The North Carolina pastor who called for gays and lesbians to be put in an electrified pen and ultimately killed off is facing a backlash.
After video footage of Pastor Charles L. Worley's homophobic May 13 sermon went viral, the official website for Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C. had been yanked from the web. As The New Civil Rights Movement reports, site reader Rob Roberts was just one of several people to contact StoneWall Consulting Partners, the company who created the site for Worley, after the pastor's speech hit the blogosphere.
"I asked them if they support genocide against gays and then told them I was ashamed of them," Roberts is quoted by the site as saying.
The New Civil Rights Movement's David Badash also noted, "Like all churches, Pastor Worley’s Providence Road Baptist Church doesn’t pay taxes. And by advocating for a specific political candidate he could (and should) lose his tax-exempt status."
In what can be interpreted as a dig at President Obama, Worley said in the sermon that if he's asked who he'll vote for, he'd reply, "I'm not going to vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover!"
Badash said several readers have, in fact, responded to his plea by subsequently contacting the IRS.
HuffPost Gay Voices reader Kaeylyn Hunt notes that a group will be protesting the Providence Road Baptist Church on Sunday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Regardless if you are gay or straight, Christian or not... this rhetoric is dangerous and harmful," members of "Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate" group, who note that the rally will be peaceful, write on Facebook. "Taking a peaceful stand for our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is paramount."
Worley continued what seems to be a barrage of anti-gay sermons delivered by North Carolina-based pastors to hit the blogosphere in the wake of Amendment One yesterday with his disturbing tirade. "Build a great, big, large fence -- 150 or 100 mile long -- put all the lesbians in there," Worley suggested in the clip. "Do the same thing for 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!"
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