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Church billboard in Lexington, Ky., condemns homosexuality, abortion

Saturday, May 26, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Drivers in Lexington, Ky., have been caught by surprise by a new billboard condemning homosexuality and abortion using Old Testament references.

The billboard by the Bluegrass Church of Christ, an organization that appears to be based out of Georgetown, Ky., has upset several in the community for its hateful message, including resident Joe Groves, who is trying to have it removed with help from the Human Rights Commission.

Groves says he’s already contacted the Lexington mayor’s office and the Human Rights Commission, and, despite this being an issue of free speech, he wants the message taken down immediately, reported WLEX-TV.

The Kentucky Equality Federation called the billboard “a grandstanding attempt by a local church to divide Lexington’s community and to provide moral cover for discrimination, asserting that homosexuality is somehow anti-God and making a vague comparison of homosexuality to murder.”

While we respect the right to free speech, we condemn Bluegrass Church of Christ for leaving out other parts of the Bible, a practice known as “prooftexting” in some Christian circles. There are plenty of passages extolling good behavior, such as helping the widow and orphan, aiding the sick, and forgiving others.

Likewise, there are portions of the Bible which also contain stories of graphic violence and practices which we question today. For instance, there are plenty of passages which describe beating people to death with rocks for minor crimes, amputating limbs for petty offences, endorsing polygamy, allowing incest to go unpunished, and recommending genocide and repression of women and certain ethnic groups. Is the Bluegrass Church of Christ prepared to endorse these Bible passages?

Last year, the church put up a similar billboard about 600 miles south of Lexington, along Interstate 75 in Adel, Ga.

Daniel Moody, the Minister of Bluegrass Church of Christ, told WCTV-TV last November that he believes homosexuality is a sin, and his church is putting up the billboards throughout the region in hopes of converting people

“God said homosexuality is an abomination. Now my take on it is God said it very plain and I can always quote God and feel safe,” Moody said.

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  1. jesus christ, these people are holding onto leviticus like a dog with a chew toy.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:27pm
  2. thees peeple ar sooo messed up its just sad

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:29pm
  3. We should put the Gap billboard in front of it to hid this BS.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:30pm
  4. In condemning us they have condemned themselves.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:30pm
  5. kentucky sucks, they have nothing better to do down there than hate on the gays.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:30pm
  6. ignorance everywhere

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:32pm
  7. What do you expect from people who believe in supernatural sky gods

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:32pm
  8. Sky gods pretty much summed it up for me.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:34pm
  9. Oh get over it already!!!!We’re everywhere!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:35pm
  10. you can always block the view with a rainbow

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:36pm
  11. What about people that just do not share their beliefs? What about the non religious? Are they forced to believe like them? Shouldn’t there be freedom from religion too? Shouldn’t our government both state and federal be neutral on this or am I really confused?

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:38pm
  12. abortion is murder, and homosexuality is an abomination huh?
    then englighten me, what do you guys think of all the tortures techniques that the church created?
    anyways what right do you guys have to judge someone like you’re a god, the only one that can judge is god, alah or budah (whatever the person believes in)
    argh this is why i dislike church

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:39pm
  13. Isn’t it supposed to be a sin to make a spectacle of your faith?

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:55pm
  14. They all pick and choose the anti-gay passages while eating shrimp and then playing football. Fuckers are a waste of air!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 7:01pm
  15. Leviticus also says don’t cut your hair. Cherry-picking mofos

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 7:09pm
  16. Daniel Moody, the Minister of the church seems to forget that Bible was written by the hands of MAN well over thousands of years ago.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 7:10pm
  17. Okay, please don’t loop those of us from Kentucky into a group. Not everyone, in fact the majority, do not think or feel that way. Even as someone who is not homosexual, things like this anger me. I am a Christian and proud to be but the spectacle is not Christian, in any definition of the term. Christ said “He who is without sin, cast the first stone” and God knows people could throw plenty my way. I find it funny that the rest of Leviticus 18 is not mentioned on the billboard. Most of the chapter actually focuses on how molestation and incest are an abomination in the eyes of God. There is also mention of adultery being an abomination in the eyes of God, sodomy (yes between a man and woman) is an abomination in the eyes of God. Bestiality is an abomination in the eyes of God. Yet these are never quoted. I understand that people that think and feel that way are upsetting but please don’t loop an entire population of a state in with them or a religious sect. Some of us remember that regardless of what is stated in the Old Testament, Christ created a new covenant in the New Testament and Christ taught love and acceptance. Not to mention that it contains the bible verse that bites everyone who agrees with the narrowminded individuals mentioned above right in the ass. “Judge not lest ye be judged, for in the way you judge others is how I shall judge you”. Simply put, God says unless you want me to treat you like that, don’t do it to other people. They’ll figure it out sooner or later.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 7:24pm
  18. They need one that comments on cheating and diviorce; but then that would require looking in the mirror; where they would find a huge plank in their own eye.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 7:28pm
  19. Thats bull. If it really were an abombanation than the big man upstairs wouldnt have made us individually. I mean come on we all bleed red. We all have our opinion but this one is mine.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 7:37pm
  20. And so many priests molest children with no accountability!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 7:58pm
  21. As far as I know, the word “homosexuality” isn’t even in the Bible! Doof.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 8:04pm
  22. LOVE~it should be about LOVE!

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 8:11pm
  23. “Who has less abortions than homosexuals? ”

    -George Carlin

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 8:26pm
  24. They are so sicko! GOD love everyone!!!! Not ONLY STR8! Give me a break! Remember that! Dont be JUDGE anyone! ONLY GOD judge them! Praise The Higher LORD!!!! I am gay and GOD love me so much as like Jesus!!!! WE are sinner PERIOD!!! No matter what is!!!!! AS long pray and read bible!!! That is all!!! Peace mind always!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 8:29pm
  25. That’s why I stopped go to church since I was 17 and I don’t trust these false pastors n false church. Sad in southern states more racism and homophobia.

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 8:30pm
  26. “[The billboards were put up] in an attempt to convert people.” Yes, hatred and condemnation using the same arguments and quotes everyone’s heard will make people want to join. Flawless logic!

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 9:39pm
  27. they are so homophobic. i thought jesus dais judge not yest ye be judged. dont see them following that

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 9:40pm
  28. Well said Natasha

    Posted on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 10:40pm
  29. some of us are atheist…some of us agnostic…imagine that! not everyone is a Christian!

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 1:50am
  30. love Jesus, but I hate how they can take rules from the Bible so seriously.

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 5:59am
  31. Remember, folks. Hate-filled pews can only hurt you if you too believe that an invisible genocidal tribal Jewish deity actually exists.

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 6:31am
  32. Don’t sit in the congregation of a church that preaches hate. God, through Jesus, preached love, not hate. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but don’t let a man stand in the pulpit and reach hate. He is only hiding behind his robes to preach what he wants you to believe. He will stand before God sometime and try to explain why he preached hate and not love and forgiveness.

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 8:51am
  33. Michael, no one follows that rule anymore. And its sad that they use the bible to spread hatred against Gays and lesbians instead of love.

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 9:45am
  34. I don’t think the Bible even says this

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 11:31am
  35. eating shrimp and clams is too…oh my,my

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 11:33am
  36. To me, that is inciting a hate-crime, not free speech.

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 11:34am
  37. This is people taking their religion seriously.
    You decide if that’s a good thing.

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 11:35am
  38. U know I can’t eveN get upset.. I just fill sorry for these STUIPD PEOPLE… ;,)~

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 11:43am
  39. Do they not also sell bright red paint in Lexington and do not people have strong arms to throw it??

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 11:44am
  40. that billboard would drive more people away! “damn this church is filled with hatred and is attempting to use scare tactics to get more members since they get free toaster oven for each recruits”

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 11:46am
  41. Its just a book nothing in it is real. They say that there was 2 people that populated the world. Eww incest. I might sleep with a man but a least its not with my brother

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 11:56am
  42. gays and lesbians should have the same rights as everybody else,becuz marriage is based on love,trust,and loyality

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 12:22pm
  43. I live here and see this hate everyday! This combined with the hand on original Tahiti debacle for the GLSO service organization, what a place to call home! Now help us change it, please!

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 12:35pm
  44. See.. not all of the whackos are in North Carolina.

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 1:18pm
  45. That is disgusting.
    I love how these religious types pick and choose parts if the Bible to arm their argument.

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 1:32pm
  46. I think this guy says it well enough for me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mfl01HnUrU

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 1:33pm
  47. Sheer Stupidity!

    Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 2:01pm