Pastor who gave anti-gay sermon draws hundreds of protesters in North Carolina

Dylan Stableford
The Lookout

The North Carolina pastor who gave a disturbing, anti-gay sermon—in which he suggested rounding up all "queers and homosexuals" and quarantining them inside an electric fence—drew hundreds of protesters on Sunday.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 "peaceful" protesters demonstrated outside the Catawba County Justice Center, 12 miles from the Maiden, N.C., church where Rev. Charles Worley delivered his homophobic rant on Mother's Day.

"I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers," Worley told churchgoers on May 13. "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 and have that fence electrified so they can't get out. And you know what, in a few years, they'll die out. Do you know why? They can't reproduce!"

"It makes me pukin' sick to think about," Worley added. "Can you imagine kissing some man?"

Lt. Daryl McCarty of the Catawba County Sheriff's office told CNN that vandals tried to set fire to Worley's Providence Road Baptist Church on Friday "in retaliation about his remarks against homosexuals and lesbians from the pulpit." Police are investigating the incident.

According to the sheriff's office, two protesters on Sunday were cited for noise violations, but no arrests were made.

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