Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Osama-Obama Sign Removed From Church

"RENEWING THE AMERICAN DREAM"

JONESVILLE, S.C. (WSPA, WLTX) -- A sign that caused heated arguments outside of a church in Jonesville has been taken down.

Last week, Pastor Roger Byrd of Jonesville Church of God put the sign up which reads "Obama Osama Humm Are They Brothers?" Today, the sign was taken down.Pastor Byrd said the sign was not meant to be racial or political but rather to make people think. "His name is so close to Osama I feeling might be Islamic therefore he doesn't recognize Christ," Pastor Byrd said.

Barack attends Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago."

Eugunia Foster is offended by the church sign. "I'm embarrassed and hurt. I'm surprised a small town like Jonesville still has this separation. It is racial and hatred," Foster said.

Pastor Byrd told WSPA-TV he would ask his congregation to vote on whether to keep the sign. They voted unanimously to keep the sign up Sunday night.

Jonesville Church of God does not have any African American members.

WSPA says that thus far, attempts to reach the church on the reasons that the sign was removed has been unsuccessful.Over 400 comments were posted on wltx.com since we first posted this story on Monday.

Jonesville is a town of about 1,000 people in northwestern South Carolina near the North Carolina line.

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