A North Carolina pastor's supposedly vehement anti-gay sermon is making its way around the blogosphere. According to a YouTube description, the man depicted in the clip is named Charles L. Worley and he is the faith leader at Providence Road Baptist Church in the town of Maiden. In his address, the faith leader discussed, among other themes, "a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers."
In the two-minute video, which appears to be a portion taken from a longer sermon, Worley condemns Obama's recent endorsement of gay marriage, and makes a shocking statement about homosexuals -- that they should be placed inside of an electrified pen until they die off. Call his words mere hyperbole or pure hate -- at the least, taken in the minimal context they're presented in, they are stunning.
"Build a great, big, large fence -- 150 or 100 mile long -- put all the lesbians in there," he said in the sermon, which was allegedly filmed on May 13. "Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can't get out...and you know what, in a few years, they'll die out...do you know why? They can't reproduce!"
Now, one could argue here that the faith leader is making a grander statement about mere anatomy. If the lesbians and gays are separated into groups, naturally they cannot pro-create without the mating with the opposite sex. If his grander point is about the inability of same-sex couples to have children, well that's self explanatory. But "getting rid" of homosexuals -- that's a different story entirely (one that raises eyebrows).
As for the upcoming election, Worley implied that he won't be voting for Obama. He said, "I'm not going to vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover."
Watch these shocking words, below:
According to the Daily News, local gay rights advocates are planning to protest outside of the church in the coming days:
Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate (CVCAH), the group that posted the clip to YouTube, plans to protest Worley and the church on Sunday, May 27.
“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,” activist Laura Tipton, who organized the protest, told The News.
Tipton, who lives in nearby Hickory, N.C., says she called the church and spoke to Worley after learning about the video.
“He invited us to come down, and even let us know what time the sermon starts,” she said, adding that Worley might be “trying to prove a point that he has nothing to hide.”
Tipton stresses that the protest is not anti-Christian.
So, it seems Worley, who according to the church's web site has been a pastor at the church since 1976, isn't going to be let off easy for his purported anti-gay rhetoric. It will be interesting to see how the dialogue between the two parties unfolds moving forward. Considering the recent ban on same-sex marriage in North Carolina, it's no wonder this is such a hot-button issue there.
(H/T: Huffington Post)