North Carolina Pastor Charles Worley recently made national headlines when a disturbing portion of his sermon went viral on the internet (the egregious comments he made can be heard here). This is the ammo the Left needs to criminalize Conservatism.
Free speech doesn’t always make everyone feel comfortable. I’m sure that we can all recall a point in time when we heard something horrible; nevertheless, the Constitution trumps feelings. Pastor Worley is not the first to advocate hatred, and he certainly won’t be the last. The Westboro Baptist Church has fought hard to maintain the “Most Hateful” title, but if he keeps it up, they may have something to fight about.
I am in no way attempting to mitigate the pastor’s comments. Anyone whose opposition to same-sex marriage involves advocating that a homosexual be treated as an animal and placed in an “electric fence” where they can “die off,” clearly has issues. Worley is clearly a situational ethicist. Yes, the Word of God is very clear on homosexuality, along with other sexual sins, such as fornication, adultery, polygamy, bestiality, etc. However, the Bible is also very clear on loving one another:
“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8
“If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” 1 John 4:11
Perhaps Pastor Worley should familiarize himself with a few of these verses, because “Jesus loves you” and “I’d place you and other homosexuals in an electric fence until you die off” just don’t coincide.
A similar incident occurred about a month ago. Remember Dan Savage, the oh-so-tolerant gay activist who “wishes Republicans were all f***ing dead?” Yeah, that guy. He has a long history of spewing hatred as well. At a high school journalism conference, the anti-bully campaigner used his pulpit to curse and make a mockery of the Bible, Christians, and anyone who opposes same-sex marriage. Someone must have forgotten to inform him that he was addressing children, or maybe he just didn’t care. Either way, I think the Left and the Right can both agree that his behavior was inappropriate, uncalled for, and shameful — adjectives I would also use to describe Worley’s sermon.
Charles Worley and Dan Savage’s hatred is protected under the First Amendment, whether one likes it or not. Trampling on the Constitution is not effective activism, regardless of which aisle of the political spectrum with which you identify. Unlike liberals, conservatives will not attempt to abolish free speech. However, we will certainly speak out against it. AlfonZo Rachel, one of my favorite conservative pundits, has done just that: