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Pastor's sermon stirs controversy

May 22, 2012

(O-N-E photo by Nash Dunn)

The town of Maiden is swamped in controversy after a local pastor’s anti-gay comments gained national headlines this week.  

Charles Worley, pastor of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, told his congregation May 13 that he, the Bible and God are against homosexuality. During the sermon, he used what church members are calling an “illustration” of homosexuals’ inability to procreate.

The two-minute-long YouTube video of Worley’s comments has since gone viral, with national media, pastors and citizens voicing disapproval of the remarks. Meanwhile, Worley, himself, has been unavailable for comment.

On Tuesday, hundreds of local and state residents announced they plan to protest Worley’s comments during the church’s regularly scheduled service at 11 a.m. Sunday. The protest, which is being organized largely through Facebook, is planned to occur just outside the church’s doors.  

The planned protest Sunday is being billed as a peaceful demonstration, but extra security will be on hand to keep the peace. Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid says additional officers will be present Sunday to make sure everyone abides by the law.

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

Pastor Charles Worley's May 13 remarks


Anti-gay remarks

May 23, 2012 by Rensancemanjoseph, 2 years 49 weeks ago
Comment: 1120

Religion is a concept that enables a person to find some meaning for their existence and to provide a moral code for living with other living beings. For a pastor to recommend putting someone to death because they express love to those of the same sex is a perversion. He minister should not preach this message of hate and bigotry. The congregation should not stand for it.

Just remember...

May 23, 2012 by Backbone (not verified), 2 years 49 weeks ago
Comment: 1119

...we are all protected by the First Amendment!

Do you want the Government or the hysterical masses governing what is said in conversation or the pulpit?

I do not!

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