The Independent has been receiving an increasing number of letters concerning the gay marriage issue that will be voted on in Minnesota in November. There are letters against gay marriage; there are letters in support of gay marriage. These letters create a healthy (mostly) dialogue about a perpetual hot-button issue, and we encourage our readers to put their thoughts and opinions out there and join the discussion.
Some people in this country, however, are taking it too far and are literally preaching hate.
Case in point: Baptist pastor Charles L. Worley of North Carolina, who recently told his Providence Road Baptist Church congregation that he's figured out a way to "get rid of all the lesbians and queers," only he was "unable to get it past Congress."
"Build a great big, large fence - 50 or a 100 miles long - and put all the lesbians in there," Worley said in his May 13 sermon. "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. Feed them. And you know in a few years, they'll die out. You know why? They can't reproduce."
Worley is a preacher who is using the pulpit to preach hate against an entire subset of the population. There's nothing Christian about anything he said.
Worley's words soon went viral, no shock there, and we encourage you to take a listen to his sermon online - not that we want to promote Worley or defend his words in any way, shape or form, but it will give you an understanding of what kind of venom is out there. Then ask yourself: "What can one gain by being so full of hate against certain people just because of their lifestyle?"
The public can agree to disagree on the topic of gay marriage - that is what's so great about living in America: We can all have and share our opinions, even if they're hateful like Worley's. But to use his position as a public figure and use the church as a forum to spread this kind of hate is beyond reproach. Mr. Worley is entitled to his opinion, as we all are, but what he's spewing is about as un-Christian as it gets. Anyone can realize that, no matter what side of the fence they're on.