MAIDEN, N.C. - The protest against the controversial Maiden pastor who said gay people should be kept in fences will not cost taxpayers any money.
Fifty Catawba County sheriff’s deputies were assigned to keep an eye on Sunday’s protest in Newton.
The sheriff said the deputies will get time off during the next two weeks, so they won’t have to be paid overtime.
Some people were upset that the county allowed the protest even though organizers didn’t ask for permission 14 days in advance.Channel 9 received new video of the Maiden pastor who gave a controversial anti-gay sermon at his church.
Pastor Charles Worley was on his way to Sunday services this weekend when he was asked if he regretted anything he said, but didn't have much to say.
“Pastor, would you like to take back anything you said?” CNN's Gary Tuchman asked.
“Pastor, we would like to give you the chance to take anything back if you care to?” Tuchman asked again.
“No,” Worley said.
While the pastor may not be ready to defend his sermon, he did have several supporters ready to defend him.
Cameras caught one of his entourage with a gun in his waistband as they headed to Sunday morning services.
Thousands of demonstrators spoke out for and against the message on Sunday in Newton.
On Saturday, the Catawba County sheriff said someone made a failed attempt to burn down the pastor's church.
Earlier this month, Worley told parishioners gays and lesbians should be locked in an electrified pen and left to die off.