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Posted on Apr 22, 2008
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A TV reporter near the controversial sign in Jonesville, S.C.

Pastor Roger Boyd claims he just wanted to get folks thinking last Thursday when he chose a controversial message to run on the sign in front of the Jonesville Church of God in Jonesville, S.C.: “OBAMA OSAMA HUMM ARE THEY BROTHERS?” 


WYFF4.com:

Byrd said that the message wasn’t meant to be racial or political.

“It’s simply to cause people to realize and to see what possibly could happen if we were to get someone in there that does not believe in Jesus Christ,” he said.

When asked if he believes that Barack Obama is Muslim, Byrd said, “I don’t know. See it asks a question: Are they brothers? In other words, is he Muslim ? I don’t know. He says he’s not. I hope he’s not. But I don’t know. And it’s just something to try to stir people’s minds. It was never intended to hurt feelings or to offend anybody.”

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By Jodi Odom, November 19, 2008 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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This pastor has the same rights as everyone else in America..free speech. Why can the Muslims march in the streets of the world saying they will behead all who are against Muslims etc..but this man gets so much grief for stating the TRUTH by the way. What is wrong with America??? Does NO ONE remember the horror of 9/11?? Obama IS a muslim..was educated in a Muslim school. Since when is America sympathetic with terrorists?? Amen preacher..keep it up..it is your right.

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By boggs, April 25, 2008 at 1:29 pm Link to this comment

I have only one word to describe the pastor Boyd. IGNORANT….

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By SoccerGuy, April 23, 2008 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment

This used to be a great nation.  Not any more.

But, people like you who cling to religion like junkies cling to drugs are the reason we are now a nation on the slide.  Christians in the US are the most intolerable bunch I have ever seen.  Fake Christians like George Bush are the leaders of the blundering Christian crusaders doing everything and anything in the name of God….

Lately I am embarrassed to be from the US. The educated enlightened people of the world are laughing at us.  All we have is the biggest military and dorkiest leader. 

We will go the way of Rome and “God” will do nothing to stop it.  Just wait and see. 

Liberals, conservative, libertarians…. who give a shit what label you use.  I personally now liberal Christians and conservative atheists.  I personally know republicans who believe in abortion and democrats that are against abortion!  How does that figure in to you’re your religion induced vision of liberals and conservatives?  Figure that one out you braniac.

Sincerely,

Proud to be an American, but lately very embarrassed to be an American.

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By PatrickHenry, April 23, 2008 at 2:15 pm Link to this comment

Dude, get an education.

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By Stephen T. Colbert Jr., April 23, 2008 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment
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Wait until these retarded people find out that Muslims also revere Jesus Christ as a great prophet and that both religions worship the exact same God.

Maybe you will understand it this way…
Wow…you mean you can cheer for Dale Jr. AND Jeff Gordon too!?!?!?!?!

Religion…causing mindless idiots and zealots to fight each other since its invention…“my imaginary disembodied entity is better than your imaginary disembodied entity”...so now I must discount, berate, slag, disparage, shoot, maim, kill, or at the very least…vote against you and your candidate.

I for one welcome the Atheist revolution…America is dead already

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By Outraged, April 23, 2008 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

Re: Robert

This IS how to connect with them.  Your assertion that they can’t listen to reason or something in their own self interest only serves to enhance the fear mongering and pandering to extremists, which we’ve seen all too much of.  Remember, the right-wingers CHEATED to win, people didn’t VOTE them in!  They saw the writing on the wall.

My premise:  “Do moderate Christians want to be a part of this group?  And if America were to be a Christian theocracy, which Christian religion would they choose…Baptist, Mormon, Catholic, Lutheran, etc…?  These extremists need to be marginalized or stopped, not pandered to.

They can worship as they please, UNTIL OR IF, they break laws which inflict on rights of others to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Look what has happened at the Texas compound recently and in the past at Waco. Westboro Baptist Church is another hate group using the guise of religion to break the law of the land.”

>I’ve said this before, my MOTHER is a Christian, one of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet (reasonable too).  I don’t feel the need to debase the people who are Christian in general, just the extremists and their leaders.

As to your issue with my comment: “We are NOT voting as a religion, we are voting as a country”  It still stands.  This is what religious people need to be reminded of.  Do they want a DEMOCRACY or a THEOCRACY!

You sound as if you think that the people don’t understand this.  For the most part I think they do.  When the people rallied against Westboro’s tactics at the soldiers funeral, it was all types.
Gays, atheists, Christians and whoever else.  The larger majority of America does NOT like this viciousness.

I couldn’t find the longer version of this clip, which depicts more of the crowd BEFORE this incident, however it DOES show that the people DO NOT LIKE this mentality AT ALL.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=401254430899635463&q=westboro+baptist+attacked&ei=UYIPSOuMKJHmqgLzwJW3BA

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By Outraged, April 23, 2008 at 10:46 am Link to this comment

I’m not sure I follow you, Robert.  The fact that these factions exist, doesn’t mean we should pander to them. That’s exactly what we should not do.

As far as “the left” (whatever that is) recognizing religion, “the left” or more accurately, AMERICA, has ALWAYS recognized religion as a part of the social/cultural make-up of America.  That is precisely why our constitution recognizes the NEED for the separation of church and state.

Do moderate Christians want to be a part of this group?  And if America were to be a Christian theocracy, which Christian religion would they choose…Baptist, Mormon, Catholic, Lutheran, etc…?  These extremists need to be marginalized or stopped, not pandered to.

They can worship as they please, UNTIL OR IF, they break laws which inflict on rights of others to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Look what has happened at the Texas compound recently and in the past at Waco. Westboro Baptist Church is another hate group using the guise of religion to break the law of the land.

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By obama=osama, April 23, 2008 at 9:19 am Link to this comment
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when a white man does not vote for obama he is called a raciast ,when 90% blaks vote for obama that is called prograss. who is the raciast now?obama or osama will never rule this great nation.that is comming from a christin.liberals are weak people who cling to their computers.

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By Outraged, April 23, 2008 at 8:40 am Link to this comment

Re: Robert Giacobbe

Your comment: “Your animosity to, and hatred for, religion has blinded you to this simple fact: some degree of pandering to religion, even in a positive way, is required the win the hearts and minds of this so-called christian nation.  Clinton, Obama and Edwards have made meager steps in this direction, a first for the Dems.

When the left figures out how to co-opt religion in this country as effectively as the right has done, then you’ll finally be on equal footing.”

>These are RADICAL groups.  A fact you conveniently disregard in your post.  Ironically, you attempt to make the issue one of MY HATRED and simply ignore the HATE speech on this sign concerning another religion.  These are the things that start “holy wars”.  This, my god is better than your god, trash talk.

NO, I don’t believe ANY party should pander for the religious vote.  Separation of church and state, remember….  If we continue down this road, we will end up a theocratic plutocracy, much like Iran.  Radicals in ANY religion are dangerous people.  What was the Spanish Inquisition about but RADICAL CHRISTIANS. 

We are NOT voting as a religion, we are voting as a country.  And so called “Christians” ought to be reminded of that fact.  Ask yourself; why is this church involved in politics (isn’t their salvation coming from somewhere else), why would being a Muslim (even if it were true) be something to vote against and why does this church not follow their own scripture of Caesar’s things to Caesar and God’s things to God. (or however that goes)

I am NOT the hateful one.  This church and it’s adherents who voted for this sign are.  I have voted for Christian candidates and I would vote for a Muslim candidate.  I would vote for an atheist.  RELIGION SHOULD NOT BE A DECIDING FACTOR FOR CHOOSING A CANDIDATE TO RUN THIS COUNTRY.

Doesn’t the bible say “moderation in all things” or something to that effect?  Groups such as this are HATE GROUPS and they do not follow that which they claim to follow.  They attempt to convince themselves and everyone one else, that if they slap the label Christian upon themselves, they can proceed in whatever way they please.  After all, they have “God’s Blessing” and their viciousness (many times crimes) should be “forgiven”....

Bullshit on that noise.  Have we learned NOTHING!  Look at the NUTTY, RADICAL, CHRISTIAN we have in charge NOW!  These are nutty people masquerading as “Christians”.

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By RickinSF, April 23, 2008 at 7:54 am Link to this comment

And if the money isn’t so good, the opportunities for sex are terrific.

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By Scott, April 23, 2008 at 7:52 am Link to this comment
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Hahaha they’ll make a t-shirt about anything http://www.cafepress.com/neutralapparel.255881533

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By SpinCycle, April 23, 2008 at 7:40 am Link to this comment

So is this pastor a christian?  I don’t know, he certainly doesn’t act like one!

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By Aegrus, April 23, 2008 at 7:27 am Link to this comment

“It’s simply to cause people to realize and to see what possibly could happen if we were to get someone in there that does not believe in Jesus Christ,” he said.

You know what I think would happen? Progress.

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By Leefeller, April 23, 2008 at 6:57 am Link to this comment

People who do not think like the sign in front of the church are supposed to be happy to know people call themselves Christian and actually vote with brains the size of peas. Yes so what.

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By RickinSF, April 22, 2008 at 10:38 pm Link to this comment

Tax the churches.
Tax all the churches.

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By Reubenesque, April 22, 2008 at 10:19 pm Link to this comment
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I call such ilk “ians”.  Although they would never admit it, they have taken Christ’s teachings out of their theology.  They are much closer to the, Messiah disdained, authoritarian mindset of the Pharisees than that of Christ.  They have bought into the Bush fear regimen lock, stock and barrel.
  “Muslims” are in the process of “taking over” the U.S.  Another “holy war” is necessary and Israel must be protected at all costs.  If Armageddon can be coaxed along to fruitition, the more the better. Such is their dogma and it is spewed from pulpits throughout the South on a regular basis.  I know.  I had to quit attending my small-town, Arkansas church for this very reason.
  The same pastors that weekly denigrated Clinton for his affair and lying about it now say nothing about rendition,the use of torture, the suspension of our constitutional rights or the Great Lie of Iraq.
  Such “ians” would rather vote themselves out of economic existance than elect a “liberal, queer-loving, abortionist Democrat” to any position.

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By Thomas Billis, April 22, 2008 at 9:46 pm Link to this comment

We fought a civil war to keep these morons a part of the union.Of course it is not political.It is too stupid to be political so it must have religious connotations.I guess then he has no trouble with the Rev Wright’s statements since he is not sure Obama is a christian.I am sure that the seat next Jerry Falwell in hell will be held by one of these religious morons.

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By Leefeller, April 22, 2008 at 8:56 pm Link to this comment

Become a hypocrite and start your own church, they say the money is good.

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By Leefeller, April 22, 2008 at 8:53 pm Link to this comment

Ignorance make for a hard fight to the finish.  We have seen the racism here on TD, and I suspect it is very strong in Texas. Hang in there mike, you may feel alone but others agree with you.

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By Kiwi, April 22, 2008 at 8:27 pm Link to this comment

What about John McCain? Cain? Wasn’t he a murderer?
Didnt he kill his own brother? Doesnt Mc mean “son of”  Shouldnt we investigate any connection that similar names mean similar nature.Sorry but Roger Boyd is talking just as stupidly
As RAE put it “This “pastor” is a JERK who clearly knows NOTHING about what it means to actually BE a Christian. Can you imagine Christ Himself EVER coming up with such sleazy garbage? ”

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By Outraged, April 22, 2008 at 8:09 pm Link to this comment

Another bizarre religious group, the fact that this DOESN’T surprise me, scares me. When is America going to wake up and see how dangerous these people are.  Sounds like this congregation is well into preparing for their oxymoron “holy war”.

I think we should take one of those atolls in the South Pacific we used during WWII and throw ALL the radical elements of EVERY religion on it, and let them battle it out WITHOUT weapons.  Maybe if they physically beat the livin’ daylights out of each other they’ll figure out they’re not all that different.  Seriously…hasn’t the world tried just about everything else with these people?

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By P. T., April 22, 2008 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment

Can’t be sure about McCain or Clinton, they’ve changed positions so many times.

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By mike, April 22, 2008 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment
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I am starting to wonder how much of this b*llsh*t is to cover that they dont want a black man as president.  I am for Oboma and I am from texas I know some people down here that just get rabid about him.

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By lightiris, April 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

Someone should tell Chris Hedges about this guy.  Maybe this dude has the sort of “soul” and “way” he’s seeking.

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By Kurt, April 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment
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Of course they are brothers, if the Bible is true, and if Osama repented, then he would go to Heaven just like Obama—who probably does not need to repent, at least until he becomes President.

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By Louise, April 22, 2008 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment

Business must be slow.

Not a whole lota sinners out there that can afford to go to Church anymore, eh?

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By lasch, April 22, 2008 at 3:59 pm Link to this comment

Not only is pastor Boyd an idiot, he is completely dishonest if he expects anyone to believe that the message is not political.

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By Jim Yell, April 22, 2008 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment
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D-I-C-K

H-E-A-D

and, some people think we are too hard on the Christian Right?

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By PatrickHenry, April 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment

State governments should be allowed to tax all churches, mosques and temples. 

Why should religious bigotry and viewpoints contrary to mine be allowed to continue tax free when I have to pay those taxes?

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By P. T., April 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm Link to this comment

Humm

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By RAE, April 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment

The narrow-minded, ego-centric mentality that dreams up this kind of odious character assassination nearly makes me puke.

This “pastor” is a JERK who clearly knows NOTHING about what it means to actually BE a Christian. Can you imagine Christ Himself EVER coming up with such sleazy garbage?

I’d take an HONEST follower of Mohammed in the White House anyday over this kind of EVIL-MINDED, DISHONEST CHRISTIAN.

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By Terradea, April 22, 2008 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment
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Poor things. They want to believe the things they believe, even if their beliefs are false. And by god, the religious leaders of America will ensure that their flocks are kept ignorant and faithful!

Faith: not wanting to know what is true. [Nietzsche]

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By Noam Samuel, April 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment
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Sure, there’s no evidence that he’s a Muslim, but since he’s black and named Obama, you can never know.

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