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Locals preparing to protest anti-gay pastor

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Earlier this month, one pastor in Maiden, NC made a comment that ignited a firestorm.

Charles Worley, the pastor of Providence Road Baptist Church, spoke to his parishioners in the wake of North Carolina's Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage, being voted into law.

"Build a great big fence, 100-150 miles long, put all the lesbians in there, fly over and drop some food, and do the same thing with the queers and homosexuals and have that fence electrified until they can't get out," he said.

"Those statements are so dangerous when they are unmet," said Holly Paar with Blue Ridge Pride.

Paar saw the pastor's comments when the original video was posted online this week, and said, "When I first watched the video, I was angry."

Worley's comments came in the wake of a rough month for North Carolina's gay and lesbian community. Between Amendment One, and other comments from other pastors in the state about homosexuality, Paar said Worley's comments have only fueled the fire of homophobia.

Paar is one of many that are set to protest Sunday at Providence Road Baptist Church.  Demonstrators from around the Southeast, and even those across the country, are set to take to the streets.

"It's a non-violent protest, and that's an important piece of it," Paar said. "As much as we can, as much as we may want to make a reaction out of anger, and combat anger with anger, that never works."

Paar equated the comments that Worley made to those made in Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. In statements from parishioners, they're standing by their pastor, calling him a loving man, and say that he's only preaching the Bible.

Worley said putting gays and lesbians behind an electrified fence will have an end result, telling parishioners, "In a few years they'll die out. You know why? They can't reproduce."  

Paar said Worley's logic is flawed.

"Gay children can only come from straight parents," she said.

Paar said the agenda they have tomorrow is pure and simple - they want tolerance, acceptance and understanding.

"We're going down there not against Pastor Worley, but we're going with a message of hope and with a message of love," she said.

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