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Social Work Student Organizing Protest Against Anti-Gay Minister

Pastor Charles Worley. Image courtesy of

An Appalachian State University social work student is organizing a protest against a North Carolina pastor who said lesbian and gay people should be rounded up behind an electric fence until they eventually die, according to this article on

Laura Tipton’s protest against Pastor Charles Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church outside Maiden, N.C. comes just weeks after North Carolina voters approved a constitutional ban against same-sex marriage.

Tipton says the protest will be peaceful and is expected to draw 400 or more people to the church on Sunday.

“I think the message needs to get out, especially because this is a North Carolina church and North Carolina has gotten a very bad rap,” Tipton said. “I think it’s important that people know that not all of us feel this way, that there is support for the LGBT community in this state.”

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  1. Thank you for your posting and helping to organize the protest of Charles Worley’s rant. Plan to attend the protest in Catawba County. Hoping to meet you there.

  2. THANK YOU! I am so honored to be recognized in Social Workers Speak! Just wanted to give you an update that for today’s protest we moved the event to the Justice Center in Newton because of the numbers that were expected to come. Today we convened at the Justice Center and had over 2000 protestors to spread the message of love, tolerance, and respect! I am honored to have been a part of this, what I like to now call, movement. I hope I did the social work profession proud today.

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