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Whoa now. A church in Florida is not mincing words on a sign posted on its grounds, “Islam is of the Devil”. The church’s pastor, Terry Jones, has no qualms about the sign, saying he plans on adding other signs to include messages on abortion and gay marriage.

Jones believes this is a message of awareness and an opportunity to talk and re-think, not a message of hate. I’m not Christian (or Muslim), but I found this statement even more offensive: “To be a Christian, you would have to agree with that sign.” 

No way, say members of the community, who are protesting outside the church. The church is within its legal limits, but how about some ethical limits? I’d love to see the section of the Bible that advises Christians in hate-mongering.

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