The fruits of perfect faith

Listen to this man of god.

The reverend Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C., was filmed on a YouTube rant, reportedly filmed on May 13 condemning President Barack Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage. Worley called for LGBTQ people 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 said.

“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!”

Worley said that if he’s asked who he’ll vote for, he’ll reply, “I’m not going to vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover!”

In the background a significant number of the audience can be heard cheering and saying, “Amen.”

This man knows the bible.  He’s a pastor.

This man believes in Jesus and god, with a dedication unrivaled by most other believers I’d imagine.

Faith prevented him from batting an eyelash at the idea of murdering camps of normal, mostly kind people.  In fact, faith seems to be integral to Pastor Worley reveling in the potential mass murder of people unlike him.

And his congregation ate it up, almost certainly because of the influence of faith.

This is the problem of people believing in a god whose endorsement, in terms of morality, can trump human compassion.  When god affirms your prejudice, your murderous, loving prejudice, by what authority can humans wrestle it away?

If faith in god is not made to bow to reason it will destroy humankind.  This goes even for the faith of moderates, who perpetuate the idea that reason must not inform belief when it comes to religion.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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