A North Carolinian pastor Charles Worley took to the podium during his rant sermon to let the congregation of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C. in on his new model for dealing with gays.
In a video which was reportedly taken on May 13th, and is now circulating the internet, Worley proposes to “Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 mile long — put all the lesbians in there,” and “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!”
Worley is kind enough to provide these exiled members of society with food, offering that planes can be arranged to fly over head and drop off parcels hunger games style.
The Pastor then brings it back to Obama adding that he would never vote for “a baby killer and a homosexual lover.”
Although Worley’s speech prompted some cheering and encouragement by the crowd, not all were as accepting of the radical and violent views.
The Daily News spoke to Laura Tipton, an activist within Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate (CVCAH):
“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,” she said.
CVCAH were the ones to post the video on YouTube in hopes to gather as many people as possible to protest Worley on Sunday, May 27th.
Tipton made it clear, however, that this protest would not be against Christianity, but against hate.
“This is not a protest against faith or religion,” she said. “I believe we will have Christians at this protest. This is against a man who has the power to mold minds and influence opinions . . . and this is the message you’re sending?”
The activist called Worley about the video and during this conversation he invited her by to come and have a listen to one of his sermons, even providing the time it would start, which Tipton took as Worley “trying to prove a point that he has nothing to hide.”
Worley backtracking is unlikely, or at least futile, since the video clearly shows him stating his concrete homophobic views countless times, and so he is probably preparing a special sermon catered to protestors for this Sunday.
North Carolina has recently become a gay rights movement focus after the state approved a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between only a man and a woman.
I can’t help but watch the video and be reminded of a dumb-downed Nazi. Worley is almost one to be feared, however seems only ignorant and uneducated due to his lack of proper grammar and his inability to pronounce against (when referring to homosexuality he says “I’m again it” more times than I’d like to count).
Ultimately the hideous delivery of the speech may even cause further separation between citizens of southern states like North Carolina and liberal ones like New York, leading outsiders to believe that all North Carolinians are incapable of speaking properly, and are full of hate and bigoted views.
Fortunately, this one man cannot account for an entire state, however, he can and does have the ability to reach out to large groups of people and spread ideas and models of intolerant behavior.
Replace the word gay or queer with Jew, Black, Jap – you name it – and you have a sermon that would likely send the entire country into a tailspin of outrage and disgust.
So why is it that hate is acceptable in one form, yet prevented and protected against in another?
This is a question that the gay rights movement consistently begs, and one which our country will eventually have to answer, just like we have in the past with movements that sought to bring justice to minorities groups similar to those listed above.
Leaving off – just think of the closeted child brought to church by his/her family, who secretly struggles with his/her identity and sexuality, having to listen to a man rant and rave about how gays deserve to die alone and secluded from society. Does it get better for these children? Laura Tipton and activists similar to her show that yes, it does get better… or at least it will.