What is it with anti-gay rants and North Carolina these days? Is this the official hotbed of homophobia? In tandem with the hot topic of same-sex marriage that has polarized the political sphere recently, the past few weeks have seen a steady stream of hate-filled rhetoric spewing from so-called religious men in the state.
Now video of yet another disgustingly homophobic sermon has hit the Web. The North Carolina pastor in the limelight this time is identified on YouTube as Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C. This fine specimen of human compassion begins by blasting President Obama for his support of same-sex marriage. Ho-hum, nothing too surprising there, just your standard anti-gay religious mumbo jumbo. But then, as if trying to separate himself from the herd, the bloated old white guy goes a step further. A big step.
In the video, reportedly shot on May 13, Worley says he's come up with a way to "get rid of all the lesbians and queers." His bright idea: "Build a great, big, large fence -- 150 or 100 mile long. Put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food." He goes on: "Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can't get out, feed 'em ... and you know what, in a few years, they'll die out... Do you know why? They can't reproduce!"
Worley continued his anti-gay comments, unapologetic, as if he hadn't just suggested something akin to Hitler's "Final Solution." What's almost as bad is that not only did no one in his congregation challenge this idea or even seem shocked, many of them actually cheered or said a quiet "Amen."
Presumably, Worley used Scripture to justify his hatred for homosexuals. Putting aside the fact that Jesus would never condone this kind of despicable intolerance, maybe the man is simply confused. Is it possible that instead of reading the Bible lately, he's been perusing Mein Kampf?