Wow, when it comes to being bigoted maniacs, North Carolina's Baptist pastors are really on a roll. It was just a few weeks ago that Pastor Sean Harris suggested to his congregation that they beat their kids if they showed any signs of being gay. That seemed like it was as bad as it could possibly get, but, naturally, it turns out it can get a WHOLE lot worse. Meet Pastor Charles Worley, who recently gave an almost unbelievably hateful sermon in which he said we ought to put gays and lesbians in a kind of concentration camp so that they can't reproduce and will eventually die out. You know, just as Jesus would have done—because Jesus famously wanted to destroy anyone who wasn't exactly like him.
Stirred by President Obama's recent endorsement of gay marriage, Worley thought it was a good idea to stand up in the pulpit of the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina, and outline his horrifying vision for how we ought to handle gay people in this country. Here goes:
I had a way, I figured a way out, a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers, but I couldn't get it passed through Congress. Build a great big large fence, fifty or a hundred mile long, put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals, and have that fence electrified ‘til they can't get out. Feed them, and you know what, in a few years, they'll die out. Do you know why? They can't reproduce.
You have to hand it to Worley, because that is a real tour de force of hatred right there. You might have picked up on just a few flaws in logic, however, in Worley's diabolical plan. For one thing, it might interest this hollerin' hick to know that killing gay people is pointless. (Not to mention extremely frowned upon by most thinking people and by the laws of this great land.) Even if all the homosexuals in the world did magically die off today, another crop of 'em would spring up tomorrow—right from the burning loins of their straight parents. It's a real mind-blower, I know. Also, there's not really any reason to keep the lesbians and gay men separate, Pastor, since the primary threat facing this country is not that lesbians are getting knocked up by gay men and having tiny, flamboyantly homosexual babies. Finally, it's worth remembering that gay people are human beings, and, as such, they have rather long lifespans. Thus, even if you did round them all up, as long as you fed them—via air drop, as you so kindly suggested—it would take more than "a few years" for them to "die out," you ignorant asshole.
So, I think we can all agree that this is pretty much the worst plan ever, which you might hope is the reason that Worley's suggestion gets so many laughs from his audience. But, alas, they're actually chuckling because they think he's so clever, and they even give him a few shouts of "Amen." In case it wasn't abundantly clear from Pastor Worley's first statement, he is not exactly the kind of guy who's supporting President Obama's re-election campaign. And he makes double sure his flock understands why by getting really shouty:
Somebody said who you gonna vote for? I ain't gonna vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover!
That last bit is delivered with an almost Oprah-like gusto: A baby kiiiiiler and a homo-SEXUAL LOVERRRR! Fun times. Even though he presents his atrocious plan as though he was suggesting they all take a trip to the mall, he must have known that what he was saying was controversial because he says,
You said, did you mean to say that? You better believe I did.
Okay, then. We won't be expecting any half-assed apologies from you in the near future. But you know what? We don't even want any because it would mean nothing coming from someone who is so disgusting. Speaking of disgust, Worley closes out his diatribe with this gem:
God have mercy. It makes me pukin' sick to think about… I don't even know whether you ought to say this in the pulpit or not: Could you imagine kissin' some man?
Not surprisingly, this draws a big laugh from the congregation because we all know that one person being attracted to another is heeeeee-larious. What is actually so funny that it could make you pukin' sick is that, yes, probably half the people in that church—aka the womenfolk—can envision "kissin' some man" because they are married to one, and therefore by the laws of the Bible are obligated to have sexual relations with him. So, it's not that weird for someone to kiss a guy.
But it's great that all these people find it so funny to suggest that you round up a segment of the population and try to kill them off because they make you sick. Nice to see they're really sticking true to the teachings of their beloved Jesus—well, except for that pesky little "Thou shalt not kill" rule. It is so very tempting to suggest that we, in turn, round up Worley and his nasty congregation and stick them inside a big fence, occasionally air-dropping them bags of mixed nuts until they've overbred themselves to such an extent that they all starve to death. But we would never do that because a) we are not TERRIBLE PEOPLE and b) it wouldn't help anyway because apparently North Carolina would just shit out another batch of hateful homophobes exactly like the ones who'd just died off.
Just Your Friendly Local Preacher Advocating Death to Gays [The Advocate]