By Elaine Magliaro
Hermant Mehta (Patheos) reported on Thursday that there’s a sign outside the Taylor Road Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia that “is rightfully pissing people off.”
Dallas Franklin of KFOR noted that the church sign has caused lots of folks to take a second look at the sign. He added that the sign–which appears to link Satan with equal rights–“has some people fuming.”
Taylor Road is a busy road through Chesapeake but that hasn’t stopped some people from taking U-turns when they saw the sign out front the Taylor Road Baptist Church.
“I was frustrated and angry at the time,” said Terri Young. “When I drove by it, I wasn’t sure I read it right. So I did a U-turn.”
One man said, “It’s a good place to put things…But put the right thing. Not the wrong thing.”
Franklin said that people who live in the area of the Baptist church were unsure what “equal rights groups” the sign was referring to.
“Are they talking about the gay community, are they talking about minorities, are they talking about women? But any of them, it’s dogma over humanity, is all I kept thinking — how ridiculous it was to put something like that there.”
Franklin noted that Mel Kunkle, the pastor of the church, declined to do an interview.
Herman Mehta said he thought that since the church is Baptist, “the sign is probably referencing LGBT people who, along with everyone else, await a decision from the Supreme Court on marriage equality.” Mehta added that it was ignorant for the church to post such a message and not to “realize that the struggle for civil rights is one that has been fought by multiple groups of people and not just the one you hate.”
Kunkle claimed that he wasn’t talking about one particular group at all.
[Kunkle] said it’s about evil, referencing Satan trying to be equal with God, and he said he stands up for what scripture says.
Way to step back from your bigotry. If you’re going to be an asshole, at least own it. And if the sign isn’t meant to be about one particular group, why leave up such an ambiguous phrase when that’s exactly how everyone is interpreting it?
According to Liz Palka of WTNH, Kunkle said he understands that people are offended. He added that the sign is meant to make people think.
Terri Young, who lives a few miles from the church, said, “I mean, what is that teaching children then? It’s not okay to ask for equal rights? If you do, and someone else thinks you shouldn’t have them, that’s you equal to Satan? I don’t get it.”
Controversial Virginia Church Signs Connects Satan with Equal Rights
Pastor Kunkle said that the sign posted outside his church “is meant to make people think.” What do you think about that sign?