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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An anti-gay sign outside of a Wilmington church resulted in a protest Sunday morning. The message, which had been up since last week instructed gays to ‘turn or burn’

“It’s kind of like salt in a wound,” said Tammy Heuring, the wife of the Seagate Community Chapel pastor. “However, salt does heal a wound. It just hurts really bad at first.”

The Seagate Community Chapel off of Oleander drive put up a controversial sign which read “God loves gays but hates perverted lives, turn or burn’

“Without having the space, the person who does the sign used the most concise wording that they could,” said Pastor David Heuring. “Was that the best wording possible? I don’t think so.”

The sign has since been vandalized. On Sunday morning a heart was spray painted over it and all that was left was the phrase ‘god loves gays.’ Church members then added ‘but he hates sin.’

Wilmington Pride, an area organization that supports homosexuals wanted to do something about the message they called hateful.

“Do you know how many kids go past here,” said TR Nunley, president of Wilmington Pride. “They might be struggling with their sexuality and see that and at the least they would feel bad about themselves and at the most maybe they would attempt suicide or something.”

The group organized a peaceful protest across the street from Seagate.

“We had a lot of dialogue,” said Pastor David Heuring. “We were probably over there for half an hour or so passing out drinks and talking with them.”

Pastor Heuring says the ‘turn or burn’ sign is the first in a series of signs they will be putting up about different types of sinners.

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  • Perry Mann

    The same word (abomination) is used for man on man relations and eating shell fish in Leviticus. So as soon as the Pride Parade is over, let’s go picket the house of great abominations–Red Lobster.

    Anyone Interested?

  • God LOVES you ALL!! But there’s no miracle if you want to have eternal life, you must follow Him and live a Godly life. “Turn before it is too late.”

  • Guest

    yes but who wrote down the word of God? MAN. Man is faliable! Man has translated the word of GOD into many different languages so how do we know that with our limited understanding of GOD and GOD’s wisdom we have gotten it right. My favorite phrase from the Bible is “judge not, least ye be judged” I plan on leaving that to GOD! I will love my neighbor as myself and leave judgement to GOD who is so much smarter and wiser than I.

  • TR Nunley

    My name is TR Nunley and I am the President of Wilmington Pride. If you want to get involved with improving the GLBTQIA community and stand up for people’s please email me at wilmingtonpride@gmail.com.

    AS for the sign, my sympathy goes out to the church for someone destroying their sign. I was one the last person to leave the protest and the sign was fine when I left. When I returned to the site at 6:00 to do an interview with wway.com, it was destroyed. We have no idea who would do this kind of thing and do not condone the actions of this person. It also takes away for the peaceful action that we were striving for.

    Wilmington Pride’s mission statement: We are dedicated to supporting individual and community development through social and educational activities, raise awareness, promote equality, facilitate supportive services and groups, identify needs and advocate for resources benefiting the diverse population of GLBTQIA in the Cape Fear region.


  • Guest

    I know quite precisely what I’m talking about. Regardless of whatever theological mumbo-jumbo the Baptists and other sects have come up with to enable their consumption of pork, either the Bible is the literal word of God or it isn’t. Period. If the endlessly quoted, “Thou shalt not lie with a man as with a woman..” is the literal word of God, then so are the very numerous references to pork as an abomination. Of course, this had to be diddled around with because otherwise Gentiles wouldn’t have converted to Christianity. But we can still claim that the first quote is the literal word of God and beat up on gay people because, heck, they’re only 2%-3% of the population and we can get away with it and feel holy about it, too. But Lord, Lord, don’t take away our BBQ pork!!! And we men don’t want anyone cutting a piece of THAT off, so we’ll explain that God didn’t really mean it about circumcision, either. At least not for us, anyway. Phew!!

  • Guest7969

    ya what…read the Bible from cover to cover…then come back and let me know what you have learned about unclean animals and why Baptist don’t believe certain animals are considered unclean anymore…until then don’t act like you know what your talking about.

  • Guest11221

    You could not have said it any better. I know a lot of ?Christian? people that lie, steal, etc., etc.

  • Guest

    It could very well have been a fundamentalist Christian in order to discredit PRIDE and garner support for their bigotry.

  • el.train

    after what i consider an amazing turnout of a large group of concerned citizens taking a peaceful, yet passionate stand for a great cause, it seems that somebody has taken the low road in the destruction of private property in an effort of retaliation against something offensive. as americans, we should be able to pride ourselves in the rights that we have. freedom of speech and the right to PEACEABLY assemble to share our disagreements with one another. the sign that was put out by the seagate community chapel was a very blatant and obviously offensive message. when we stood together yesterday to share our message of LOVE and acceptance it felt like we actually made some progress and were able to have some great conversations with members of the church as well as people that share our own views. the destruction of the church’s sign is more offensive to me than what was written on the sign. this is an embarrassment and a disgrace to our entire community. i hope that the actions of few will not be recognized more than the congregation of many. i am disappointed, but i am proud and very happy that we all came together to stand for what we believe in.

  • Guest3130

    I didn’t see anywhere (on-air or newspaper) that absolutely identified the destructive person as being on one side or the other of this matter, so why is everyone ASS-uming it was a gay protester???

  • Guest008

    I believe the sign read “GOD LOVES GAYS BUT HATES PERVERTED LIFE STYLES,TURN OR BURN” not perverted lies. That said, if they are referring to what people do in their bedroom then there is a bunch of people, straight and gay, who has a preverted life style including most of the posters on here, even if your a “staunch heterosexual”.

  • It’s pretty obvious that you are not a Christian, because there is something you seem to be confused about. A true Christian believes the Bible to be what it is…the Word of God. Period. It is the hypocrites who choose the versus of convenience. God sees homosexuality as an abomination. Those are not my words…they are God’s words. It is absolutely wrong for you and others like you to judge Christians. You make negative comments based on something you know nothing about. A true Christian is not haughty or judgemental. A true Christian is following the word of God.

  • Guest

    Well, Phillyguy, you don’t have to be a biblical scholar to know that God does not approve of eating pork: the bible says it’s unclean, and the people who eat it are filthy abominations. So when is the church going to put up a “turn or burn” sign for ham, bacon and BBQ ribs?

  • Guest

    This e-mail was forwarded to me by a very special person in my life and is applicable to many situations, all who condemn and hate for any reason should take a moment to contemplate the reasons why.

    If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
    –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Most of us make trouble for ourselves by over-reacting to what others say or do. We have conditioned ourselves to see everyone else as “the enemy” rather than look within ourselves for the real cause of our distress.

    If we can pause long enough to uncover our own hidden discomfort and distorted attitudes before we react with harsh criticism or vindictive silence, we can change our destructive first impulses into a loving interchange between individuals.

    Today let me not be quick to criticize or condemn another. I will look at others as friends, not as foes, on my journey toward self-discovery.


  • Clevenative

    I thought I was getting hot because it was August. Now I know better.

  • Guestu

    Most Christians pick and choose Bible versus based on their own preconceived beliefs and what’s convenient for their lives. Only a very few will accept the Bible as all true. I’m not trying to minimize the pain and suffering that gay people experience, I just have a hard time seeing people get so upset from the comments and beliefs of complete hypocrites.

    And to the moron who smashed the sign, congratulations you just undermined any positive message the protesters were trying to convey.

  • phillyguy

    I read the message as while God loves gays, he does not approve perverted actions. Now I don’t claim to be a biblical scholar, I read as if two men, women want to maintain a house or sit on the beach and watch a sunrise, God probably does not care. However a straight, gay or anybody doing something like trying to pick up someone underage on say Craigslist and offering money for services or a teacher having relationship with a student, a different can of worms. As far as property destruction, it was uncalled for. I protested by going to my church and hearing the word.

  • Charles Walters

    First of all I was raised in church, and I do believe in god. I also refuse to go to church anymore, because of all the intolerant bigots that the church is full of today. The organized Christian religion has become the laughing stock of the worlds major religions. You have the idiots in the church who instead of practicing love and tolerance, practice hatred and bigotry. I have seen people in the church that think the louder they yell in a persons face about how evil and wrong they are, the more they think that person will change. You have church leaders that preach about forgiveness and sin that are closet homosexual themselves, but the preach that being gay is evil and a sin. I just want to know who gave the Seagate Community Chapel the right to be judge of anyone? For those who destroyed the sign two wrongs do not make a right. Do not give people like this any thing they can use to say, look what they did. Leave them to waller in their own misery. That is more punishment than you could ever give them.

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