Apparently it’s not the sign’s underlying message of intolerance that has people confused … it’s the wording.
A church sign in Chesapeake, VA is causing a great deal of confusion and pure human angst right now, and from what we’ve found, it has people torn between taking offense and scratching their heads.
In front of the Taylor Road Baptist Church, the sign reads “Remember, Satan was the first to demand equal rights.”
The sign is a reference to the biblical passage Isaiah 14:12-17, but apparently it’s not the sign’s underlying message of intolerance that has people confused … it’s the wording.
“Well, what group are they talking about?” said Terri Young, who lives nearby. “Are they talking about the gay community? Are they talking about minorities? Are they talking about women?”
Right, so Virginians don’t mind the concept of associating equality with Satan … they’d just prefer there be a better specified target. Well there’s only so much room on the marquee, you backwards motherfuckers!
The church’s pastor, Mel Kunkel, said the message doesn’t target a specific group per se, just that it’s about how Satan tries to be equal with God.
Hmm … so perhaps “Satan was the first to demand equal rights” was a poor choice of words? Then again, rural Virginia isn't exactly known for talkin' pretty.
But despite the controversy the sign has caused and the comically poor wording moves, Kunkle (in all his righteous Southern baptist glory) refuses to take it down. Meanwhile, we're pretty sure 16,000 of our best brain cells just died. Stay in school, kids!