Bigot of the Week Award: May 25, Pastor Charles Worley and his Congregation

25 May

Bigot of the Week

Thank you to my friend Brad Fairchild for inspiring me to write this article.

This week’s bigot is a fine, upstanding example of what christian charity does NOT look like. Pastor Charles Worley of the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, NC, went on a rant in his sermon on May 13. Blasting President Obama for his support of marriage equality (I wonder how he voted on Amendment One…), Worley went one toxic step further.

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.

Setting aside both compassion and logic, Worley ignores the scientific fact that people are born gay and the practical fact that HETEROSEXUALS keep on popping them out. Not satisfied with calling for a death camp, Worley went on to call the President a “baby killer” and “homosexual lover.” He wrapped up his sermon (which you can see here if you can stomach it) with

God have mercy. It makes me pukin’ sick to think about — I don’t even know whether or not to say this in the pulpit — can you imagine kissing some man?

REALLY? How loving and KKKristian of you. Just how often DO you imagine kissing some man, Pastor? It turns out that Worley has been preaching this way for decades, including a recently surfaced sermon from 1978 in which he advocates lynching for gays and lesbians. Sadly, his congregation peppered his hate speech with “amens.” When interviewed by a local news station, many of them supported his words as “God’s Love.”  While I’m always hesitant to compare folk to Nazis, Pastor Worley is clearly a Nazi with his proposal to set up a death camp for the LGBT community.  I feel very sorry for Worley and his followers–that is some serious bad karma! Is anyone else singing this tune?

19 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: May 25, Pastor Charles Worley and his Congregation”

  1. Didion May 25, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Yeah, why stop at killing off LGBT folk, Pastor Worley? That’s the thing about genocide, you see: it’s so hard to keep things limited to just one or two groups.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 25, 2012 at 7:33 am #

      Didion, I love you for this! Thank you for commenting–you are spot on here, as you usually are.

  2. William May 25, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    1 Peter 5:14 KJV

    “Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

    It does Not specify boys kissing girls or that “kiss of charity” is some kind of metaphor

    *KKKristian of you* … Nice🙂

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 25, 2012 at 8:24 am #

      There you go again, inserting facts! Well done:)

      • William May 25, 2012 at 8:43 am #

        thank you .. it’s a bad habit … lol

        Leviticus 18:22

        “thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind it is abomination”

        That is often used as proof of Anti-Homosexual Law from “God” Common quote near everyone has heard these days

        Leviticus is the third book of “Torah”. Jewish Law written hundreds of years before the birth of Christ.

        Making it “Pre-Christian” philosophy in the strictest sense

        Also making it the foundation of Power by which the Jewish Elders held authority over the Jewish people.

        The same Elders who wanted Christ to Dead for his “blasphemy” against their teachings.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

        Keep up the good work and inserting facts!

  3. prideinmadness May 25, 2012 at 9:00 am #


  4. William May 25, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    By the way, Not a condemnation of the Jewish faith or anything.

    Just pointing out that “Christians” using ancient “Jewish” law to defend their case is absurd.

    • James Queale May 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

      Absurdity is the name of their game, sadly.

  5. James Queale May 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    One word: Crazy!

    Did you see the video of a church member defending him? Insane stuff!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      I hope it is just insanity, Jamie. I fear something nefarious, rather than insanity.

      • James Queale May 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

        Nefarious does seem to be a better description.

        It is scary because I’m not sure how to educate people like them who have outrageous preconceived notions. They are of the mindset, kill first, ask questions never.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

        Part of me says there is no way to educate folk like this and part of me says they just need a good history lesson. I wonder if showing them a movie about Hitler and how he treated gays would be helpful, something like Paragraph 175?

  6. James Queale May 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    It is amazing that so many people are not aware that gays were alongside Jews in the Holocaust. I was unaware until grade 11 history class, I had a teacher who did her dissertation about it.

    But, then you have people like Brian Fischer from the AFA, who are spewing misinformation and saying that it was gays who were the most ruthless Nazis. What a load of bull!

    In the clip, Anderson Cooper appeared to try and give a little bit of history to the church member, but when you are not given the proper critical thinking skills, it is difficult to get through. When you have Republicans butchering the education system, you end up with an ignorant nation.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 25, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

      You do a great job of articulating how Republicans benefit from keeping a population ignorant and thus gutting the education system.

  7. nevercontrary May 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    When people act like it is no big deal for the gay community to have less legal rights, be bullied, etc. I have had so many people tell me that no one really does mean things to gays you are being paranoid. I think of men like this and think are there people who want to put in in a concentration camp and let you die? No. Ok. than shut up.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

      I have the exact same reaction. I’m horrified that this fool has a congregation that defend him.

  8. Marriage Preaching January 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Whoa, Worley’s thoughts and suggestions are quite disturbing, and will surely keep me up at night.

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