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Church's anti-gay sign vandalized

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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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pervert clergy

I think they should be more concerned with the clergy that pery on innocent little boys. I guess thats not a problem with this group. Hows that worken for the church.

Would this even be a story.....

If it were a mosque with a similar sign/message? The "religion of peach" doesn't just condemn homosexuality. They kill them, sometimes by stoning. Just sayin'.........

I've been an atheist for as long as I can remember...

but I'll admit that Christians make for easy, PC-friendly targets when the left wants to get all riled up. If this had been a mosque, it would not be a story - it wouldn't have even made for hushed dinner party conversation. If this had been a mosque, these pampered, largely UNCW based, protesters sure as heck wouldn't have been protesting in front of it! One things for sure, NOBODY associated with the opposition would have had the guts to damage their sign! I'll give that to the Muslims, they command respect.

the sign didn't say "turn or

the sign didn't say "turn or burn", the people that took offense said it!! the Church has every right to voice that homosexuality is a sin, just like you have the right to your "gay" march and parades!! get over it!

You're wrong

The sign DID say "turn or burn". The Pastor admiitted to it and changed it. Know what your talking about before you open your mouth and make an a** of yourself.

You've got to love free

You've got to love free speech. Just don't let it affect you, then it should be squashed. Wonderful how libs have their own rules.

Not your place

It is not any church's place to publicly go against anyone for anything. Standing on street corners against abortion or putting up signs against gays. . . wrong! Politics don't belong in church either. The church is not going to change gays or women who decide, within their rights, what to do with their bodies. Keep your sermons inside and if you think it is appropriate and necessary, pray for those whom you think are wrong but it is not something you should go public with. You are totally out of line with this behavior. I actually quit a church I loved because they became radical and started trying to take on issues that were out of line. Educate yourselves on gays. It's not a choice they make.


Interesting.....You said....."It is not any church's place to publicly go against anyone for anything" I will agree with the terminology "go against" however it IS the purpose of the church to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is the Bible, the word of God. The "church" as exemplified in the Bible really is NOT contained within 4 walls of a building. God commissions His people to "spread the good news from nation to nation." The Bible clearly states that homosexuality is a sin. There is no question about that. God destroyed an entire city because of sexual immorality in the Bible. It is absolutely the purpose of the church to "go public" with its message. In this situation, I do agree that the terminology "turn or burn" may be offensive and is not terminology I would have used. However, the Bible is very clear on sexual immorality. Heteroexual immorality is sinful. The Bible states sex is for marriage between a man and a woman. Therefore, ANY sex outside of marriage btwn a man and a woman is a sin-as defined by the Bible. It says in Leviticus 18:22 "You must not have sexual intercourse with a male as one has sexual intercourse with a woman; it is a detestable act." Also, Leviticus 20:13 "If a man has sexual intercourse with a male as one has sexual intercourse with a woman, the two of them have committed an abomination. They must be put to death; their blood guilt is on themselves." I don't know how it could be anymore clear===that is straight from the Bible. Either you believe the Bible or you dont, but I do. Having sex with anyone of the same sex/gender is wrong. It IS a sin. Having said all that, I totally agree with "hate the sin but love the person." You can state your belief on what sin is AND show love to the person you believe is the sinner. Love is the greatest commandment and should be shown at all times.

not your place

Are you for real?The purpose of the church is to bring the word of GOD to the masses,not hide inside a room.As for it not being a choice,thats just a perverted mind trying to justify a behavior they know is wrong.EDUCATE YOURSELF.

Americans, even Christians, are guaranteed the freedom of speech

The Great Commission as given by Jesus Christ was for His followers to "go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

Do homosexuals keep their beliefs to themselves? No. We are inundated with it on television. There are gay pride parades and other things they do to make their beliefs known. Christians are constantly called haters because they believe the homosexual lifestyle to be a sin. So why are Christians the only ones who are not allowed to say what they believe? Most Christians I know hate the sin, but love the sinner because the Bible says that we are to love everybody.

"Not your Place"

"It is not any church's place to publicly go against anyone for anything". OH REALLY!

What would you suggest the church do? Maybe meet one hour on Sunday and talk among ourselves while the world falls apart around us? How silly and immoral that would be?

If your neighbors house is ablaze --would you just sit in your house and pretend not to notice because it isn't your place to tell them they are one fire?

"All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." I guess that's your point..

It is simple. Read the

It is simple. Read the Bible. It provides all the answers.

You can tell all those

You can tell all those commenting here are not Christians. God loves everyone, he hates sin. In God's eyes homosexuality is a sin. The price of sin is death. Death in sin lands you in one place, Hell. Therefore the sign's message "turn or burn" is simply saying "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 that 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 the 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 in heaven.

Yet another

Yet another who has not read the Bible.

Turn or Burn?

Homosexuality may not be a choice. It is however a choice to act upon the feelings, it is a choice to have gay sex, it is a choice to live an immoral and unnatural lifestyle.
Whether you believe in burning in hell or not is irrelevant. Like it or not, it is not hatred that states you are immoral and sinful, it is the laws of Christianity. Just like the rest of your homosexual supporters the leftist liberals, you throw tantrums and cry when you cannot have your way.
Homosexuality is unnatural. the human race cannot exist, you cannot reproduce if you act upon gay tendencies.
I do not hate gay people, I do not practice predjudice against gay people, I try and tolerate gay people. If you cannot see the fact that homosexuality is a flaw, a chemical inbalance, a brain wire crossed, an unnatural state of mind, then I do not know what to say.
Homosexuality is not normal, period.
God gave us free will. With free will you can choose to love God or not. With free will you can choose to act upon unnatural feelings or not. You cannot choose which laws to follow and not expect to pay the consequences for those YOU DECIDE to break!!!


You said...."It is however a choice to act upon the feelings, it is a choice to have gay sex." ABSOLUTELY! EXCELLENT POINT! There is a difference between having homosexual tendencies/desires and participating in homosexual acts. Homosexuality is definitely a sin according to the Bible. Each person, Christian or not, has weakness and temptations. Some may be tempted to use drugs; some may be tempted to have lots of heterosexual sex, etc.... Every person has something they naturally gravitate to. The KEY in this is the CHOICE to act upon it. If a person is an alcoholic, its because they chose to drink and drink A LOT. If a person weighs 800 pounds, that person is obviously tempted to eat and eat a lot, but he made the CHOICE to be severely obese. Temptations, desires, natural tendencies, etc.... are present in every person....its how we act on those that matters.

turn or burn


This article

God made everyone. Simple as that. Reading the Bible doesn't have anything to do with something that has been medically proven to exist. A chemical imbalance is not a choice. I didn't ask for that to happen to my daughter but it did. To look at her you would think she is a boy. She didn't ask for that. God made her that way. Lifestyle...who cares. Live and let live. We are made in the image God wanted us to be made in. Hate should never be an issue but unfortunately it is. People hate anything different: people of color, people from other countries, people with disabilities. It is a shame that we cannot just love each other but that will never happen. I feel sorry for those that cannot just let go of pettiness and get along.

Most Christians around here don't know the meaning of ChristLike

I am really upset about the choices for the opinion "poll" posted about this. Where is the answer "No it was not a "Christian" thing to do?

Sign against gays

Our family is Christian and I can tell you that is a church we would never join. How can the members of that church count themselves as followers of Christ? Anyone who would put up a sign like that needs to refresh themselves on what the two greatest commandments are.

Big Question, "...what the two greatest Commandments are."???

I'm a little lost here. So...what ARE the two "greatest Commandments" that you speak of? I was taught that there are TEN Commandments and that they are all great. You may be the one that needs a bit of "refreshing". It's sort of funny with you "New Age" religious people. You can turn one area of the Bible against other areas, make rules, kill rules, have halfway rules, or no rules at all depending on how you read it, when you read it, how you interpret it and most you PRACTICE it and even then, when it is convenient for you.

The 10 Commandments are the basic rules of life that one should do their best to live by, none of them are of ANY greater or lesser importance than the other.

The 2 Greatest Commandments, per Jesus.

From Matthew 22:
34) Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35) One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36) “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37) Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38) This is the first and greatest commandment. 39) And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40) All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

One of the Pharisees tested

One of the Pharisees tested Jesus with a question, "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" (Matthew 22:36). Jesus replied, " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments" (Matthew 22:37-40). This is what the post was referring to, I do believe.

I am glad that the hateful

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.


Thats right ,praise the criminal who broke the sign.You are a twisted and perverse individual.If your "lifestyle" is so normal then why would you people be driven to despair and suicide.....because inside your soul you know its WRONG!!!!!


THANK YOU for proving my funny it is for those to be calling for justice and tolerance...HAVE NONE! Christians have a RIGHT to post up whatever they like...just like you have a right to put gay slogans on your signs in parades...where everyone sees them. You don't have a RIGHT to be NOT offended...

Clean up your own backyard

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.


Whether you like it or not.. it is freedom of speech! Gay's don't mind expressing the way that they feel..whether you want to see it or your children to see it. But, we are to accept their lifestyle! That is what is wrong with the world today.. We have accepted to much and now we are paying for it.. If you believe in the bible, God clearly tells you how he feels about that kind of lifestyle (It's an abomination unto God)... Just read about Sodom, Gomorrah. Yes, God does love the sinner.. But, he hates the sin. You can't live like Hell and expect to go to heaven.

More sinners to "burn"

Why stop at the homosexuals? The Bible also says eating pork is a sin! BURN THE BARBECUE EATERS!

It does not, however,...

...identify eating pork as "an abomination in the sight of the Lord."

That honor is reserved for a man lying with a man.

I'm thinking that since MALE homosexuality is resoundingly condemned in the Old and New Testament, that the Lesbians should make a clean break and join forces with the Christian churches that claim Gays are going to burn in hell. The Bible is mute on Lesbianism, as far as I recall.

Lesbians might be able to legimately claim that "Yeah, those gay guys with those nasty pokey things are going to burn in hell. We, on the other hand, are children of God...."