If you thought that President Barack Obama‘s announcement that he supports same-sex marriage went over relatively well in the church community, then you most likely haven’t been exposed to Pastor Charles Worley (pictured left) of Providence Road Baptist Church in North Carolina. In a recorded video that was taped a week ago, Pastor Worley told his congregation that the President’s announcement made him “sick to his stomach” and that he would solve the problem of gays and lesbians by “get[ting] rid of” them, according to WTSP.
On May 13th, Pastor Worley grilled President Obama for his position on gay marriage:
“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!”
But his fury and indignation only intensified when talking about what his solution would be for gays and lesbians:
“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.
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“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.”
Watch the video here:
Obviously, Pastor Worley’s sentiments have caused a backlash in the LBGT community. The local Charlotte Rainbow Action Network for Equality representative Matt Comer was horrified by Pastor Worley’s comments:
“Calling for violence against and mass murder of minorities is inexcusable. 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. This pastor proposes sending LGBT people to Nazi-like concentration camps.”
Pastor Worley has been with Providence church since 1959 and has been preaching there since 1976.