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Charles Worley

An Open Letter to Franklin Graham Regarding His Views on Homosexuality

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Frank, you have plenty of anti-gay people besides Putin to admire. And don't worry: Marriage for same-sex couples remains illegal in 33 U.S. states and most countries across the planet, and anti-LGBT attitudes and statutes are alive and well in our country and abroad.

WATCH: Jesus vs Hateful Anti-Gay Pastors Mashup

Posted 06.19.2012 | Religion

Watch what happens when you put Jesus' Sermon On The Mount against the recent rash of anti-gay pastors....

The Zombies of Summer

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

As the homophobes and religious bullies lose ground in public opinion, they lash out in ever more extreme ways. But we cannot let ourselves chase the loons down every rabbit hole.

Letting You Leave Church

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

It's dicey to say, hard to hear and runs the risk of sounding flippant, yet I see it as a necessary act of truth-telling for the sake of the Church: If you're not being spiritually fed within this church's walls, please, be blessed as you seek another faith community to encourage you.

Charles Worley Shows Us What Jesus Wouldn't Do

Greg Damhorst | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Greg Damhorst

The face of Christianity that many see today is not an accurate picture of a compassionate Christ. If I and other Christians want to better represent our faith, we can only do so in a world where opinions are based on real relationships, not viral bigotry.

Worley's Anti-Gay Rant and Comparisons to Hitler

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Pastor Charles Worley's ideas regarding gays and lesbians are not similar to Hitler's -- they are the same as Hitler's. The problem with constant comparisons is that when somebody actually proposes a Nazi-style final solution, we, as a society, no longer have the words to describe it.

Clergy Bully From The Pulpit

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Next time we want simply to dismiss Charles Worley, Sean Harris, Fred Phelps, and other "extremists" as "just a bunch of crazy fanatics," let us investigate the fuller picture by addressing where these attitudes and behaviors stem from.

Patience Has A Curfew

Martin Maidenberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Martin Maidenberg

This past year has brought numerous opportunities where my patience has been tried, none more vigorously than the latest electoral diatribe and lack of communal anger that usually accompanies such an affront.

Happy 65th Birthday, Bishop Gene Robinson!

The Huffington Post | Kevin Burra | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Today marks the sixty-fifth birthday of Bishop Vicky Gene Robinson, who, in 2003, became the first non-celibate openly gay Anglican bishop. Robinso...

Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State writes IRS about Pastor Charles Worley

John Shore | Posted 07.26.2012 | Religion
John Shore

I think Barry W. Lynn's letter could prove to be the snowball that finally starts the avalanche that ultimately wipes out political proselytizing from the pulpit of American churches.

Know Thine Enemy: 10 Of The Worst Anti-LGBT Moments Of The Week, May 20 - May 26

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Every weekend we bring you a round up of either the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender moments from the week before -- our Something To Celeb...

Pastor Worley, Heresy The Troll And That Old Time Religion

John Shore | Posted 07.25.2012 | Religion
John Shore

There's nothing wrong with Christianity. There's something wrong with many Christians, of course. But that's only because Christians are people and people are imperfect. But all of us can, and most of us do, evolve.

Pastor Worley And The Slippery Slope Of 'Speaking The Truth In Love'

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Pastor Worley has every right to preach whatever kind of hateful rhetoric that he feels called to preach. Likewise, he must deal with the consequences of those words.

How To Tell Love From Hate: The Bible Vs. Pastor Charles Worley

Jay Michaelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jay Michaelson

Pastor Worley, I'm afraid your "love" for me does not pass the test of Scripture, nor does your understanding of sodomy, or of salvation. I guess it's not surprising that you've read your Bible so carelessly. If you'd been more attentive, I doubt you'd propose locking up my community.

Dear Pastor Worley: We Condemn Your Words Of Hatred And Cruelty

Eugene Cho | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
Eugene Cho

No matter where you stand on the issue of gay marriage, there are some boundaries of human decency that should never be crossed. Never.

Whiplash And Backlash

Wayne Besen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Besen

There has been much talk about a potential backlash against President Barack Obama for his endorsement of gay marriage. But we also can't discount the possibility of what I call "whiplash" -- which is the president's support causing many people to fundamentally rethink this issue.

How Pastor Charles Worley Left Me Fearing For My Safety

Evan Adams | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Evan Adams

While the most recent call to violence from a pulpit, courtesy of pastor Charles Worley, is just another example of a fundamentalist's misinterpretation and exploitation of scripture, it is threatening and poses a legitimate risk for me and other members of the LGBT community.

Anti-Gay Pastor's Sermon Defended By His Followers: 'You've Got To Be Scared Straight'

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Parishioners at North Carolina's Providence Road Baptist Church have come to the defense of Pastor Charles L. Worley, days after video footage of him ...

WATCH: How To Deal With Homophobic Religious Extremists

Jordan Bach | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jordan Bach

These pastors choose to use their pulpit to spread pain, disharmony, and hate in the world. I choose to broadcast a message of peace, forgiveness, hope, and understanding -- with the intention of validating the millions of gay people who live, love, and learn around the world.

A Pastor's Genocidal Solution To The Gay Rights Problem

John Shore | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
John Shore

The good pastor's idea for "gettin' rid of all the lesbians and queers" is to build "a great big large fence" around all the gay people, electrify it, and then allow the people penned in by the fence to die.