If Satan’s for it, they’re against it: The Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle Church is facing criticism after linking the struggle for equal rights to Satan.
Raw Story reports members of the Knoxville community expressed outrage earlier this week after photos of the marquee outside the Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle Church were circulated online. The sign read:
Remember, Satan was the first to demand equal rights.
The silly and controversial sign was changed after it sparked outrage in the community and ridicule on the Internet.
Pastor Tony Greene said the church meant no harm, claiming the message was about unity. Greene said:
Our sign referencing Satan demanding his equal rights to ascend into the heavens and be God was simply ‘I’ and all about that individual. It was not a statement against any one group in particular.
The church denies the sign was targeting any single group, yet the subtext of the current struggle for marriage equality and LGBT rights is hard to dismiss.The church has replaced the sign with a new message:
Glad you reading. Did not mean to offend. We all need Christ.
The new sign is not really an apology, and factually incorrect, because not everyone needs an imaginary supernatural crutch like Jesus, but hey, it’s a free country.
While the original sign linking Satan to the fight for equal rights is an obnoxious reminder of the ignorance common in the conservative Christian community, the good news is that such communities can be shamed into change, or at least discouraged from placing their warped and defective worldview on public display.
(H/T Raw Story)