Target: Reverend Charles L. Worley of North Carolina’s Providence Road Baptist Church
Goal: To demand an apology from Reverend Charles L. Worley, who gave an extremely hateful speech that targeted LGBT people, and to ask him to step down.
After President Obama recently “came out” in support of same-sex marriage, Conservatives launched attacks against both him and marriage equality. One of the most violent yet came from the reverend Charles L. Worley of North Carolina’s Providence Road Baptist Church. Calling for the eventual demise of LGBT people, he was caught making his rabidly homophobic speech on camera on May 13, 2012. Tell Worley that his disgusting words of hate will not be tolerated by the public.
In the video, which can now be found on YouTube and progressive blogs across the country, Worley urges his congregation to be intolerant of LGBT people –intolerant to the point of attempting to kill them.
Hatefully referring to gays and lesbians as “queers and homosexuals,” he tells his followers to “build a great, big, large fence…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.”
Worley continues his despicable rant, claiming that “in a few years, they’ll die out…do you know why? They can’t reproduce!”
But there’s a major hole in his already reproachful comments: a vast majority of LGBT-identified children are born to heterosexual parents. LGBT love in the animal kingdom has existed throughout history, and humans are no exception.
Worst of all, his audience can be heard cheering and applauding Worley for his views in the video.
At another point in his rant, Worley told congregants that “It makes me pukin’ sick to thing about…can you imagine kissing some man?”
Earlier this May, North Carolina voters passed Amendment 1, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman and bans civil unions. And Worley’s statements come on the heels of an outcry after North Carolina pastor Sean Harris urged parents to abuse their gay children.
The ignorance, fear, and hatred surrounding LGBT issues needs to be put to an end. Worley must face a public uproar over calling for the deaths of gays and lesbians. By signing the petition below, you will tell this unfit reverend to step down from the pulpit and offer a public apology to the LGBT people hurt by his statements.
Dear Reverend Worley,
As a leader of Providence Road Baptist Church, you should be setting an example for your congregation. Instead, you were caught on video preaching extreme hatred. Whether or not you personally agree with gay marriage, LGBT people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Instead, you gave your followers the green light to practice hatred against gays and lesbians.
Your words can have real repercussions for LGBT people or those who question their sexuality or gender identity. Urging people to herd gays and lesbians into a cage and allow them to die out can incite violence against an entire group of people.
It is imperative that you cease making these hurtful comments, step down from the pulpit, and issue a public apology for your words. Please commit to taking action immediately.
[Your Name Here]