A North Carolina pastor recently suggested gay and lesbian individuals should be locked up so they can "die off."
(Image Source: Advocate.com ) BY MATTHEW PICHT ANCHOR LAUREN GORES A North Carolina pastor recently suggested gays and lesbians should be rounded into concentration camps. And — it’s been uncovered — it’s not the first of his gay-bashing rants from the pulpit. Video of the sermon, which was posted to YouTube by an activist group, shows the preacher railing against President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage, announced earlier this month. Charles Worley goes on to his plan for “getting rid of all the lesbians and queers”: internment camps with electrified fences. “And you know what, in a few years they’ll die off. You know why? They can’t reproduce.” That was in mid-May — on Mother’s Day — days after President Obama personally endorsed gay marriage. But CNN has video of another, decades-old rant. ANCHOR: “Here’s part of a sermon he gave back in 1978. ” WORLEY: “Blessed God, forty years ago, they’d of hung ‘em, blessed God, from a white oak tree.’” Members of Worley’s congregation are supporting their minister, saying this sermon doesn’t reflect his true nature. “I would just like for people to be able to see the other side of Charles Worley...it’s a small part of what he had to say, taken out of context.” But other residents of the town are outraged at the pastor’s message. The Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate organization is organizing a peaceful protest against Worley’s sermon, saying that “hate is not welcome in our community.” Protest organizer Laura Tipton told MSNBC ... “‘I think the message needs to get out... 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.’” While Worley’s gay-bashing is what’s grabbing attention, HLN reports political comments in the same sermon might leave the church in legal trouble. “He also said he would never vote for a president that supports abortion rights or same sex marriage...Some religious leaders may push to have the church’s tax exemption revoked. They say that his comments about the president violate separation of church and state.” Since the video went viral, the Providence Road Baptist Church’s website has been down, and the pastor has been unavailable for comment.