Virginia Church Links Equal Rights To Satan

A church sign in Virginia is causing a lot of people to do a double take. The sign appears to link Satan with equal rights and it has some people fuming.

"I was frustrated and angry at the time," Terri Young said.

Taylor Road is a busy road, but a church sign statement has some drivers doing a double take.

"When I drove by it, I wasn't sure I read it right. So I did a u-turn," Young said.

She read it right. The sign in front of Taylor Road Baptist Church in Chesapeake reads, "Remember, Satan was the first to demand equal rights."

The thought is in reference to Isaiah chapter 14, verses 12 through 17 in the bible. But it's the words that have some residents and commuters confused. Satan. Equal rights.

"Well what group are they talking about? Are they talking about the gay community, are they talking about minorities, are they talking about women? But any of them, it's dogma over humanity, is all I kept thinking how ridiculous it was to put something like that there," said Young.

Pastor Mel Kunkle he didn't want to do an interview, but said the message doesn't target a specific group. He said it's about evil, referencing Satan trying to be equal with God. And he stands up for what scripture says.

Kunkle said he understands people are offended but added the sign is meant to make people think.

"I mean, what is that teaching children then? It's not okay to ask for equal rights? If you do, and someone else thinks you shouldn't have them. That you equal Satan? I don't get it," Young said.

The pastor says the sign has been up since Sunday.


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