NC pastor wants to isolate gays, lesbians until they "die out"

Published: May. 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM EDT
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MAIDEN, NC (WBTV) - A North Carolina pastor's sermon is going viral after he explained his controversial plan to "get rid of" lesbians and homosexuals.

The video shows a sermon from Pastor Charles L. Worley from Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina.  The sermon was record on May 13, according to the church's website.

Pastor Worley's sermon, in part, was a response to President Obama's support of gay marriage after Amendment One passed in North Carolina earlier this month.

"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," Pastor Worley was recorded saying. "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!"

The pastor then continues his sermon, explaining what he would do with lesbians and homosexuals, if he could.

Warning: The pastor's quotes are unedited and contain some foul language.

"I had a way... 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," he said."

"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. 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."

Members of a Charlotte group for equality call Pastor Worley's words shocking and terrifying.

"Calling for violence against and mass murder of minorities is inexcusable," said Matt Comer of the Charlotte Rainbow Action Network for Equality (CRANE). "My heart aches for any of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) 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."

"History has taught us that there can be a very thin line between religiously-inspired violent rhetoric and real calls to physical violence," Comer told WBTV. "This pastor proposes sending LGBT people to Nazi-like concentration camps." "

Pastor Worley continued to preach by saying if a man ever has a child, he'll be the first to do so.

"All of these... you might as well 'Amen' 'cuz I'm gonna preach the hell out of all of us."

He stated that the thought of homosexuality made him physically ill.

"God have mercy it makes me puking sick to think about... [pause] I don't even know that you ought to say this on the pulpit or not," he continued. "Could you imagine kissing some man? My God - I love you fellas, but not that much."

According to the church's website, Providence Road Baptist Church is an "old-fashioned church" and idealizes itself as a "Fundamental, Independent Missionary Baptist Church." Pastor Worley has been with the church since 1976, according to the website, and has been preaching since 1959.

"We offer NO apologies in believing the King James Version of the Bible is the inerrant Word of God," the website proclaims.

The full service, which was recorded at nearly an hour and a half, was removed shortly after WBTV listened to the sermon.

In the YouTube version of the video, Pastor Worley calls President Obama a "baby killer" and a "homosexual lover."

"You say 'did you mean to say that'," he says in his sermon, "You better believe I did!"

The YouTube version of the video cuts off shortly before Pastor Worley is able to clarify his sentiments, but WBTV listened to the rest of the sermon before it was taken off the church's website.

"I believe that other crowd - they went crazy. You say 'Well you are against 'em' and I want them all to go to Hell. No - I want 'em all to get saved," he clarified to his congregation. "I'm not against their sin and you don't go out of here and lie! I'm against the sin, but I'm not against them! I want them to get saved, but I will not accept that way of life here, nor hereafter."

He then told his congregation that a man and a woman can have a family, but a man and a man "can have a bunch of Hell."

"I don't know how people get that way," Pastor Worley stated. "But I'm gonna tell you one thing - it ain't right."

He even questioned, at one point, if he should be saying what he was saying during the sermon.

"They say that you're gonna get in trouble with the government. Well, I just want 'yuns to know that I like that bubble gum stuff, so bring it to me," he told his church. "And I like sunflower seeds, so bring me some of them, because if you have to go to jail for preaching the word of God - someone told me the other day - said you'll be the first one locked up. And I said 'Thank God!' Amen. Hallelujah. That's good preaching."

Pastor Worley spoke out his original sermon the next Sunday, after getting feedback from some of his congregation and the community.

"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," he told his congregation on May 20. "I want to read it out of the Bible and then we'll go from there."

"And listen - all of you that are watching or listening - go ahead and put this on your Facebook like you did the other and we'll be blessed.  They say 'You don't love us.' 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. I'm praying for you to be saved."

At least one group plans to protest Pastor Worley before his next sermon on Sunday.

They plan to meet at Maiden Elementary School on Sunday morning at  9 am, organizer Laura Tipton told WBTV. The group then plans to shuttle people to the church or carpool and will peacefully protest with signs.

Comer says he believes Worley should take back his comments.

"He owes no less than an immediate and forthright retraction of his comments and an apology to the LGBT community," Comer told WBTV. "And he should take steps to meet with LGBT community members to better understand and respect our human dignity."

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