MAIDEN, N.C. -- A local pastor is igniting controversy, preaching a plan to eliminate gays.
NewsChannel 36 received several calls and complaints Monday about Pastor Charles Worley's sermon from May 13. It was originally posted on Providence Road Baptist Church's website.
The 71-year-old pastor delivered the sermon in response to President Obama supporting gay marriage earlier this month. But it's Worley's idea on how to control the homosexual population, not politics, that sent this video viral.
In the video, Pastor Worley said his plan involves building a large fence, putting lesbians in one, the "queers and the homosexuals in another, and have that fence electrified so they can't get out. And you know what? In a few years they'll die out."
The group "Catawba Valley Against Hate" posted a clip from the sermon on YouTube. Spokeswoman Laura Tipton told NewsChannel 36 she called the pastor after she saw the video.
"He said it was a bad choice of words, but he never really apologized or said he shouldn't have said it," said Tipton.
Tipton is now organizing a protest of the pastor's comments. It is scheduled for Sunday, May 27.
NewsChannel 36 tried contacting Pastor Worley Monday night, but his phone rang busy the entire night and he did not respond to our emails.