Virginia Baptist Church Sign: “Satan Was the First to Demand Equal Rights”

A sign outside Taylor Road Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia is rightfully pissing people off:

Remember, Satan was the first to demand equal rights.

Because women and black people are evil, just like Satan…?

No. In true Baptist form, the sign is probably referencing LGBT people who, along with everyone else, await a decision from the Supreme Court on marriage equality. But how ignorant do you have to be 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?

The pastor of the church, Mel Kunkle, says he’s not 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?

You don’t win if people are debating whether you’re a bigot or just plain ignorant.

(Thanks to Matt for the link)

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