VIDEO: Pastor’s Defender Proves It’s Hard To Defend Bigotry Without Sounding Like A Total Moron

Last week, Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in North Carolina came out swinging against the homos, saying some of the craziest shit about gay people we’ve heard since the last time somebody said really crazy shit about gay people. Here’s a snippet:

“I figured a way out, a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers but I couldn’t get it pass the Congress – build a great big large fence, 50 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 so they can’t get out.

And you know what? In a few years they will die out. You know why? They can’t reproduce. If a man ever has a young’un, praise God he will be the first.”

Here’s the video of his entire rant:

This is one of those sensational stories I tend to ignore these days, bigotry so extreme and “out there” that taking it seriously almost seems pointless, like volunteering to debate Fred Phelps. But sometimes these incidents can provide insight into the mechanisms behind extremist bigotry simply by pushing said bigots into the spotlight and forcing them to defend their views. It’s unsurprising, then, that Stacey Pritchard, a Pastor Worely supporter who appeared on Anderson Cooper yesterday, is, essentially, a complete idiot who has no idea what she’s talking about.

Honestly I’m probably just as scared about the possibility of this woman reproducing as she is about the possibility of me or my girlfriend reproducing.

See for yourself:

If you wanna get involved in actions against this strange man, visit the Catawba Valley Against Hate facebook page for more information.

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126 Comments

  1. Ashamed to admit this but the first thing I thought was how awesome it’d be – lesbians everywhere, free food from the sky, and most importantly, an electrified fence that keeps out bigots like these!!

    • Plus, you’d never again have to have this internal conversation: ‘Hey, she might be gay! Wait, is she gay? Yeah, look at her! Definitely! I’m gonna go and say Hi. But what if she isn’t gay? …. Nah! She definitely gay! Isn’t she?’

  2. Torn between laughing and crying and flat-out bewilderment. How is this real life? How is it that a major and not exactly famously conservative news network in the United States of American in 2012 is holding a calm, serious, straight-faced discussion of whether or not gay people should be locked up in concentration camps until they die, as if this were a legitimate and reasonable debate?

    • I know! I feel like this belonged on Colbert Report or another faux news show that only interviews people for the purpose mocking them. Even though Anderson Cooper did make this woman look foolish, it’s scary that CNN even kept up the guise of it being a serious debate.

    • I know this isn’t the point, but please not another cousin-marrying and reproducing joke. As a queer girl whose parents are first cousins, it doesn’t make me feel any better to have one aspect of my identity denigrated to prop up another part.

  3. Okay, I can’t be the only one who couldn’t hold it in after he was talking about imagining kissing another man and then just stared into space for awhile and then ended it with “I love you guys”.

  4. I’m frustrated with Cooper for inviting this woman on his show. She’s SUCH an easy target. I’m guessing at things here, but, it’s likely that she’s not that educated, and not that financially privileged. If we assume that’s true, she’s quite likely a victim of class indoctrination. I’m sad for her, and I’m sad for us. This pastor was hurtful to our community and it feels like we need someone to mock in order to alleviate our pain. I wish Cooper had invited officials from the church (though I realized that it’s likely that they denied his invitation). This woman would was barely cohesive and she sounds quite like the fan base of the Tea Party. You know…angry folks who’ve been disenfranchised, the further been duped to ignore the facts and vote against their interest. Except with her, our community, we’re the devils in her life. So, her family’s falling apart? Her oldest can’t attend college? He husband is terribly ill and with no insurance to cover necessary expenses? Well, she’s got her pastor to reassure her that the sins of America rest on the shoulders of the queers. I mean, WHERE ELSE DOES THIS VENOM COME FROM? These folks, in that church, in many churches (though not all) are being spoon fed evil that’s badly packaged in the form of community solidarity. What the Fuck!?

  5. on what planet do these bigots think they are being christ-like? when i first heard about the holocaust-like and eugenics-like implications of this bigoted pastor’s wishes for gay people, i was was pretty fucking mad. but then i watched as anderson cooper exposed how uneducated, hateful, and JUST PLAIN STUPID these people are and i couldn’t help but laugh. i loved how her only response to being proven utterly wrong was to get angry and make even LESS sense as she continued trying to justify her ignorance. only two things worry me: 1.that one of these self-righteous homophobes might take that pastor’s words to heart and gay-bash someone and 2.that this church full of fools have the right to vote.

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