Protestors are expected to appear before the Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina on Sunday to protest the hate-filled sermons of Pastor Charles Worley. The pastor told his flock on 13 May that he wanted to “Build a great big large fence 50 or 100 miles long. Put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals. Have that fence electrified so they can’t get out. You know what, in a few years, they’ll die out. You know why? They can’t reproduce.”
The old ‘if you hate them, put them in concentration camps’ part of the Bible, right?
David Freidman, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in Washington, DC, stated “Pastor Worley’s videotaped remarks are deplorable, inexcusable and incompatible with the tenets of his faith. Pastor Worley owes the LGBT community and the people of Maiden, North Carolina a swift and unequivocal apology.”
The Huffington Post reported that:
Christopher Brook, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, said the church had posted the entire sermon on its website for a few days, and the Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate had grabbed the clip and posted it on YouTube. The clip had been viewed 689,000 times by Thursday.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a religious liberty watchdog group, has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service, asking that it investigate the tax exempt status of Providence Road Baptist Church.
Reverend Barry W. Lynn, the executive director of Americans United said “Pastor Worley’s vicious and mean-spirited assault on gays and lesbians is bad enough. His pulpit command that people not vote for President Obama is a violation of federal tax law. I urge the IRS to act swiftly to investigate the matter.”
In the sermon, Worley not only denounces same-sex marriage, but President Barack Obama’s support for it, and even goes so far as to state in the sermon that “our president getting up and saying that it was all right for two women to marry or two men to marry. I was disappointed bad. The Bible is against it, God is against and I’m against it. . .Somebody said, ‘Who are you going to vote for?’ I ain’t going to vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover. You said, ‘Did you mean to say that?’ You better believe I did.”
Lynn stated that Worley’s statements are a clear violation of federal law because it prohibits all non-profit groups from intervening in elections by endorsing or opposing candidates. The demonstration is set “for Sunday morning at the Catawba County Justice Center in Newton, North Carolina, according to an invitation posed on the Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate Facebook page.”