A public demonstration will be held in North Carolina on Sunday (27 May) to protest the message of a Baptist minister who, during a sermon earlier this month, recommended that gays and lesbians be confined behind electric fences so they will all die off.
The Sunday sermon by Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina, went viral after it was posted on YouTube by the Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate, a grassroots initiative to fight back and end hate in their community.
Worley said: ' figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers,' he tells his congregation. 'Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 mile long — put all the lesbians in there... 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.'
The Citizens Against Hate group initially was denied a permit to hold the public protest but got assistance from the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation who negotiated with county officials.
The protest will held on the lawn of the Catawba County Justice Center in Newton, North Carolina.
'We are pleased that Catawba County honored its citizens’ First Amendment rights by allowing us to peacefully assemble to take a stand against the hateful rhetoric from Pastor Worley,' organizer Laura Tipton said in a statement. 'We are truly thankful to the ACLU of North Carolina for standing with us to ensure that our voice can be heard.'
Harris made his remarks during a sermon in which he spoke in favor of the state's Amendment One, a successful ballot initiative passed earlier this month that adds a ban same-sex marriages and civil unions to the North Carolina constitution.
Below is video of the portion of the sermon where the anti-gay remarks were made by Worley. It has been viewed on YouTube by nearly 775,000 people as of Friday afternoon (25 May) PST: