We've already told you about the protesters who have been railing against North Carolina-based pastor Charles L. Worley following his sermon calling for gays and lesbians to be contained in an electrified fence until they die off. But now, in the wake of a controversy that doesn't seem to be dying down, the outspoken faith leader's church was mailed a suspicious package filled with white powder.
According to reports, a member of the Providence Road Baptist Church opened an envelope and white power poured out. Immediately, Hazmat teams arrived on the scene and the individual in question was sent to a hospital to ensure safety. As CBS Charlotte reports, the incident comes just one month after Worley uttered his infamous words about gays being placed in electrified fences.
The Winston-Salem Journal has more:
An envelope containing the substance was discovered and opened at Providence Road Baptist Church by a church staff member Thursday morning, according to Jim Dickerson, acting public information officer for Catawba County.
Postal inspectors didn’t have enough of the white substance to test onsite, so it was packaged and taken to the FBI lab for identification, according to Dickerson.
The church has been locked down, and no one is allowed in until clearance is given. Deputies will continue to patrol the church grounds. It may take as long as 48 hours to get the test results from the FBI. As a safety precaution, no one will be allowed to go in the church until the results are in, said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.
As The Blaze previously reported, in the two-minute video, which appears to be a portion taken from a longer sermon, Worley condemns Obama’s recent endorsement of gay marriage, and makes a shocking statement about homosexuals — that they should be placed inside of an electrified pen until they die off. Call his words mere hyperbole or pure hate — at the least, taken in the minimal context they’re presented in, they are stunning.
“Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 mile long — put all the lesbians in there,” he said in the sermon, which was allegedly filmed on May 13. “Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out…and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out…do you know why? They can’t reproduce!”
Watch the original video, below:
While the church initially attempted to ignore the controversy and the pastor has remained quiet, the furor was so intense that the Providence Road Baptist Church web site apparently now showcases a brief statement that reads, "We offer NO apologies in believing the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible is the inerrant Word of God."
(H/T: CBS Charlotte)