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Maiden residents upset with pastor

May 23, 2012

Maiden is still buzzing with talk of gays, lesbians, protests and pastors two days after a local preacher’s anti-gay remarks sparked a national controversy.

Town residents say recent comments made by pastor Charles Worley do not represent the town or its people.

Nearly two weeks ago, Worley told his congregation at Providence Road Baptist Church that he found a way to “get rid of all the lesbians and queers,” recommending putting them in an electrified fence until they “die off.”

The pastor’s comments have been broadcast by national news conglomerates like CNN, as well as other media throughout the state. More than 557,000 people have viewed a two-minute, five-second YouTube clip of Worley’s remarks.

With everyone and their brother pitching in their two cents about the situation, most Maiden residents are unhappy with the negative light being shed on the town.

To read more of this story, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

Comments

Maiden N.C. and that guy you call a Pastor

May 23, 2012 by Matt Stevens, 2 years 22 weeks ago
Comment: 1121

I was shocked after watching CNN, that anyone in the U.S. is so stupid that he or she would make the comments that the person your community calls a Pastor did recently. After watching this hateful event on CNN, I went to the Maiden N.C. city website, and was more shocked that the mayor of your city did not put up a statement that the City of Maiden did not share the opinion of this idiot so called Pastor. I feel not doing so (making a statement against this idiot) put out a message to the world that your city agreed with this fool and the city of Maiden has a major problem with gays. I will never travel to or go near a city so filled with hate. I will be sure to let everyone I know my feeling toward this hate filled community!

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