:28

    I hate giving attention to stupid stuff like these, but I want to make a point to all religious people. Jesus did not die so that you can create temples full of haters. KKK not longer needs to hide behind masks when they can preach from a tax sheltered establishment call The church..


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-23 12:55:59

    Wait! Our tax dollars go to support this? The IRS should clamp down on hate groups that mask themselves as religious organization. I say no more free tax ride for churches....


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-23 15:48:53

    I have NEVER understood why churches were tax exempt to begin with. Many have amazing bequest programs set up and land holdings as a result. Any church that engages in political rhetoric under the guise of sermon should most definitely be subject to taxation.


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-23 20:32:32

    Hey All, There are at least two petitions on change.org regarding this deranged fanatic’s resignation/termination. Please, let’s all sign and make a difference.


  • Anonymous, 2012-05-24 23:15:37

    This man is obviously completely immoral and sick. What he does prove is good reason for clear laws protecting the safety, human and equality rights of LGBT people. Furthermore, since true Christians also believe that when one sows a thought, you reap an action, this man has to know that his preaching will result in some people engaging in acts of violence, even murder, against LGBT people. Unless the Baptist "church" condemns his statements, it is clear they support his advocacy of hate and violence.


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