Following is a short clip from the North Carolina Christian “pastor” fulminating against gay and lesbian people. If you haven’t seen or heard Pastor Charles “Let Them Fry or Die” Worley speaking about his “final solution to the homosexual problem,” then this is for you.
And then, just to show that ”pastors” have an effect on their parishioners, even though they do not understand, and would rather stand somewhere else, here’s a clip from an Anderson Cooper interview with a woman from Worley’s congregation — loyal as a puppy dog, but obviously conflicted, more humane than her pastor, but corrupted by Christianity.
The key is in the Bible, but fundamentally the foundation of the key to this attitude is to be found in disgust — like this:
Poor Pastor Worley! The problem is that he can imagine kissing some man and the imagination revolts and disgusts him, and because of that revulsion he thinks a good solution is to intern all homosexuals behind electrified fences, drop food supplies to them, and let the die off.
One might have thought that the nightmare of Christianity had learned enough from the Holocaust to recognise that this is not a human solution to our sense of alienation from each other, our sense of disgust at the very being of the “Other,” but clearly Christians have not learned, Christians are ready to do the same thing that the Nazis did to the Jews — for how long, do you think, would it take Pastor Worley’s inhumanity to ramp up to the act of killing? Not long, I suspect. It might take Stacey a bit longer, but even she is not immune to the kinds of inhumanity represented here — all of it based, as the participants in this inhuman drama insist, on the Bible and Christian tradition.
But someone will say: this is only a marginal expression of a demented and fundamentalist Christianity. Well, perhaps. But it was this demented form of Christianity, expressed at the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops in 1998, that led Richard Holloway, then Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, to back away from Christianity, and to begin to call himself post-Christian. There is something valuable at the heart of religion, he thinks, something deeply and poignantly human, that we should value, but the religion itself cannot be saved. It is in thrall to its past, and it cannot escape its worst impulses.
It was in fact this, over a period of a few years, that forced me to say my categorical “NO!” to Christianity, as I watched it overtaken by high church traditionalists, and the saccharine fundamentalism of the Alpha programme. Religions cannot escape their past, and however liberal they become, in a part of themselves, that past remains to infect and corrupt the whole in successive swings of the pendulum of history.
But more important is what is unsaid in the spectacle of the mad pastor from North Carolina. These people think they have solutions to what they perceive as social problems, solutions that involve state power. This is becoming more and more clear as the years go by, and religion begins to feel that its centrality to culture is being threatened. Listen to Pastor Worley once again:
This is a bit less cultivated than some of the things the Roman Catholic bishops are saying, but it parallels the Roman Catholic bishops’ lust for political clout — and the intellectual content is roughly the same.
Church blindsided by Ontario government over gay-straight alliances: Catholic sources
Here is part of the article beneath the headline:
But late Friday afternoon, Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten said there would be no compromises.
“Schools need to be safe places for kids to be themselves — and for some kids, that means being able to name a club a gay-straight alliance,” Ms. Broten said. “I don’t think there’s anything radical about allowing students to name a club.”
Church sources said they were blindsided and disappointed by the announcement. Cardinal Thomas Collins, the head of the Archdiocese of Toronto, is expected to make a statement on Monday.
The change in the provincial Liberals’ new anti-bullying bill — the Accepting Schools Act — is part of a government initiative to create a “safe and accepting climate” in schools, including Catholic schools, Ms. Broten said.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says homosexual behaviour is “intrinsically disordered” and “under no circumstance can it be approved.” However, the Catechism also teaches that homosexuals “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”
Earlier this year, Teresa Pierre, who is part of a group of Catholic parents opposed to Bill 13, said forcing gay-straight alliances into the school would erode Church teaching.
No one has explained how it is possible to say of someone that acting according to one’s nature is a matter of “grave depravity” — for the Catechism of the Catholic Church acknowledges that gay and lesbian people “do not choose their homosexual condition” (2358) — and that basing itself on Scripture
tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered,” 
and at the same time to accept people so afflicted ”with respect, compassion and sensitivity.” It simply does not compute. Calling someone depraved is already to treat them with disrespect and insensitivity. It’s the kind of disrespect and insensitivity that leads people like Worley to say unpardonable things. This is an aspect of Catholic teaching that should be eroded. The problem is that it is part of “sacred tradition,” so the Catholic Church is bound to continue treating homosexual persons with the contempt they do not deserve. And for this reason the Catholic Church and others who believe as they do should be treated with the contempt that they do deserve.
Unless churches can do better than this, they are a danger to the peace and good order of society. Of course, we mustn’t forget that this is not only a Christian problem. It is a Jewish and a Muslim problem as well. Muslims are regularly quoted as saying that homosexuals should be thrown off cliffs, or killed in other imaginative ways. Religion itself, it seems to me, is, broadly speaking, a form of certifiable mental pathology. It is not only given to delusions, it is also characterised by paranoia, and experiences bouts of sudden and catastrophic violence. People who act like Worley or the Catholic bishops are a danger to us all, because we know that wherever they are given political power they misuse it, and people get hurt for the sake of beliefs which have no foundation. I am quite prepared to say that people should have the right to believe whatever they like, but they should not be given the freedom to have favoured tax status, and at the same time to seek to impose their mad designs on the rest of us. They should not have a privileged position in a society whose values they continue to try to undermine.