I realize that title may sound a little inflammatory, but it’s really not out of line. You’ll realize that when you watch the following video:
If you’re not a student of history, you still might not get the title reference. It happens when Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist says
“I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers…, build a great, big large fence, 100, 150 miles 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’ll die out. You why? They can’t reproduce.”
Putting people inside fences and barely caring for them while you wait for them to die off? That’s what called a concentration camp or, as the Nazi’s would say, a Konzentrationslager. Now, the Nazis didn’t invent the concentration camp (that honor goes to the Russians in the 1700’s), but they definitely raised the bar. You see, before the Nazi’s, most concentration camps were used to house hostile populations until they could be relocated, with the exception of Shark Island Extermination Camp. And, in general, any maltreatment was incidental, usually due more to a lack of resources than any evil intent. That changed in 1933 when the Nazi Party took control in Germany. The Nazi’s interred their own citizens in camps for different purposes: re-education, slave labor, even extermination. “Jackboots and Swastikas in Church” doesn’t sound quite so out of line, does it?
I really don’t understand how anyone can wish for the wholesale extermination of an entire segment of the population. When someone does that in a church that’s supposed to be founded on teachings of Christ, it truly astounds me. In actuality, this man, the members of his congregation that you can hear saying “amen” and “preach on it”, Sean Harris (who advocated violence against effeminate boys) and anyone else who agrees with this garbage has ventured about as far from the way of Jesus as is humanly possible. Calling them Christians sullies that name in the worst possible way. Anyone who got upset with Dan Savage calling the teaching of the church on homosexuality “bullshit” should be made to watch this video until they get what Savage was talking about. Because every word out of Worley’s mouth is pure, unmitigated, grade A bullshit.
We haven’t even talked about the stupidity in what he says. Pen all the gays up and they’ll die off because they can’t reproduce? If that’s the case, where did the ones he want to put in camps come from? And, if they can’t reproduce, why do we need to separate the men from the women? If you’re going to be outrageous, how about you don’t be a moron, too.
Last Sunday, after the video had gone viral, Worley tried to walk back what he’d said earlier:
” “I talked a little bit, I believe it was last Sunday, on the homosexual lifestyle, and there was a whole lot of people who didn’t like what I said,” Worley told his congregation Sunday, according to WBTV. “I wan t to read it out of the Bible, and then we’ll go from there…, “Listen, all of the Sodomites, the lesbians, and all of the … what’s that word? Gays – I didn’t wanna say ‘queers’ – that say we don’t love you, I love you more than you love yourself. I’m praying for you to be saved.”
You love them and you’re praying for them to be saved, but you want to lock them up in concentration camps? Pastor Worley, you and have vastly different ideas about love and salvation.
I really struggled with the best way to respond to such idiocy. My first thought was to protest outside the church, but that’s already being done. People have already complained to the web host of the church’s website and got it taken down (not sure I agree with that). Or, you can do what Pastor Mark Sandlin (of Vandalia Presbyterian Church and the God Article) came up with:
“I decided to ask a few thousand friends that I have on The God Article’s Facebook page to help me come up with a reasonable response – something to call attention to the fact that not all Christians are like Pastor Worley and something to possibly make a difference. There were plenty of suggestions, but I thought one really stood out. Michelle McBriarty suggested, “We should all make a donation in Pastor Worley’s name to their local LGBT group.” That’s just brilliant. “
He’s right, it is brilliant. If you agree, go here, read the article (because, like of Mark’s stuff, it’s really good), then scroll on down and you’ll find the directions to make your donation. I can’t think of a better way to answer Worley’s insane rant.