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Bigoted Pastor = Bigoted Members

May 24, 2012

Well, I guess this should come as no surprise. The members of Charles “The Bible’s agin’ it. God’s agin’ it. I’m agin’ it, and if you’ve got any sense, you’re agin’ it.” Worley’s NC church are standing behind their pastor and his bigoted sermon.

I guess the answer to the question “Who in the hell would actually take time out of their schedule every Sunday and go and listen to this hateful bigot?” is: hateful bigots.

Charles Worley found himself in some hot water after he offered this gem:

I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers,” he says in his sermon, delivered on May 13. “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.

It’s just stunning to me how incredibly ignorant of biology and reality you’d have to be to think that would work.

David Edwards at the Raw Story interviews some of the members of his church. Were they a little taken aback? Perhaps a little worried that their pastor’s ‘solution’ to his perceived “queer and lesbian” problem was similar to Nazi Germany?

Unfortunately, no.

Geneva Sims told WCNC that she had been listening to Pastor Charles Worley’s sermon’s since the 1970s and agrees with the message.

“He had every right to say what he said about putting them in a pen and giving them food,” Sims explained. “The Bible says they are worthy of death. He is preaching God’s word.”

Church member Stacey Pritchard agreed that Worley was just speaking the truth.

“Sometimes you’ve got to be scared straight,” she said. “He is trying to save those people from Hell.”

When I see such stunning ignorance–blind people who have been socialized into ignorance and bigotry–I can hardly believe it. Can you imagine if such persons ever did have any sort of political power to enact these dream policies of hate?

The worst part: they would think they were doing God’s work, purifying his country and taking it back for him, and that they were restoring America to a Christian nation.

It staggers the intellect… and scares the crap out of me!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 4xi0m permalink
    May 24, 2012 11:00 am

    Even worse, his congregants are taking it literally. Bigotry, ignorance, and unimpressive diction aside, I’m not convinced that Worley would put his electric fence plan into effect if he could–it was probably just rhetoric to make the (fallacious) point that homosexuality is ‘unnatural’ simply because it has no reproductive potential.

    Of course it’s being treated like a literal statement by the media as well, but that’s likely for effect, and to add dimension to the case against biblical literalism (i.e. let’s see how he likes it when his rhetorical devices are taken literally). Pretty clever, actually. I’m sure they know it’s rhetorical. But the two church members quoted above actually sound like they wouldn’t bat an eye at putting millions of their fellow human beings in electrified cages. Truly frightening. And if Worley did mean it literally, God help us all.

  2. May 30, 2012 10:33 pm

    Stacey Pritchard 311 E. Herman St. Newton, NC 28658.


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