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Pastor Charles Worley, via The AdvocateI blogged a couple days ago about the “loving” Christian pastor Charles Worley who wants all the country’s gays rounded up and imprisoned within an electric fence, so they can die off, thereby — according to his own reasoning — causing “gayness” to die out in the US. His congregants are defending him, however, as CNN reports, and are angry at the uproar this has caused (WebCite cached article):

Just about everyone here [in Maiden, NC] is talking about the local pastor who made national headlines this week after a video that features him telling congregants how to “get rid of” gays went viral. …

Some church members, who declined to give their names, defended their pastor, saying his words had been taken out of context. “He said he would feed them!” some church members told CNN, referring to the Worley’s idea for rounding up gays.

Worley “takes a real firm stand on the Bible and what it says about different things,” said church member Joe Heffner. “Whether I like it or not or whether anybody else likes it.”

Another church member, who declined to give his name, said that “Being gay and lesbian or homosexual is wrong according to the Bible… it’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.”

You can see some of their reactions in CNN’s video:

Whew! I’m so glad to hear that Pastor Worley doesn’t object to feeding the gays he’d put inside an electrified fence! Why, that makes imprisoning them there just fine! Doesn’t it?

I mean that sarcastically, of course. It is most assuredly not fine to imprison people for merely being gay … and feeding them while they’re imprisoned, in no way makes imprisoning them morally acceptable. Obviously, this defense of Pastor Worley is not going to fly. Not with me, anyway.

I note another defense these “loving” Christians are leaning on, which is that their pastor is just saying what the Bible says, so tough shit if you disagree. That also is a flawed argument. I admit the Bible does appear to condemn homosexuality. The problem is, what the Bible says, very often has little or nothing to do with how we actually do things. The Bible discusses slavery, too; in places the Old Testament prescribes slavery as necessary (e.g. Dt 20:14), and in the New, it orders slaves to be obedient and accept their fate (e.g. Eph 6:5). But although this is what the Bible says about it, we don’t have slavery any more. The Bible’s messages about slavery no longer have any meaning to us. It’s irrelevant.

The reality of life in this world, is that gays exist. They aren’t going to go away just because Christians find their gayness unacceptable. They aren’t going to kill themselves off because Christians want them gone. They’re human beings — every bit as human as the Christians who so vehemently despise them — and have the same human rights that they do. That’s just the way it is — “whether they like it or not,” as Worley’s follower Mr Heffner put it. They should grow up, suck it up, and live with it.

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Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, NC (from PRBC Web site)The Religious Right’s war on gays is definitely heating up, mainly due to president Barack Obama openly stating that he thinks gay marriage should be permitted in all 50 states. Of course, their outrage over the fact that gays exist, is nothing new. They’ve been lying about gays for years and have consistently campaigned to make them second-class citizens (or worse … if you assume they want to make women second-class citizens, then they must want gays to be “third-class” citizens).

At any rate, Obama’s announcement has unleashed their fury and they’ve doubled down on their sanctimonious rage against gays. For example, as Huff reports (based on Youtube video evidence), a pastor in North Carolina wants all gays in the U.S. killed off (WebCite cached article):

The barrage of anti-gay sermons delivered by North Carolina-based pastors to hit the blogosphere continues with yet another disturbing rant caught on tape.

The pastor, identified on YouTube as Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C., condemns President Obama’s much-publicized endorsement of same-sex marriage while calling for gays and lesbians to be put in an electrified pen and ultimately killed off.

“Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 mile long — put all the lesbians in there,” Worley suggests in the clip, reportedly filmed on May 13.

The pastor’s remarks can be seen right here:

According to the good pastor, because gays “can’t” reproduce, once they’ve all been starved to death inside his massive pen, “gayness” itself will die out with them. Supposedly. I’m not sure that would actually work … but then, I’m just a vicious, Jesus-hating, cynical, godless agnostic heathen, so what could I possibly know about something this important?

I really hate to point this out — especially since I’ve complained about both the Right and the Left having made use of the distasteful propaganda device known as reductio ad Hitlerum — but what Pastor Worley advocates is shockingly similar to the Third Reich’s program of concentration camps. In fact, it’s just too damned similar for me not to take note of the similarity … even if that seems to contradict my own principles and runs me aground on Godwin’s Law.

Yes, folks … once again, we see “the Religion of Love” at work, showing its true colors to one and all. Isn’t it wonderful? I’m sure Jesus is proud of Pastor Worley.

P.S. I don’t normally use ideologically-driven sites like Huff as sources; but in this case a primary source (i.e. the Youtube video) was included with the story.

Hat tip: Mark at Skeptics & Heretics Forum on Delphi Forums.

Photo credit: Providence Road Baptist Church Web site.

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