Nazis In America: NC Pastor’s Congregation Stands Behind His Gay Concentration Camps

Yes, it's provocative. It's also appropriate.
Yes, it's provocative. It's also appropriate.

Monday morning, a video from Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina shocked the nation. In it, pastor Charles Worley said that he wanted lesbians and gays to be forced into concentration camps until we all die. Most people were taken aback, if not by the general principle (shared, unfortunately, by many), then by his brazen adherence to Nazi rhetoric and Nazi solutions.

A couple things have happened since then. The first is from Jeremy Hooper at Good As You, who found a sermon of Worley’s from 1978.

It saddens my heart to think that homosexuals can go around, bless God, and get the applause of a lot of people. Lesbians and all the rest of it? Bless God, forty years ago they’d have hung ‘em, bless God, from a white oak tree, wouldn’t they? Amen.

I would usually say that we really shouldn’t judge someone by what he said nearly 34 years ago, but as Jeremy points out, it’s one of the very few sermons of Worley’s from that era that Providence Road Baptist Church has made available online. They are representing to the world that this sermon matches his and their current teaching, and I am obliged to take their word on it.

Then there’s this video from local NBC affiliate WCNC’s Tuesday night newscast. Their reporter had the chance to talk to two of Worley’s followers, who stand by Worley’s message. (Both wearing gaudy jewelry and the younger wearing her hair up quite immodestly and provocatively in direct violation of 1 Timothy 2:9-10. Just sayin’.)

Geneva Sims said she’s been listening to Worley preach the Gospel since the 1970s. She wasn’t surprised by the 71-year-old pastor’s now infamous sermon. In fact, she supports him and his message.

“He had every right to say what he said about putting them in a pen and giving them food,” said Sims. “The Bible says they are worthy of death. He is preaching God’s word.”

Providence Road Baptist Church member Stacey Pritchard agreed.

“Sometimes you’ve got to be scared straight,” she explained. “He is trying to save those people from Hell.”

Newschannel 36 tried to reach Charles Worley by phone and email. Reporter Dianne Gallagher stopped by his home Tuesday to speak with him, but no one answered the door.

“He has nothing to hide,” said Pritchard. “He’s not afraid of anything he said. He’s a good man. It’s a good church and he speaks the truth. He doesn’t tiptoe around it.”

Just to make sure we’re all on the same page, Geneva Sims and Stacey Pritchard of Newton, North Carolina and Charles Worley of Maiden, North Carolina think that carrying out a Nazi plan to force a group of people into concentration camps for their eventual extermination is “tough love.”

(P.S. Of course he has a right to say it, Ms. Sims. No one said he doesn’t. That doesn’t improve the deadly quality of his rhetoric.)

I hasten to add that no one should believe for a second that this is just a North Carolina problem. People who think like Charles Worley, Geneva Sims, and Stacey Pritchard exist in every community and every state in the union.

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12 thoughts on “Nazis In America: NC Pastor’s Congregation Stands Behind His Gay Concentration Camps

  1. These hypocrits will have their day in hell! I just saw the fat one Stacey Pritchard on Anderson Cooper and she seems like a robot, posessed, yes this church must be a cult…. 

  2. Not a big fan of teh Godwin, but you are 100% correct in using the term NAZI: brainwashed by an obviously insane ideologue and consumed by fear and hatred so profound they would eagerly take part in Worley’s “final solution” in the name of Jesus Christ.

  3. So sad that these people have been blindly raised to believe that this truly is the Word of God, and even sadder to think there are probably gay children in their church hearing this and thinking they are going to hell or deserve to be in a electrified pen for feeling the way that they do, but they certainly can’t let anyone know how they feel, can they?  I know because that is  how my son felt before he came out. I also know because I was raised in the same kind of thinking in southwestern Kentucky.  I know better only because of my son. Sadly, most around here still believe like this.  Ignorance is the majority in our churches.  Praying for God’s TRUTH to teach them that this is WRONG and not what is even meant in the Bible.

  4. Well I am willing to post to a non-anonymous email address and give the following information: Stacey Pritchard, 311 E. Herman St., Newton, NC 28658-2512. No one who perpetuates such bigotry should be allowed to remain anonymous.

    1. Not here you won’t. 

      Look, I understand people being angry. Trust me, me too. But according to my research, Ms. Pritchard has several very young children, and this site is not going to be involved in inviting violence or creating a home environment any more hostile for those kids than their mother has already made it.

      1. Allowing inflamatory comments like “she’s a piece of shit” is preferable to stating valid facts. I’m not angry at her. I think she needs to receive feedback.

      2. Allowing people to vent frustration online is preferable to courting the violent disruption of two small children’s lives. This is not a difficult concept to grasp.

        You are welcome to disagree with my decision, and . Feel free to do what you will in your own space.

        (And if you think receiving “feedback” will change how the Stacey Pritchards of the world view gay people, I have a bridge to sell you.)

  5. Never feel bad using Nazi Symbolism to address Bigotry of any kind.  When someone is talking about putting humans of any colour, sexuality in a Concentration Camp they have earned the Swastika being applied to them.

    We are a group from England who have taken this use of Nazi symbolism further to condemn homophobia.  We are called “Gay Nazis” and display a rainbow Swastika.  We have a Camp Gay Hitler as leader.  Why, it gets us noticed and more importantly gets people discussing the subject of homophobia.

    What we are doing is reducing Preachers of hate to something to be laughed at.  We have been called offensive for using Nazi Symbolism.

    The Film Producer and film Director, who is Jewish, Mel Brooks once said “Ridicule is the best form of attack”  laugh at Neo-Nazis and they are reduced to a joke.

    A few years ago an English comedian did a documentary in America about Homophobic Preachers attending the funerals of Gay Males and being abusive to mourners.  He stopped them when others had failed.  How?  Got a Pink Greyhound bus and filled it with brightly dressed Camp Gay Dancers who arrived the funerals and mocked these Preachers of hate by dancing infront of them.

    When a Preacher of hate talks like a Clown Treat it like a Clown:-)

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