A Baptist pastor in North Carolina has triggered internet outrage with his call from the pulpit for all gays and lesbians to be rounded up, fenced in like cattle, then left to die.
Reverend Charles Worley delivered his unabashedly homophobic homily in the United States — at his independent Providence Road Baptist Church in the small town of Maiden.
“Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 miles long — put all the lesbians in there, fly over and drop some food,” Worley told his congregation, as seen in a video that went viral on YouTube with more than 550,000 views.
“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,” he said.
“It makes me pukin’ sick to think about — I don’t even know whether y’all can say this in the pulpit or not — can you imagine kissing some man?” Worley said.
With some of his parishioners in the background shouting “amen”, Worley, 71, went on to say: “I ain’t going to vote for a baby killer or a homosexual lover.”
That was an apparent reference to President Barack Obama, who recently came out in favour of same-sex marriage, and who is not opposed to abortion.
The local Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate launched a social media campaign to condemn Worley’s sermon and organise a protest at his church this weekend.
“We need to line the street in front of the church with people with some common sense to tell the world that hate is not welcome in our community. And, believe me, the world is watching!” it said.
Same-sex marriage is a hot-button social issue looming over Obama’s bid for re-election in November, and it’s uncertain whether North Carolina, which voted for him in 2008, will do so again.
Obama’s apparent Republican adversary Mitt Romney opposes gay and lesbian marriage.
On May 8, North Carolina voters approved a state constitutional amendment forbidding gay marriages, civil unions and domestic partnerships. Similar bans exist in around 30 other US states.
Before the vote, Pastor Sean Harris of the Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville instructed parents to use force if their children show signs of being gay.
“So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, “Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do.
“Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. OK?”
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