It’s nice to see this outlandish man exposed on national media. As I blogged yesterday, Pastor Charles Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, NC recently told his congregation during a sermon that his solution to dealing with LGBTs is to send them to concentration camps to starve to death. Among other things, he said on video:
“Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 mile long — put all the lesbians in there. 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!
Pitiful. Stupid. Vile. But hasn’t Worley crossed the IRS line with this claptrap? Lisa Derrick at La Figa:
Then at 1:24, Pastor
HateWorley preaches from the pulpit:
Somebody says, Who are you gonna vote for?” I ain’t gonna vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover.
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And according to the North Carolina Secretary of State, Providence Road Baptist Church is a non-profit corporation. The IRS’ Tax Exempt Organization Manager in charge of the Mid-Atlantic region is:
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Last night Anderson Cooper took on this garbage, interviewing Rev. Welton Gaddy of the Interfaith Alliance.
Worley’s putrid bigotry was also discussed by Martin Bashir with Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at University of Pennsylvania. She said (via the New Civil Rights Movement):
I would say we need to sit down and look at scriptures together. Just as much as they say there is not a biblical justification for [same-sex marriage], people on the other side can make the justification from scripture. The problem about this is they are inflating two issues. One is a civil right and the other is what is their religious right and everybody interprets scripture a different way. So I think what we have to do is stop allowing people to come on TV and quote scriptures all the time and say that’s it, God settles it. If they don’t know the different between an errant, literal and infallible means, they shouldn’t be talking about it.
And what about Worley’s influence here in NC? I’ve never heard of him; he’s a clown out of the backwoods. All of these bigots have been riled up by the passage of Amendment One, and feel empowered to take it to the “final solution.” Look at one of the biggest proponents of A1, Patrick Wooden, who probably agrees with Worley. Alvin McEwen, from his post, “Crazy North Carolina pastors? Blame the Amendment One vote“:
I think the old man thinks too much of himself. For centuries the gay community have withstood violence, hatred, and ignorance wrapped up in a religious package. We have withstood scorn, ridicule, and also disease. I hardly think that the silly plans of a backwoods preacher can bring us down.
But sadly, I don’t solely blame Worley for his outrageous comments. I also blame the National Organization for Marriage and its recent successful Amendment One campaign. I’ve always said that wherever the organization goes, it leaves destroyed communities in the wake of its anti-marriage equality campaigns with people having to make amends with each other for voicing negative opinions about gays that were brought to the forefront.
Now in the case of North Carolina, NOM’s sickness has infected several pastors.
Worley is just one. Let’s not forget the diaper pastor Patrick Wooden who, because of NOM’s Amendment One campaign, claimed that gays have so much sex that we require stitches and diapers. He later doubled down on that lie and also claimed that gays use cellphones as sexual instruments.
That’s Wooden right there on the right at the Amendment One victory party. Doesn’t that look like a cell phone in his hand? If it is, I don’t want to know where he got it.
Regardless if you are gay or straight, Christian or not… this rhetoric is dangerous and harmful. Taking a peaceful stand for our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is paramount.
More details about the protest will be posted to this page soon. Please, only RSVP if you plan to come. If you are out of town, and support our cause but will not be coming to the event, please do not RSVP. In lieu of participating in this event, you can email Pastor Worley at firstname.lastname@example.org, to let him know what you think of his rhetoric. Remember, making threats against Pastor Worley will not help our cause and may result in criminal charges against you. Keep your message clean, clear and peaceful.