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Thousands Protest NC Pastor Charles Worley, Who Said Gays Should Be Fenced in and Killed: VIDEO



More than 2,000 protesters came out from all over the country to protest Providence Road Baptist Church Pastor Charles Worley, whose Mother's Day sermon in which he suggested gays and lesbians should be fenced in and killed went viral last week, the Hickory Record reports.

Catawba2The protestors came out in force to bring a message of love and acceptance. Their signs bore bold statements like, “Jesus had 2 dads and he turned out just fine.” And “I am a gay, moral, conservative Christian.”

Sheriff’s deputies and Newton police officers kept the peace as the protestors stood by the side of the road and cheered every time a car drove past and honked in approval.

A vocal group of more than 50 counter-protestors were on hand to support Worley and his church. They too had signs with slogans like, “Sodomites are vile, unnatural and worthy of death. Romans 1:21-32.” And “Gay pride is why Sodom got fried.”

Catawba3The Charlotte Observer reported the crowds were slightly smaller:

About 1,200 people came from across North Carolina and other states Sunday to protest a Maiden preacher’s recent anti-gay sermon. Beyond the protest, many said they wanted to support each other after a demoralizing ballot defeat and to show the nation that many people in North Carolina support gay rights. Some even came to declare their sexuality publicly for the first time.

There was also a reported arson attempt on Worley's church on Friday night:

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said about 50 law enforcement personnel patrolled during the protest, and there were no arrests. The Sheriff’s Office, however, did issue at least one warning citation to a counter protestor for violating the noise ordinance.

“With this many people, it went pretty well,” said Reid.

Reid told NewsChannel 36, the Observer’s news partner, that someone set fire to a power box at Providence Baptist Church on Friday. Reid said the fire marshal is investigating the incident, but there is no reason to believe the fire is linked to the protests.

PrbcWorley, meanwhile, was greeted with a standing ovation by his congregation, the Hickory Record reported:

Church members and about 100 visitors from in and outside the area gave Worley a standing ovation when he approached the pulpit. A few members stood up from the pews and spoke out in favor of Worley as officers watched and intervened when one particularly longwinded member spoke.

The atmosphere was a vocal and jubilant one. The sanctuary was mostly full, with the vast majority of the crowd singing and crying out in joy. Many threw their hands up in praising the Lord and in support of the pastor.

“I appreciate all the support,” Worley said, buoyed by the loud cheers and applause of the congregation.

Barely touching on the subject of his May 13 sermon that sparked the controversy, Worley did not apologize. “I’ve got a King James Bible,” Worley said. “I’ve been a preacher for 53 years. Do you think I’m going to bail out on this?”

Instead, Worley focused on being proud of the Bible. “Everything I do, say, or preach, I believe in this book,” he said.

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  1. can this priest be sued for his words of hate?

    Posted by: mario bolden | May 28, 2012 1:06:42 PM

  2. Sodom and Gomorrah - interesting choices to base their hate on. Jesus himself specifically said the sin of those two places was inhospitality to strangers. In the desert, at a time with no motels, travelers were at the mercy of strangers taking them in for the night. To be refused refuge was a death sentence to anyone traveling. In Bedouin cultures, to refuse refuge to a stranger was one of the most vile sins imaginable. Pretty much defines this disgusting little church, I'd say.

    Posted by: Craig | May 28, 2012 1:13:16 PM

  3. @LittleKiwi: you are absolutely right. Amazing how Jesus spent his entire ministry preaching against wealth and power, the very thing the GOP embraces above all else. He said not one about sex of any kind. Yet what do these hateful little churches like this focus their attention on? Sex.

    Posted by: Craig | May 28, 2012 1:16:34 PM

  4. @ Craig...Kiwi is always absolutely right. I'm not stalking you Kiwi...just always like your opinions.
    @ Mario...I have asked myself the same question but I guess "freedom of religion" covers even their hate speech. I don't think that's true up, Kiwi?
    Can you imagine the "war on religion" BS we would hear if we interrupted their hateful tirades? I do think it eventually burns itself out though...horrible listening to it until then.

    Posted by: Paul B. | May 28, 2012 1:29:38 PM

  5. Don't give up on North Carolina just because of these ignorant bigots. Remember, the state went BLUE in the last election & very well could again. The tide is slowly turning there.

    Latinos have doubled their numbers on the voting rolls & typically vote 83% Democratic. The current Governor is a Democrat, so voter-surpression is far less than in GOP controlled states. The Democratic nominee for the next Governor, Walter Dalton, is on record via You-Tube in opposing Amendment#1.

    Rev.Worley fired up the gays & our allies. Moderate North Carolinians are loathe to identify with the backward hateful rants of the fundamentalists. And as an aside, I'll bet Rev.Worley & his followers are not too thrilled about the prospect of a Mormon in charge either.

    NC remains a swing state. Future Supreme Court nominees hinge on the outcome of 2012. NC could make a huge difference & may start on the road to recovery from their recent rightwing turn.

    Don't give up on the TarHeels!

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | May 28, 2012 1:37:24 PM

  6. biblically speaking, it's "easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven"

    in the interest of "saving souls", America's "Christians" should be adamant about spreading wealth.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 28, 2012 1:37:46 PM

  7. I just Googled...Romans 1:21-32 as mentioned above. So, no I don't believe in that crap first of all. But, if I did...what does it tell me? It tells me more about how death should be put to those who commit all kinds of things...all the things they are saying & doing...not us. So how does that work for them?

    Posted by: Paul B. | May 28, 2012 1:39:16 PM

  8. “Everything I do, say, or preach, I believe in this book,” holds up copy of "On the Origin of Species." The bible is nothing more than a bunch of Grimms' fairy tales passed from generation to generation. People are such dupes and followers. Critical thinkers are few and far between among us.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | May 28, 2012 1:45:21 PM

  9. I love the way these self-styled "christians" (i.e. Fundamentalist Protestants) idol worship their "King James Bible". Shhhh, don't tell them that the books of the Christian Bible were put together by the Roman Catholic Church centuries before there was any such concept as Protestantism. And don't ya love the way they ignore those parts of the Bible they don't agree with, for instance when the bible says people who get divorced and marry again are committing adultery?

    Posted by: Sean | May 28, 2012 1:50:46 PM

  10. Ever wonder what the church would be saying right now if Dan Savage said that they should put electrified fences around the churches and wait till all the good Christians just die out?

    Posted by: Oliver | May 28, 2012 1:52:49 PM

  11. Whoever posted "we are losing this war" is not only wrong but dead wrong. Not only are we winning, but we have won. We have won the hearts and minds of our culture on every level from entertainment to political to the financial and corporate institutions. There is no "reverse gear" on freedom and equality, there are only temporary setbacks.

    So don't give in to pessimism and defeat -- WE have truth and morality on our side, all they have is hate, bigotry and lies -- and the truth is beginning to hit the bigots like a tidal wave.

    Posted by: Rob roberts | May 28, 2012 2:07:43 PM

  12. @ Rob...I'll have whatever you're drinking today. Only kidding. You may be right but I'm not nearly as hopeful. I've only seen civil rights fought for, never generously shared. Heck, they don't even think we have civil rights.

    Posted by: Paul B. | May 28, 2012 2:15:43 PM

  13. ...and how many in his "Flock"...SUFFER the SIN of GLUTTONY? Too many!!!

    not that I believe in religion at all.....those are some sickass people.

    Posted by: disgusted american | May 28, 2012 3:06:10 PM

  14. We are NEVER going to change the minds of these HATEFUL bigots. What we need to do is GET EVEN. If "they" want to prevent us from equal rights, LET'S MAKE IT HARDER FOR THEM! Remove ALL churches tax exempt status. If marriage is reserved for only one man and one woman, but this man and woman DON'T reproduce WITHIN one year, revoke their marriage license. Why should WE pay taxes for schools for THEIR little bastards? "They" won't let us adopt children? Fine, my taxes won't go to pay for "their" children's books. Why not make it HARDER for "them" get married? Perhaps a WAITING period for a YEAR... or TWO years. And make it even HARDER to get a divorce! MANDITORY MARRIAGE COUNSELING!!! Elizabeth Taylor can get married FIVE times and no blinks an eye. Britney Spears can get married within THREE minutes and divorced in three days, but we can't? Come on, guys, we can't sit back and say, "What did you expect?" Let's get EVEN with these HATEFUL BIGOTS and beat them at their own game!

    Posted by: Jeff R. | May 28, 2012 3:40:27 PM

  15. Over 2,000 people protesting this 'pastor'? That's awesome news!

    It's 'sermons' like Worley's that show how big the 'love the sinner hate the sin' line is a lie... these people have no trouble demanding that we be thrown into concentration camps - for what? Our own good? Pfft.

    Posted by: Oz in OK | May 28, 2012 3:40:52 PM

  16. Um, Jeff dear. Aren't _you_ one of "THEIR little bastards?" Might wanna think your plan through a little more.

    Posted by: JJ | May 28, 2012 6:35:06 PM

  17. Um, JJ dear, screw you.

    Posted by: Jeff R. | May 28, 2012 8:16:29 PM

  18. It is no surprise that Sodomites hate the Bible. They hate anything that is not gay-friendly. What a bunch of foolish bigots. If you don't like what the pastor said, don't go to his church. He can say whatever he wants. If a bunch of homosexuals can show their naked asses on a float in front of children, this man can say whatever he feels like. Bite that homos.

    Posted by: Clarkson | May 28, 2012 8:48:50 PM

  19. Oh, Clarkson, so typical a comment coming from someone hiding behind the anonymity of the Internet. There's just one word for the likes of you: Chickenshit.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | May 28, 2012 10:09:32 PM


    Posted by: Angela | May 28, 2012 11:59:45 PM

  21. In responce to CLARKSON, I agree with your reasoning that if I disagree with what the pastor preaches, I need not attend his church. Just as you, and children, are not mandated to view naked asses on float parades.

    Posted by: KP | May 29, 2012 1:30:13 AM

  22. response misspelled, I hope GOD forgives me, lest I be damned for eternity.

    Posted by: KP | May 29, 2012 1:48:58 AM

  23. I always wonder what these people classify as "sodomy."

    Is is just anal sex or is it also oral sex..?

    Because of it's just anal, well, I don't think most lesbians could be condemned by these people as "sodomites" then.

    There're also plenty of gay men how don't engage in anal sex and plenty of straight people who do.

    And virtually everyone engages in oral sex
    (which, from what I understand, is included in the biblical-ages definition of 'sodomy')

    I wish these wise and lovely people would be more specific so everyone knows what sex acts are allowed for gay (and straight) people to qualify (or be disqualified) for marriage.

    Posted by: lookyloo | May 29, 2012 2:32:50 AM

  24. @Clarkson: Do you agree with the biblical mandates that all those who work on the sabbath, curse their parents, commit adultery, worship gods other than yahweh etc. should be put to death? Why did the god of the bible tell the Israelites to kill every living creature, including children and animals, in the lands that they conquered? I do hate the bible but only because it is a hate filled book. Have you read how yahweh punished David and Bathsheba for their tryst? He killed their child. What a hate filled book.

    Posted by: andrew | May 29, 2012 2:33:36 AM

  25. The greatest SPIN in world history is changing the vile yahweh of the "Old Testament", upon which the "New Testament" is based, into Our Heavenly Father". LOL!!!

    Posted by: andrew | May 29, 2012 2:49:13 AM

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