A North Carolina pastor preached hate in a recent sermon when he theorized that gay and lesbian people should be put behind an electric fence and left there to ‘die out’.
Pastor Charles Worley, 71, gave the incendiary sermon on Mother’s Day in the Providence Road Baptist Church, and his homicidal plans were met with a receptive audience.
‘I figured a way out, a way to get rid of all the lesbians and the queers, but I couldn’t get it passed the Congress,’ he started off.
‘Build a great big large fence, 50 or a hundred mile long. 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.
‘And you know what? In a few years they will die out. You know why? They can’t reproduce.’
The May 13 sermon came just days after President Obama announced that he personally supports equal rights for all Americans, and said that same-sex marriage should allowed throughout the country.
Mr Worley clearly took issue with that, and turned his rant towards the upcoming presidential election.
‘I tell ya right now, somebody said, “Who you gonna vote for?” I ain’t gonna vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover!’ he said referencing Mr Obama’s stances on abortion and same-sex marriage.
‘You said, “Did you mean to say that?” You better believe I did,’ he said, making it clear that he was aware of the controversy that would surround his comments.
‘God have mercy- it makes me pukin’ sick.’
Local television station WBTV found a recording of a 1978 sermon by Mr Worley which shows that his homophobia has existed for a number of decades.
‘We’re living in a day, when you know what, it saddens my heart to think homosexuals can go around – Bless God – and get the applause of a lot of people. Lesbians and all the rest of it – Bless God – 40 years ago they would have hung them – Bless God – from a white oak tree. Wouldn’t they? Amen. Sure they would,’ Mr Worley says on the previous recording.
His recent flame-throwing rhetoric came at a time where the state’s views on homosexuals had prompted wide-spread outcry as well.
While other states have been consistently passing laws to allow same-sex marriage, North Carolina made a constitutional amendment to the state’s bylaws outlawing all forms of legal same-sex unions.
A group called the Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate is organizing a peaceful rally against Mr Worley in front of the church in an effort to show that his remarks were not accepted by the whole community.
‘I think the message needs to get out, especially because this is a North Carolina church and North Carolina has gotten a very bad rap,’ organizer Laura Tipton told MSNBC.
‘I think it’s important that people know that not all of us feel this way, that there is support for the LGBT community in this state.’