May 25, 2005

Another shining example of tolerance and respect for differences.

A Baptist church in Rutherford County, North Carolina is bringing the state more unwanted publicity. Last weekend, the pastor of the Danieltown Baptist Church put out in front of the church the message shown below.

Anti-Muslim sign
[Photo: Josh Humphries/Daily Courier]

According to this article in the online version of the Rutherford County Daily Courier, Rev. Creighton Lovelace is making no apology for putting out the sign.

"I believe that it is a statement supporting the word of God and that it (the Bible) is above all and that any other religious book that does not teach Christ as savior and lord as the 66 books of the Bible teaches it, is wrong," said Lovelace. "I knew that whenever we decided to put that sign up that there would be people who wouldn't agree with it, and there would be some that would, and so we just have to stand up for what's right...."

"Our creed as a Christian, or a Protestant, or a Baptist church — of course we don't have a creed but the bible — but we do have the Baptist faith and message that says that we should cling to the 66 books of the Holy Bible and any other book outside of that claiming to know the way of God or claiming to be God's word is automatically written off and is trying to defeat people from the way of true righteousness inside of our viewpoint in how we view the word of God," Lovelace said....

When Lovelace was asked whether he considered before he put the sign up that there may be some consequences or that some people may be angered, he said he was aware of the likelihood of angering some people.

"Well, I thought about it and I said there may be people who are offended by it but the way I look at it, Jesus told his followers that if the world hates you, don't feel bad because they hated me first," said Lovelace. "If we stand for what is right and for God's word and for Christianity then the world is going to us and so right away when I got a complaint I said 'well somebody's mad, somebody's offended, so we must be doing something right.'"

The only good thing about the sign is that it will be gone this weekend — the church's sign is changed every seven days.

We might have titled this post 'What is it with North Carolina, anyway?" but this magpie has spent too much time in that state to jump to the unwarranted conclusion that that sign is somehow representative of the people of the state. Trust us, it isn't.

More: Over at The Light of Reason, Arthur Silber picked up on an aspect of the Courier story that we're embarassed to say that we missed. You really should go read his post.

Posted by Magpie at May 25, 2005 11:41 AM | Religion | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |