Thousands of protesters gathered this weekend outside of the North Carolina church where Pastor Charles Worley preaches. Worley came under fire last week after saying the U.S. should build an electrified fence to create a concentration camp for all gay people and “in a few years they’ll die out.”
In the past, Worley has also spoken fondly of the days when gay people would be “hung, bless God, from a white oak tree.”
Protesters and counter-protesters from around the country showed up outside of Worley’s church, Providence Road Baptist Church, to either fight or support Worley’s message.
Check out the crowd:
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Churches are not permitted to advocate for political outcomes, and since Worley’s hateful comments were directly aimed at President Obama and Congress, a formal request has been made to the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of his church.
Some activists are taking a less legal route: There were reports of an attempted arson at the church this weekend.