Pastor's sermon stirs controversy

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