A North Carolina pastor suggested that all gays and lesbians should be confined by an electric fence until they die off surfaced online Monday (21 May).
Charles L. Worley, pastor of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina, delivered the sermon on May 13 criticizing President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage.
“I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers,” the pastor of a church which bills itself as ‘the home of old time religion’ told his congregation.
“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.”
He went on: “God have mercy. It makes me pukin’ sick to think about — I don’t even whether or not to say this in the pulpit — can you imagine kissing some man?”
When finishing his speech, Worley made it clear that he won’t be voting for Obama in the presidential race this fall stating that the president is ‘a baby killer and a homosexual lover.’ Many of the congregants cheer and reply, “Amen.”
Worley’s comments seem are quite similar to the statements made by Ron Baity, founding pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem and head of the anti-marriage equality organization Return America.
As The Huff Post writes, Ron Baity claimed that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people should be prosecuted as they were historically.
“For 300 years, we had laws that would prosecute that lifestyle,” he said. “We’ve gone down the wrong path. We’ve become so dumb that we have accepted a lie for the truth, and we’ve…discarded the truth on the shoals of shipwreck!”
However, there was one more Pastor Sean Harris of the Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville who urged parents to “punch” their male child if he is effeminate and “crack that wrist” if he is limp-wristed.
“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? You are not going to act like that,” he said.
However, soon after his worlds were discussed all over the United States, Harris said he was joking during the sermon. Though he noted he “would never ever advocate” hitting a child, Harris nonetheless defended his belief in the need to reinforce traditional gender roles in children.
“If I had to say it again, I would say it differently, no doubt,” Harris is quoted as saying. “Those weren’t planned words, but what I do stand by is that the word of God makes it clear that effeminate behavior is ungodly. I’m not going to compromise on that.”
Similarly, Tim Rabon, pastor at Raleigh’s Beacon Baptist Church, slammed states such as Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maryland which have already “re-defined” marriage to include same-sex couples before asking his congregatnts:
“What is stopping them from refining marriage from a person and a beast? We’re not far from that.”