Love Defeats Anti-Gay Hate in North Carolina (Video)

Thousands protested on Sunday against a North Carolina Pastor that thinks gays and lesbians should be put in concentration camps.

Video of Pastor Charles L Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden emerged recently in which he said:

I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers. 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.

Following this video going viral, Anderson Cooper spoke to a parishioner, Stacey Pritchard, who supported Worley:

It also emerged that a sermon from 1978 from Worley is online in which he says:

I’m God’s preacher. I just believe the book. Living in a day when, you know what, it saddens my heart to think that homosexuals can go around, bless God, and get the applause of a lot of people. Lesbians and all the rest of it? Bless God, forty years ago they’d have hung ‘em, bless God, from a white oak tree, wouldn’t they? Amen.

Writing for Huffington Post, local resident Evan Adams points out that this rhetoric had real life consequences:

I am faced with the fear that a member of the Providence Road congregation, possibly even Mr. Worley himself, will literally do whatever it takes “to get rid of all the lesbians and queers.”

He reported Worley to the local cops, but was told that until someone is physically injured as a result of Mr. Worley’s rhetoric, the police will do nothing to intervene.

Bill Leonard, professor at Wake Forest University Divinity School, told the Associated Baptist Press:

Pastor Worley said things that are repugnant in any Christian pulpit, that shame the name Baptist and undercut the gospel itself. Although I’ve sometime been embarrassed to be a Baptist, until now I’ve never really been ashamed.

Leonard compared Worley’s statements to the 1980 remarks of then-Southern Baptist Convention president the Rev. Bailey Smith that “God Almighty does not hear the prayers of a Jew.” He said:

E. Glenn Hinson, then my colleague at the Baptist seminary in Louisville and one of the most Christ-like human beings I have ever known, said of that [Worley’s] statement, “Such is the stuff of which holocausts are made.”

Well, on Sunday at least 2,000 turned out to protest this hate preacher. For the protest organized by Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate, the Hickory Record reports:

The protestors came out in force to bring a message of love and acceptance. Their signs bore bold statements like, “Jesus had 2 dads and he turned out just fine.” And “I am a gay, moral, conservative Christian.”

Sheriff’s deputies and Newton police officers kept the peace as the protestors stood by the side of the road and cheered every time a car drove past and honked in approval.

Counter protesters carried signs including “Sodomites are vile, unnatural and worthy of death. Romans 1:21-32″. Worley was greeted at his church with a standing ovation.

Watch this (there are many) immensely moving video of the thousands who turned out for “love not hate:”

Local news report: These haters are losing.

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Annmari Lundin
Annmari L5 years ago

It brings hope to the world that so many joined in a protest against this hate monger and instead showed him and his followers that love conquers all! Thanks for your courage and love!

Annmari Lundin
Annmari L5 years ago

Churches of hate, there are so many of them and they are all tax exempt!
And they are all worthy of my contempt!

See, it even rhimes!

Brenna C.
Brenna C.5 years ago

what in the he** are u worried about, u nut-job? i'm straight and i'm sure u have nothing to worry about you nasty old hick, as it's obvious nobody will be chasing u down to try and sodomize ur nasty butt! your followers don't need to worry either, as they have plenty of well educated, nice ppl to chose from w/out having to go to neck of the woods to try to get a date! why don't YOU and ur ppl fence urselves in and the rest of us can let u wallow like pigs in mud. u r trash. i don't care if u read this or passes my time and serves as cheap entertainment. now go and wallow in ur pigsty w/the the rest of ur herd.

Barbara K.
Barbara K5 years ago

This ignorant glory seeker should be committed. He is very dangerous. He is a racist that knows his rant against gay and lesbians will be supported by most conservatives. A rant about any other minority would not be supported. Does he really think if every gay person died this moment that none would be born in the next second? This idiot pollutes my air!

Olivia Lim
Olivia Lim5 years ago

As a Christian I believe in a loving God. As these people proved, love>hate all the time.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

Of course we can't jail people for their thoughts, but when someone is threatening in words, it should be taken seriously BEFORE he physically hurts a person he doesn't deem worthy of life.

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Robyn Vorsa5 years ago

Thanks to all the people that came to protest. My own daughter has just come out as gay and I support her fully. It is time we stop homophobia once and for all.

Ahren A.
Past Member 5 years ago

The Holocaust of WWII was evidence of the EVIL that humans were capable of and, as it should, is today condemned by all the civilized in the world. The Germans today are extemely careful not to let that EVIL take over their land again for in their schools, more than any other nation, from an eary age, children are educated about what had happened in their nation and to ever be watchful lest it happens again.

And here we are in THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN 2012. , we have a religious leader (with a huge following) out in the open for all the world to see calling for the MASS KILLING OF A GROUP OF HUMAN BEINGS.

s. r.
p. q5 years ago

i'm going to go with a conservative estimate of 139 on the left, 68 on the right.

Edith B.
Edith B5 years ago

I am so glad the people in that town turned out to protest his ridiculous statements.