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People fuming over church sign connecting Satan with equal rights

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- A church sign in Virginia has caused a lot of people to look twice.

The sign appears to link Satan with equal rights, and it has some people fuming.

Taylor Road is a busy road through Chesapeake but that hasn’t stopped some people from taking U-turns when they saw the sign out front the Taylor Road Baptist Church.

"I was frustrated and angry at the time,” said Terri Young. "When I drove by it, I wasn't sure I read it right. So I did a U-turn."

She read it right. The sign reads, "Remember, Satan was the first to demand equal rights."

satan sign

Credit: WTVR

"It's a good place to put things,” said one man. “But put the right thing. Not the wrong thing."

The expression references Isaiah chapter 14, verses 12 through 17, in the Bible.

But it's the words that have some residents and commuters confused, which position Satan and equal rights together.

People who live nearby are unsure what “equal rights groups” they are 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."

Pastor Mel Kunkle didn't want to do an interview. But he would say that 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 said.

"I’m a church going person. I know what Satan does. He's not no good, that's one thing for sure,” said one church goes. “But I wouldn't put it on the side of the road to upset people's feelings about what's put on a sign."

Kunkle said he understands people are offended. But added the sign is meant to make people think. And it is certainly starting some discussion.

"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,” said Young.

The pastor said the sign has been up since Sunday.

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  • tootietuttle

    I was hoping to see people fuming…like all red in the face with smoke and flames coming out of their ears. How disappointing.

  • Chester Roberts

    Typical Baptists… Why be surprised? Pigs will be pigs, roaches will be roaches and Baptists will be Baptists… they spread hate… it is what they do…

    Go through and read newspaper articles from each of these times. See what THEY said and taught. don’t just believe me, do the research yourself. Educate yourself and see history:

    Baptists fought the ending of slavery
    Baptists fought giving women the right to vote
    Baptists fought giving blacks the right to vote
    Baptists fought segregation…

    Baptists fight ALL equal rights issues

  • Tami Varney

    WEEEEELL…. i dont like it either… it is TOO mixed of a message… also, this guy says this, that pisses me off, and I believe he said it this way ON PURPOSE … ” I know what Satan does. He’s not no good, that’s one thing for sure,” …. it’s the… He’s ‘NOT NO GOOD’ part that riles me… its a double negative and he’s saying satan IS good….. learn proper english or dont speak…. BECAUSE I DONT KNOW WHAT SIDE OF THE FENCE HE’S ON!!

  • Robert Moreland

    This Pastor fails to understand that the Golden Rule (Do unto others as you have done unto you) is the divine equivalent of an equal rights statement. Mark 12:31 – And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Matthew 7:12 The Golden Rule “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets”.

  • Festus Haggan

    Don’t you folks at Fox New have something anything to say that is at all newsworthy. Or are you the voice of the anti-christ! I can’t stand FOX news.