A billboard in Portland, Tennessee is taking on gay marriage in the United States by quoting the Bible. But it’s the second half of the message that has created some discussion over the billboard’s message.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson is calling the AIDS virus a possible “penalty” for homosexuality and other “immoral conduct.” LGBT activist Masha Gessen also claimed that “gay marriage is a lie” and that “fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we’re going to do with marriage when we get there. It’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist.”
The anti-gay billboard quotes the Old Testament of the Bible, specifically Leviticus 18:22, which says, “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination.” The second half of the billboard also reminds Christians to “love the sinner, hate the sin.” It’s claimed that some Christians are speaking out, saying it sheds a bad light on Christianity.
The man behind the anti-gay billboard is a Vietnam veteran named Ronnie Monday. He commissioned the billboard’s message and so far donations from his friends have had the billboard standing for four months. Although the billboard has been controversial, residents have let it stand and the contract on the billboard was recently renewed for another six months.
Mr. Monday also explained the reason for why he created the billboard in the first place.
“When the president came out and indicated that he thought that gay marriage was OK, that was pretty much the last straw. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. And he says it’s wrong. And in my opinion, that’s what it is, it’s wrong.”
Chris Sanders, executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project, does not support the message of the billboard, but he does support Monday’s right to free speech.
“It’s a free country. The man has the right to put it up there. We’re not questioning that; we’re questioning whether it’s the right message. We hate to see anything in a community that encourages that kind of divisiveness, picking on people.”
Others believe that highlighting the sin of homosexuality above the others listed in the Bible is not a good idea. Ashley Alderson gave a statement to WZTZ-TV.
“I was infuriated. It’s pretty cruel to single out one group of sinners. I wouldn’t want my sins posted on a billboard. That’s the way I look at it.”
What do you think about the billboard’s message about sin, homosexuality, gay marriage, the Bible, and love?