CHARLOTTE – A video making its way around the Internet shows a North Carolina pastor calling for gays to be locked inside electrified fences.
The Rev. Charles Worley, of Providence Road Baptist Church in Catawba County, made the announcement on May 13 in a sermon in response to President Obama's support of gay marriage.
"I ain't going to vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover," said Worley in the YouTube clip.
His sermon's gone viral with hundreds of thousands of hits on the internet, and he's received attention on international t.v.
"I figured away to get rid of all the lesbians and queers," said Worley.
He added he wanted to put all lesbians and gays behind an electrified fence.
"In a few years they'll die out, because they can't reproduce," said Worley.
It's created a swirl of protest.
"I was shocked and horrified about the message that was being sent," said Laura Tipton. She is now organizing a group to protest peacefully this Sunday outside the church. Tipton says she expects more than 250 people.
But church members are defending their pastor.
"I feel it was a small part of what he had to say taken out of context," said Joe Heffner about Pastor Worley. "He takes a strong stand on the Bible and what it says, but he loves people. That's what I know about Charles Worley. He loves people."
With hundreds of protestors expected at the service Sunday, the Catawba County Sheriff's office will staff additional deputies here to make sure everything stays peaceful.
We were unable to get a hold of Pastor Worley for a comment.
The video was posted on YouTube by the group Catawba Valley Against Hate.
Watch the YouTube clip here:
Editor's Note: Providence Baptist Church of Charlotte has been confused due to the similarity of its name with the Providence Baptist Road Church of Maiden, N.C.