A member of North Carolina's Providence Road Baptist Church defended Pastor Charles L. Worley to Anderson Cooper last night, saying she agreed with her reverend's notoriously anti-gay sermon which called for putting gays and lesbians behind electrified fences to eventually die off.
"Of course people are going to take it and make it their own way and make it what they want to, but I agree with what the sermon was and what it was about," Stacey Pritchard told the CNN host.
When Cooper asked about Worley's specific request for an electrified fence, Pritchard noted, "Maybe that's what he felt like should be done...just to make the short of it, yes I agree with him."
Despite Cooper's statements about the Holocaust as well as more recent accounts of horrific anti-gay violence taking around the world, Pritchard nonetheless seemed confused as to why Worley's statements would create such a controversy. "People keep -- once again -- harping, harping, harping on the electric fence, this and that," she noted. "It's about the homosexuals and it's wrong, that's what it's about."
She concluded, "This is a pastor that speaks the word of God. Anybody can take it any way they want to, and if they don't like it, they don't have to. They can turn around and go on!"
Footage of Worley's sermon quickly went viral on the Internet, and had already been viewed 689,000 times by this week, according to Reuters. A peaceful public protest is planned for Saturday, and organizers say they are now expecting up to 2,000 people to attend, McClatchy is reporting.
View Worley's original May 13 sermon, along with some other statements made about LGBT people by right-wing pundits below:
Pastor Worley: Gays And Lesbians Should Be Put In An Electrified Pen And Ultimately Killed Off
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. "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 out...do you know why? They can't reproduce!"
Pastor Suggests Gays Should Be Prosecuted Like They Were Historically
Ron Baity, founding pastor of Winston-Salem's Berean Baptist Church and head of the anti-marriage equality organization Return America, referred to homosexuality as "a perverted lifestyle" in a Sunday sermon before telling his congregation that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people should be prosecuted, Good as You is reporting. "For 300 years, we had laws that would prosecute that lifestyle," he is quoted as saying. "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!"
Pastor Sean Harris: Parents Should 'Punch' Their Effeminate Children
"So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, 'Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,' you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed."
Pastor Slams Gay Marriage, Suggests Unions Between 'Person And A Beast' Could Be Next
Tim Rabon, pastor at Raleigh's Beacon Baptist Church, condemned states such as Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maryland which have already "re-defined" marriage to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples. As heard in this recording, Rabon asked his congregation, "What is stopping them from refining marriage from a person and a beast? We're not far from that."
Robertson Compares Polygamy, Bestiality And Pedophilia To Gay Marriage
Tony Perkins: 'If You Want A Military That Just Does Parades,' Allow Gays To Openly Serve
James Robison: 'The Enemy' Is Using 'Glee' To Destroy America
Newt Gingrich: Gay Marriage A 'Perfect Example Of What I Mean By The Rise Of Paganism'
Daniel Lapin: Gays Should've Been Quarantined To fight AIDS
Pat Robertson Advises Father To Seek Ex-Gay Conversion For Gay Son
Liberty Counsel Warns That Macy's LGBT Policy Could Lead To Rape, Sexual Assault