ANDERSON COOPER. Pastor Worley obviously has strong support within the community; there are some 1200 seats in this church, Gary said there’s a service going on right now. Stacey Pritchard is one of the church members. She joins us tonight. Now, Stacey, I know you’re—you’re a defender of Pastor Worley and I appreciate you coming on the program. Do you agree with his—his statements that he said on the pulpit that gays and lesbians should be put in—un—…behind electrified fences until they die out?
STACEY PRITCHARD. Um, I believe that that was said, yeah. I mean, yes, he said that, but of course, he would never want that to be done. Um, of course people are going to take it and make it their own way and make it into what they want to, but I agree with what the sermon was and what it was about.
COOPER. But you’re saying he doesn’t want it done, but he said he wanted it done on the…he said it from the pulpit. How do you—why do you interpret that’s not what he’d want?
PRITCHARD. I—let’s see, okay, let me try to say it a different way. Maybe, um…maybe, uh, that’s what he felt like should be done. I mean, it could be said either way, okay; just to make the short of it, yes, I agree with him. If they can’t get the message that that’s wrong, then, um, you know, um, they can’t reproduce, and eventually they would die.
COOPER. So you believe only that gay people are only born of other gay people?
PRITCHARD. I’m sorry—what?
COOPER. You’re saying they can’t—you’re saying they can’t reproduce, so, therefore, they would all die off.
PRITCHARD. Uh, if they—if they—man and man…
COOPER. But aren’t gay people born—? Gay people get born to straight parents all the time, though.
PRITCHARD. No, that’s not what I meant. If man and man were in the same fence, and women were in the same fence, they can’t reproduce together—that’s what I meant.
COOPER. Right, but that wouldn’t eliminate all gay people. There would be more gay people born outside the fence to straight people, wouldn’t there?
PRITCHARD. Exactly, but we were meaning the ones in there. See, it’s all taken out of context, it’s been twisted. The main point is always the same.
COOPER. So what is it about gay people that are—are worse than adulterers, who Leviticus points out, um, and people who curse their mothers and fathers, who should be put to death, and promiscuous girls, who should be put to death, in Deuteronomy. What makes gay people worse than those people?
PRITCHARD. From the Bible, there is—there’s no difference, but that is what he was talking about.
COOPER. So you believe people who—you believe that adulterers should be put to death, ’cause that’s in the Bible?
PRITCHARD. …Like you said, like it was said, um, you know, just not really, whatever happened, but yeah, okay, I’m not gonna, you know, keep at you in the same question over and over. Yes.
COOPER. So is it—does it seem Christian to you, though, to—to talk about putting people behind electrified fences and watching them die? Because I’ve talked to a number of pastors in the last couple of days who say, that just doesn’t Christian, that doesn’t sound like the message of love that they hear in the Bible.
PRITCHARD. People can—once again, harping, harping, harping on the electric fence, this and that. It’s about the homosexuals and it’s wrong. That’s what it’s about.
COOPER. But you would understand why some people would be—would feel this is—this is wrong to say. I mean, you say people are harping on it. Do you understand why some people might be concerned? I mean, if some people were talking about putting Jews behind electrified fences, I imagine that would be of concern to you.
PRITCHARD. …Well, you know, um, it’s not…here we go again. You know, nobody’s gonna put them behind an electric fence—
COOPER. Well, actually, that has happened. It’s called the Holocaust. It has happened. You say nobody’s going to kill homosexuals; homosexuals are killed all around the world. It’s happening right now in Iraq, it’s happening right now in Iran.
PRITCHARD. Yeah, and this is 2012.
COOPER. Yeah, and it’s happening right now in 2012 in Iraq and Iran.
PRITCHARD. And the main thing is—yes. And you know—and you know what? This is a pastor that speaks the word of God. Anybody could take it any way they want to, and if they don’t like it, they don’t have to. They can turn—turn around and go on.
COOPER. Stacey Pritchard, I appreciate you coming on the program. I know it’s a difficult topic, so thank you.
PRITCHARD. Sure, yeah, thank you so much.