Of gays, lesbians and an electric fence in North Carolina

Below is a clip of the anti-gay sermon by the Rev. Charles Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C., that’s whipping around the Internet via YouTube:

Look, it doesn’t matter what you think of gay marriage or Barack Obama. Should it ever come to pass, the inside of the Reverend Worley’s electric fence will be the only side to be on. And it’s a sin that anyone should have to say so.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

For instant updates, follow me on Twitter, or connect with me on Facebook.

207 comments Add your comment

SHELBY FRANCIS

May 23rd, 2012
10:12 am

This man preaches hate and calls himself a Christian. That’s probably enough said, but of course I will say more. Why don’t these religious people choose a subject that is mentioned in the 10 Commandments. Another words why not pick hatred for theives, or adulterers, or something like that. As the survey has shown, those who speak the loudest are usually the guilty ones……….Go Rev Worley. You make me pukin’ sick!

Mark

May 23rd, 2012
10:13 am

Oh no! Christians advocating killings and electrocution? I’m stunned!

Patrick

May 23rd, 2012
10:17 am

I think it is funny the Reverend is now the “poster child” for the Southern Baptists. Way to put a face on your “religion” Reverand Worley!

Keep up the good work and keep those camera’s rolling so we can all continue to see you!

Aquagirl

May 23rd, 2012
10:18 am

That was quite a long pause after “can you imagine kissing another man?”

John K

May 23rd, 2012
10:21 am

Ah, he’s preaching the religion of peace, eh?

Richard

May 23rd, 2012
10:21 am

We need Mel Brooks to write a song about the North Carolina version of the Inquisition. What a Show!

Auntie Christ

May 23rd, 2012
10:22 am

I seem to remember a few days ago, a number of the good baptist brethren commenting here took me to task for suggesting that the baptists preached politics from the pulpit. They claimed it just doesn’t happen.
I would criticize this good christian man, but he happened to mention that he knows what god thinks, so he must be on a first name basis with her and converses regularly with her, I don;t want to get on the good reverends bad side and have him telling god to put me in some kind of electrified corral like the gays.
I’m just glad I live in a good christian nation, where people like the good reverend here elect like minded republicans who love America, but hate most Americans.

Tom

May 23rd, 2012
10:22 am

This is the true face of American Christianity, folks.

janet

May 23rd, 2012
10:29 am

Me thinks the preacher doth protest too much.

Auntie Christ

May 23rd, 2012
10:32 am

And it’s risible that the republicans are going to make Jeremiah Wright a campaign issue this year becasue Wright is ‘unAmerican.’ There is only one Jeremiah Wright, but the LARGE majority of republicans attend churches every Sunday where the kind of vitriol spouted by this guy worley, pat roberson, the grahams and others is the norm.

Jack Nasty

May 23rd, 2012
10:36 am

Pastors usually feel like God is speaking THROUGH them to the congregation. I know God is not speaking through this man and his hateful message. I’m AGIN him…

Let's not get carried away

May 23rd, 2012
10:40 am

This is one of the most repugnant things I’ve seen lately. But just because this guy claims he speaks for Christians does not mean, as one person generalized, that “this is the true face of American Christianity.”

Reverend Father Charlie

May 23rd, 2012
10:47 am

There is no vileness that cannot be freely uttered by a man whose name is prefaced with the word Reverend.

Patrick

May 23rd, 2012
10:48 am

Get Real–Revorand Worley. Reverend Worley–Get Real.

You two make a fine looking couple.

zeke

May 23rd, 2012
10:48 am

what a dumb ship this guy is….they can’t reproduce…..what a more on…..

Tom

May 23rd, 2012
10:51 am

Well, Let’s-not-get-carried-away, I’m just speaking the truth in love. The good Rev. Worley hates the sin but loves the sinner.

Get Real

May 23rd, 2012
10:53 am

This man represents “christians” no more than the anti-white, anti-jew Louis Farrakkhan represents all blacks. Im christian and think the idea of 2 men together is truly disgusting (ever seen a gay pride parade? ) Yes i believe they are cursed by God, yes i believe they have crappy lives. It dosent however…. mean that i believe they should be electruicted or put in a fence. To say the majority of christians feel the way of this pastor, is misleading to say the least.

the cat

May 23rd, 2012
10:57 am

get real-you represent christians and I wouldn’t want anything to do with you. Your views make me sick.

Marlboro Man

May 23rd, 2012
10:57 am

A clear reason to revoke non-profit status. Taxes are due.

DannyX

May 23rd, 2012
11:01 am

“The good Rev. Worley hates the sin but loves the sinner.”

Yes Tom, the wonderful Rev Worley proved that when he mentioned that a helicopter would drop food inside the concentration camps, a very compassionate gesture. If Rev Worley was truly a hateful person he would have parachuted Get Real down to live with them. I feel the love.

Hate the sin, love the concentration camps, its the new Christian.

Patrick

May 23rd, 2012
11:03 am

” Im christian and think the idea of 2 men together is truly disgusting”

Get Real–I do agree that the idea of you and Reverend Worley together calling themselves Christians IS truly disgusting.

GiGi6

May 23rd, 2012
11:04 am

This guy makes me ILL!! What makes me SICKEST is that I AM a Christian and that man is NO one I would be associated with!! No, the majority Republican Christians are NOT sitting in churches somewhere listening to this garbage!! Don’t judge all Christians by this idiot!! Please also don’t lump this idiot in with sound Christian Preachers!! He does NOT represent me or anyone Christian I know!! And I am a church secretary of a Baptist Church!! NOT THAT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Refugee from the "Sahara of the Bozart" (Thank God and H.L. Mencken We Escaped)

May 23rd, 2012
11:04 am

Dixie is making funny noises as it circles the drain. Jim, this is another video of NC preachers competing with Jawja for the front pages of buffoonery. Sentient beings are fleeing the “Hate States” before it is too late and they find themselves fenced in for real. Just saying…

melshop

May 23rd, 2012
11:07 am

A couple of points: I am a Christian and believe homosexuality is a sin but don’t agree with the tone (and actual words) of this particular sermon. However, being raised a Southern Baptist, I understand this style of preaching better than most. It’s a bit hard to explain, but the style is to go to an extreme to illustrate a point. It doesn’t mean he actually would put up a fence for gays, but he is saying it to demonstrate how much he is opposed to it. His real point is that, if you separate them, they can’t exist beyond a generation because they can’t naturally reproduce. I know many see this and look at what he said and take it at face value because of his actual words, but I am telling you there is a difference. All Christians I know, and my pastor who also preaches against all forms of sin including this one, have the belief that Jesus died so that everyone who confesses their sins and comes to Him may have eternal life. God sent His Son to be the sacrifice for our sins because God loves us – all of us – and the gay person is no exception. God can deliver anyone from ANY sin, although He may allow some to struggle for a lifetime in order to keep them seeking Him. Therefore, the best way for us to win the lost – including homosexuals – to Christ is by showing them God’s love. While I support preaching against sin and providing a bit of clarity on moral issues in American culture, this sermon clearly does not encourage church members to spread the Gospel and love people to Christ.

Tom

May 23rd, 2012
11:07 am

In the spirit of Christian charity, let us all agree that Rev. Worley is No True Scotsman.

Ashley

May 23rd, 2012
11:08 am

@Get Real….you seem to know a lot about gay people…… you probably need to focus more on your spelling and punctuation, instead of making ignorant statements about people who you deem unworthy. Cursed by God you say….please stop drinking the Pat Robertson kool-aid.

Jeff

May 23rd, 2012
11:09 am

Auntie Christ: Please, don’t bring Billy Graham into this mess. I’m reading through Jonathan Merritt’s new book “A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars”, and based on Merritt’s experience with the man that he shared in Chapter 2, I’m utterly convinced that Rev Billy Graham would be absolutely aghast at this man. Can’t speak for Franklin, but then, Franklin isn’t held in NEAR the regard his father is.

the cat

May 23rd, 2012
11:10 am

melshop-not hard to explain at all. I know hate and homophobia when I see it. You do too but have been brainwashed by your “pastor” to think otherwise. You are no better than get real for condoning this.

double

May 23rd, 2012
11:11 am

Adultery/homosexuality both abominations.Adultery just pays a higher tithe so in human eyes not as serious sin.

Patrick

May 23rd, 2012
11:11 am

Melshop–way to stick up for the Reverand.

” It’s a bit hard to explain, but the style is to go to an extreme to illustrate a point. It doesn’t mean he actually would put up a fence for gays, but he is saying it to demonstrate how much he is opposed to it”

There was this German guy who used word like this to illustrate a similar point a while back. Why don’t you Google it and see how that turned out.

Look before I leap...

May 23rd, 2012
11:12 am

@Get Real:

AIDS is God’s curse upon gays?
You do realize that 90% of the world’s AIDS cases occur in heterosexuals?
God has really bad aim if he meant AIDS to be a plague upon homosexuals.

But don’t let facts get in the way of your hate or your so-called Christian thinking.
I think Jesus would be ashamed of you.

Jeff

May 23rd, 2012
11:13 am

And for those trying to paint all American Christians the color of the idiot above, I give you this, published the day after this idiot preached that extremely disturbing and theologically and morally incorrect sermon: (Distillation of some of Merritt’s points in the book I mentioned above) http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/features/29244-7-ways-the-church-should-change-its-political-tune

Frankie

May 23rd, 2012
11:17 am

being gay is a sin….right
killing is a sin…right
adultery is a sin….right

there are a ton of sins that we christians, non-christians, jews, catholic, muslims, hindu, buddist, etc. commit everyday.

should these sinners also be sectioned off and allowed to die off.

apparently, this preacher believes that gays/lesbians are born this way…some are some aren’t. what happens to the ones that change after they are born…wouldn’t they be on the side of the fence with the non-gay/lesbian sinners…

the long pause of the preacher imagining he was kissing another man…
I am willing to bet that sooner or later (SOONER), we will read that this preacher was found out to have a male lover…..or being on the down low…kissing a man between his legs….what a fool….

Look before I leap...

May 23rd, 2012
11:17 am

@melshop:

“His real point is that, if you separate them, they can’t exist beyond a generation because they can’t naturally reproduce”

Has anyone in your narrow-minded constituency ever considered the fact that 99.999999% of the gay people who have ever walked the face of the earth, did so as a result of heterosexual coupling?

Native Atlantan

May 23rd, 2012
11:22 am

We would die off in a generation? Seriously? How do this folks think most of us got here? I’m not the son of 2 men or 2 women — I am the son of my mother and father; deeply religious parents who still loved me and my partner of 25 years. What happens to the next generation of gays — do they get dropped in the camp as well?

Good Lord — the ignorance is thick.

double

May 23rd, 2012
11:23 am

And Eve was the mother of all.Bible don’t say Adam father of all.

GaBlue

May 23rd, 2012
11:25 am

I think it should be illegal for Baptist preachers to marry or adopt children.

Look before I leap...

May 23rd, 2012
11:26 am

@double
“And Eve was the mother of all.Bible don’t say Adam father of all.”

I’m still trying to figure out where Cain and Abel’s wives came from.
That one has always given me the heebie jeebies.

sheepdawg

May 23rd, 2012
11:27 am

blathering idiot

Inis Magrath

May 23rd, 2012
11:28 am

This proves that it is a LIE when these preachers types say, “Hate the sin but love the sinner.”

Forcing people into a concentration camp until they “die off” is not how anyone would show love.

Look before I leap...

May 23rd, 2012
11:31 am

I am envisioning a paid public service announcement from Bob Barker:

“…and don’t forget to spay or nueter your local Baptists”

the cat

May 23rd, 2012
11:31 am

I am a firm believer in ALL churches losing their tax free status.

sheepdawg

May 23rd, 2012
11:32 am

american taliban at work, no different from what the muslems preach

the cat

May 23rd, 2012
11:32 am

And I would love to hear Michelle Bachman’s take on this. We know her husband can pray away the gay (except for himself apparently).

Twinkletoes

May 23rd, 2012
11:33 am

For all of you who think gay/lesbian folks are sinners: do you believe that everyone w/blue eyes is a mutant? No, of course not, so your sinning analogy is just as valid as that crazy belief. I don’t know of ANYONE who is g/l/b/t who suddenly decides to be g/l/b/t. Who, in their right mind, would choose to be vilified by society, called a sinner by those who claim to be christian (what on earth happened to love thy neighbor as you love yourself?) or beaten to death/murdered for being who you are? Being g/l/b/t is just as much a birth condition as blue or brown eyes are. Gay/lesbian folks are everywhere in our society whether you can identify them or not!!! And it’s WAY past time that all humans were given equal rights!

Rockerbabe

May 23rd, 2012
11:33 am

His attitude towards the lord’s children is very sad and disturbing to say the least. He should turn in his credentials [assuming he has any] as a preacher of Christ’s teachings, because his comments are anything but Christ-like.

Look before I leap...

May 23rd, 2012
11:33 am

The sad thing is, I suspect collections are up 20% in this yahoo’s church.

Rockerbabe

May 23rd, 2012
11:35 am

the cat: ditto. no self-respecting church should accept a government subsidy of any kind.

Rockerbabe

May 23rd, 2012
11:36 am

Inis Magrath: concentration camps are unamerican and not Christ-like at all.

Marie

May 23rd, 2012
11:36 am

Replace “Lesbians, Queers and Homosexuals” with the word “Jew” and who does this guy sound like. Heil Worley! He and his ilk are the reason I am no longer a Christian. To paraphrase Ghandi: “I like your Christ, it is your Christians I do no like for they are nothing like your Christ.”