Is it protected speech or political hate? And does it have a place on a church marquee?
The sign reads, "Vote for the Mormon, not the Muslim! The capitalist, not the communist!"
That marquee standing outside a non-denominational church has become the talk of the town in Leakey — about 90 miles northwest of San Antonio.
The Church in the Valley is run by Pastor Ray Miller. Miller declined an interview but did say the sign was solely his idea. He said he changes the sign weekly and this isn't the first bold statement to be displayed.
Now I don't know if this Pastor is one of those testing the First Amendment this election cycle ,but I would have to say that his sign is not only provocative, it is also completely false.
In fact the thing that really burns my ass sometimes is by all indications President Obama is EXACTLY the kind of Christian that in years past the Christian community would have readily embraced. Though he does not constantly tout his faith, he often refers to God in his speeches and seems to live the kind of moral and ethical life that Christian's admire and often claim is the direct result of THEIR religious faith.
Yet for some reason this man is given virtually NO credit for his beliefs.
Now that could be due to the fact that he supports a woman's right to choose. Or that he supports marriage equality, and did away with DADT in the military. Or perhaps it is because he does not genuflect in Israel's direction as often as the Fundamentalists would like.
Or, and surely this can't be it, he is not the right shade of Christian for these close minded assholes.
But whatever whatever the reason it is sadly NOT simply contained to a few Fundamentalist churches in Texas. As evidenced by this face palm worthy headline posted at CNN.
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