I kissed a girl and I liked it.
Those lyrics have made Katy Perry's pop song a big hit on the radio.
But when a local church put the song lyrics on its marquee -- followed by the words then I went to hell -- some people got angry.
People driving by Havens Corners Church in Blacklick yesterday morning noticed the sign, aimed to warn people about what the church says is the sin of homosexuality.
"It's not something that is really a shock if you're a scriptural person," said the Rev. Dave Allison, pastor of the 100-member church at Havens Corners and Reynoldsburg-New Albany roads. "We meant that as a loving warning to teens. … The Scriptures tell us that you should not do what the song tells you to do. The Scriptures are not ambiguous on this issue."
Lynne Bowman, director of Equality Ohio, a gay and transgender advocacy group, said every church has a right to its beliefs. Havens Corners has made it clear to everyone who drives by that it is not a welcoming place that accepts all people, she said.
I personally am not a big fan of church signs that do anything more than inform of lead staff, events, and maybe the upcoming message if it's actually descriptive of the content to be delivered (as opposed to a snappy hook).
Read more here.
-If you were new to the area and looking for a church, would you consider this one based on the sign? Why/why not?
-Should the church accept any and all people in it's doors?
-Does the spirit of the sign convey a "loving warning"?