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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington church’s sign is still making news. Seagate Community Chapel’s sign has been making waves since last week when it was first posted. Now, the sign is in pieces, and police are looking for who’s to blame.

The sign warning homosexuals to “turn or burn” was peacefully protested Sunday morning and broken Sunday night.

The sign at Seagate Community Chapel in Wilmington usually welcomes folks into the church. But it’s been the focus of protests for an anti-gay message, which led to vandalism over the weekend.

Rachel Clary attended the peaceful protest Sunday morning. She says she never thought things would go this far.

“It was really, really disappointing,” Clary said. “We felt that it kind of took away from the entire message that we were trying to put out there like respond to this message of hate with a message of love and peace, and for someone to decide to completely really undermine that and not join with us but instead try to get that message out in a violent way, we felt that was completely inappropriate.”

Clary says she was offended by the sign, and she says she is not alone, but she cannot believe that it was destroyed. She says the protestors’ interaction with the church was non-confrontational, and that’s exactly what they had planned.

“We just wanted to send a peaceful message,” Clary said. “Everyone was really on board with that from the very beginning.”

Wilmington Pride president T.R. Nunley says ever since Nunley first found out about the sign, Nunley knew something had to be done, but Nunley never thought it would be criminal.

“We absolutely knew we needed to do something, but we didn’t want it to be that kind of violence,” Nunley said.

Nunley says, if anything, this sign just proves that there is still more work to be done to gain equality. Nunley says that Seagate Community Chapel may think homosexuals must turn or burn, but Nunley does not agree.

“They had their message, and we have ours,” she said. “You know, being gay is OK.”

We tried to contact Seagate Community Chapel this afternoon to get their take on the vandalism, but we not heard back.

The Wilmington Police Department says it is looking into the crime.

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87 Comments on "Church’s anti-gay sign vandalized"

2015 years 10 months ago

NONE of those are called out as “an abomination” save for a man lying with a man. They may be prohibited, but they are not singled out as abominations.

Smile God love you
2015 years 10 months ago

You can tell those commenting on here are not Christians. God loves everyone, he hates sin. The price of sin is death. Death in sin lands you in one place, hell. Therefore the sign’s message turn or burn means repent or spend eternity in hell. And yes non-believers will comment on this post and bash Christianity and bash God. For those people I pray every night tha God will find his way into your heart so that you may see the love God has for us all. But again, we can’t take that love and spend our lives the way we want to. We are to abide by God’s word and follow his laws in order to spend eternity on heaven.

2015 years 10 months ago

Yet another who has not read the Bible.

Not Gay
2015 years 10 months ago

Why don’t the church focus on the christian family values and get them fixed first before moving on to other issues? There is currently a 35% divorce rate among non denominational so called christians. Baptist are 29%. And the church is going to focus on gay and lesbian relationships? The bible says God see’s sin as sin. Not a degree of sin. Gay and lesbians are no more sinners than the lying, gossiping little on lady that warms the pew every Sunday. ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD. Do the christian community a favor and quit being a hippocrate. Remember when you point your finger at someone you have 3 pointing back at you. Try it. God Bless.

2015 years 10 months ago

I am glad that the hateful sign was destroyed. These bigots practice spiritual terrorism against gay people. It is time to fight back. Whoever did it, bravo. I hope you’re not caught. You destroyed a sign, the bigots destroy people’s souls. I wonder how many people they have driven to despair and suicide.


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