Religious strife is alive and well all over the world and in the country. Especially during this highly divisive time. When one Christian Baptist pastor refused to back down he got backlash for defending his faith. The pastor had placed a sign on the outskirts of the church property. The sign said the following,
“Wake up Christians. Allah is not our God. Muhammad not greater than Jesus. Only the Bible is God’s word. ‘Holy book.’ Koran is just another book.”
— Stephen Mayer (@SMayerPDX) May 12, 2016
The church is the Belmont Drive Missionary Baptist Church located in Fort Hood, Oregon. The pastor told reporters the following after the media got wind of the sign he put out,
“I’m not politically correct. I’ve never been politically correct, but I think I’m Biblically correct, and that’s what matters to me.”
— Stephen Mayer (@SMayerPDX) May 13, 2016
KATU news reported the following,
“The view from the Belmont Drive Missionary Baptist Church is beautiful, but many say the messages outside the church are downright ugly.
The reader board now displays two messages. The first reads, “Wake up Christians. Allah is not our God. Muhammad not greater than Jesus.” The second says, “Only the Bible is God’s word. ‘Holy book.’ Koran is just another book.”
“I literally had to stop and back up and make sure I saw what I saw, and I was profoundly offended and upset by it,” Eric Cohn said.
Cohn, a Hood River resident, first spotted the message while he was out for a bike ride. He couldn’t believe what he was reading, and he isn’t the only one.
“I was really annoyed and sad,” Hood River mayor, Paul Blackburn, said. “I’m annoyed that in this political season there’s a solid case of ugly going on. I think it norms up this kind of behavior like ‘oh it’s okay to be a bigot now.’”
Despite taking the issue to social media to complain about how offended they were it all eventually died down. As it should have. Because there is nothing to report. People have a right to express their opinions and the church was not hurting anyone or threatening anyone with what they said.
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