‘Angry’ religious sign pops up in North Carolina promoting intolerance

A religious billboard in causing controversy in Clyde, North Carolina, which reads, “Coexist, tolerance, sexual perversion?” “God says ‘NO!” The ‘no’ is in Republican caps of course.

“Michelle Grosse, a resident in the town said, “Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is now. That’s not the kingdom of heaven. That’s rude and nasty.”










WLOS reports, “Grosse noticed the billboards last week. She says she thinks they are offensive and is upset someone is using signage to send the wrong message. Grosse says she believe the billboards promote intolerance and are unchristian. People in Clyde have mixed reaction to Grosse’s complaints. “If they want to complain about something, complain about something that needs to be fixed,” said Allen Thornburg.”

That’s funny because my God says the exact opposite of what this sign says.



  • mea_mark

    “Just say No” ~ Nancy Reagan

    Love All ~ GOD

    Now where did we go wrong?

    • m2old4bs

      We went wrong as a society about the time Nancy set foot in the White House.

  • http://www.the-trades.com rjcarter

    There’s a lot of quoting Jesus saying he didn’t condemn people. Few people quote further to the admonition to go and sin no more.

    • Joel Wilson

      you might read the he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone…

      • http://www.the-trades.com rjcarter

        And you might read the next four verses that follow that story. Let me know the last thing Jesus said to the woman.

        • Joel Wilson

          And you might focus on the comment made to the Pharisees which trumps everything else-
          by the way the Greek word used is not one of perfection, but of seeking sin “this” sin no more-
          But the key is he who is without sin- let them cast the first stone.
          So again you might look at that.

          • http://www.the-trades.com rjcarter

            No. It does not trump everything else. It all goes together. “We’ve all sinned. Your sins are forgiven. Don’t sin again.”
            But in none of these sentences does he ever imply that the sins were okay. They were forgivable, but they were still sin.

          • Joel Wilson

            Yes I’m sorry, it does. The focus of the pericope is NOT on what the nature of sin. It is about condemnation versus not being condemned. Jesus further asks her where her accusers were- and they left. Because they were not without sin. Jesus was the only one without sin. Did he cast a stone? Did he condemn? No to both.
            Sin this sin-no more. Not a call to perfection as none of us are perfect-so yes that does trump all else.

          • http://www.the-trades.com rjcarter

            I think we’re both saying that Jesus forgave her and said, in plain English, “Now don’t do it again.” Our difference seems to be in which statement was the more important of the two, with me arguing that they are all of the same importance.

          • Danny Higgins

            Uhhh, I don’t think Jesus spoke English….try Hebrew..and what your reading is the interpratation of an interpratation many times over…read the original Hebrew scripts and you might find a whole new Jesus….for realz…..

          • http://www.the-trades.com rjcarter

            Well, the Gospel of Matthew was written in Greek, so that’s going to be a little bit difficult. I don’t expect I’m going to find a Jesus in any language or interpretation who says “That’s just a little sin, you’ll be fine with that one,” if he’s the same guy who said he had come to call sinners to repentance.

          • Joel Wilson

            The point is, that Jesus does not condemn, this sign does. It is out side the tradition in that regards-it sets itself up as a judge. Something spoken out against, not on in the Gospels, but in the writings of Paul. By the way, Aramaic was most probably the language that Jesus spoke, there are some Aramaic words in the Gospel of Mark, which is now thought to be the earliest of the Synoptics.

          • Joel Wilson

            Appreciate the dialog and discussion rjcarter. However, the focus is really on what the entire pericope was about, by pericope, I mean that section of scripture, and especially in relationship to this poster pictured above.
            This poster would be I submit the kind of thing Jesus would rail against. The poster is putting themselves in the line of judging another, of casting a stone. Unless they are without sin themselves, they can not cast the first stone.
            Note in the story, Jesus does not cast a stone. When you find Jesus upset in the gospels,it is with those who are not going with the weightier read central and most important, parts of the tradition-mercy, justice forgiveness love. He did that in this story from the Gospel of John if memory serves, where he states not only that those without sin cast the first stone, but asks her where her accusers are, and then said he does not accuse her. That is the point of the pericope. Another way of looking at it, is the admonition of the Apostle Paul, who said that we should not be concerned with the mote in our brother’s and sister’s eye, when we have a beam in ours. The word in greek for beam, is something like a telephone pole size of lumber.
            Go back up to the sign above-they are condemning, and that is something straightforwardly that they can not do-again, see the story from John.

          • Corey krantz

            Yet, not all Americans are (or want to be) ‘Christians’

  • neworleans878

    That Jeebus really did love him some intolerance.

    “Let all those with sins throw the first stone”

    and my personal favorite:

    “Judge, lest you miss a chance to judge”

    • Corey krantz

      If you can’t say something nice….

      …come sit next to me.

  • Monty Gaither

    That sign goes along with that OLD TIME religion.

    • http://www.the-trades.com rjcarter

      In the temple of Aphrodite
      The priestess wears a see-thru nighty
      She’s a mighty righteous sightee
      And she’s good enough for me!

      • Billy Jackson

        In the dark
        Where all the fevers grow
        Under the water
        Where the shark bubbles blow
        In the mornin
        By yer radio
        Do the walls close in tsuffocate ya
        You aint got no friends . . .
        An all the others: they hate ya
        Does the life you been leadin gotta go?
        Well, let me straighten you out
        About a little russian restaurant I know . . .

        Out through the night
        An the whisperin breezes
        To the place where they keep
        The imaginary diseases

        • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

          Row row row your boat
          Gently down the stream
          Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
          Life is but a dream.

          • Billy Jackson

            You got stinkfoot, da-lin’
            Stinkfoot puts a hurt on your nose

      • http://www.the-trades.com rjcarter

        Let us worship Zarathustra
        Zarathustra like we use-ta
        I’m a Zarathustra boostah
        He’s good enough for me.

        Let us worship like the druids
        Dancing naked in the woods
        Drinking strange fermented fluids
        It’s good enough for me!

        • mea_mark

          Have you been spying on me?

        • http://www.thecosmicsurfer-rantingsofamadwoman.com/ Cosmic_Surfer

          Thus doth not spake Zarathustra

  • Billy Jackson

    The logical replacement for Roger Ebert. God says, “Baggers are hilarious with their made up nonsense about the shit I supposedly said.” Two Thumbs Up!”

    • tiredoftea

      Wait, wasn’t that Morgan Freeman?

  • fantagor

    Points for resisting the urge to use Comic San Self-Righteousness.

  • AnthonyLook

    TRANSLATION: Extremist fascist plutocratic worshipping theocratic fake christians that instead embrace (in their fake god’s name) – Racism, intolerance, prejudice, and bigotry.
    Real Christians (and others of different faith) say- NO.

  • Linda1961

    Message to Allen Thornburg: Clearly Michelle Grosse thinks that sign is a problem that needs to be fixed. BTW, just what is something you think that needs to be fixed? Intolerance, misrepresenting the words of Jesus and misrepresenting others’ ideals seems to be a problem that should be fixed. It seems to me that the perception of your town being intolerant is something any reasonable person would want fixed.

  • Steven Norman

    Hmmm…coexist? tolerance? What exactly is wrong with this? As for sexual perversion…North Carolina should look in the mirror sometime…

    • momatad

      They’d have to go find ‘Uncle Daddy’ and ask him to explain these here ‘perverts’ they want to run out of NC.

  • flora68

    Kinda ironic that people will pay good money to rent a sign proclaiming how incredibly hateful, backward and bigoted they are.

  • DoubleDogDiogenes

    Coexist? God says no? So..they plan to kill everyone not in their church? Tolerance? God says no? So they plan to kill everyone one not in their church? Oh. I said that already! Sexual Perversion? Gods says no? Please define that. Oh! Is that Phil from Duck Dynasty saying that perverted men should marry 14 and 15 years olds? Yes! We agree! That is perversion! 2 out 3 not bad.

  • Corey krantz

    all signs like that do, is prevent people from stopping, for lodging, food, gas….

  • hard2findu

    Freedom of religion is freedom from it.

  • v2787

    As much as I loathe the intent of this billboard (much as I loathe the Westboro Baptist Church’s hatemongering), I fully support the right to freedom of speech even when I don’t agree with it. Of course, I also claim the right to ignore and/or actively work against said speech. It goes both ways. Anyone with half a brain understands that the intent of the billboard is to foment hate against LGBT people. Bottom line: the people who paid for the billboard are bigots. Anyone who buys into the message of that billboard is also a bigot. Now let’s all go to work and do what we can to end bigotry, in whatever form we may find it.

  • bluesharp

    “People talk about history and things like slavery, genocide, and religious persecution as horrors that happened in the past because we were ignorant. But nothing’s changed.
    We still hate what we don’t understand.”
    ? J. Matthew Nespoli

    “The sad truth about bigotry is that most bigots either don’t realize that they are bigots,
    or they convince themselves that their bigotry is perfectly justified.”
    ? Wayne Gerard Trotman

    “…racist thought and action says far more about the person they come from
    than the person they are directed at.”
    ? Chris Crutcher, Whale Talk

    “Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence?
    We call it prejudice.”
    ? Michael Crichton

    “Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools,
    and those who dare not, are slaves.”
    ? George Gordon Byron

    “Someone has said that it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think.”
    ? Emma Goldman

    “When someone else’s safety and acceptance in society is on the line,
    your personal discomfort comes in a very distant second.”
    ? Courtney Milan