Political Message on Church Sign Controversy

From KENS News San Antonio:
LEAKEY, Texas — A controversy regarding a political sign prominently displayed outside a church is playing out in a small town west of San Antonio. 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.

OK, first thought.  “Is it protected speech or political hate?” The reporter asks.  It does not have to be one or the other.  They are not opposites.  Political hate is protected speech.  No one needs to go out of his way to protect kind, loving speech.

Does it have a place on a church marquee?  I guess, if you think that is what your faith stands for, why not advertise it?  The church marquee is an opportunity to communicate what you’re about to outsiders.  Is this a stirring religious message?  Not in my opinion, no.  For some reason I find myself humming that Culture Club song “The Church of the Poison Mind.”

The sign was intended to say something about politics.  What it really tells you is something about this church and what it stands for.  It is a church that has no tolerance for its neighbor faiths (what would be wrong with being a Muslim if the president actually were one?) and that believes in a capitalist Jesus.  They do have faith though.  They are clinging to the idea that the President is a Muslim no matter what the facts are.  Who am I to say this is a strange form of Christianity?  We have freedom of religion in this country.  You can worship whatever kind of God you want. If you think God is judgmental and concerned with our petty politics, then you go write the stirring capitalist hymn.  I know I wouldn’t walk through that church door.  So if the pastor’s mission was to keep away anyone with a different point of view, job well done.  If the objective was to be featured in the news, job well done again.


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