Church sign links Obama with Osama bi...

Church sign links Obama with Osama bin Laden

There are 12 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 21, 2008, titled Church sign links Obama with Osama bin Laden. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A South Carolina pastor says he wasn't trying to be political when he posted a sign in front of his church linking Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden .

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Wah Wah Wah

Oxley, Australia

#1 Apr 22, 2008
Boy, Barack can't catch a break, can he? He's vilified for spending about 20 years attending a Christian church run by a pastor with some...um...passionate things to say, but at the same time you've got people like this pastor who says:
WYFF4.com wrote:
"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."
Stir people's minds, pastor? What exactly is there to "stir" up? It's pretty clear to everyone what Obama's religious affiliation is -- everyone but Pastor Byrd and his congregation, apparently.

And does Pastor Byrd know that Obama is a last name, while Osama is a first name? Does he even care? I doubt it. We know darned well what he was up to when he posted that sign:
AP wrote:
A South Carolina pastor says he wasn't trying to be political when he posted a sign in front of his church linking Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
Well, of course he's going to say that he wasn't trying to be political! "I'm not trying to be political. No seriously, I had no intention of violating my tax-exempt status by trying to influence the political process!"

Willful ignorance is alive and well in this country. Not that I ever doubted it.
Bic Gat

Chicago, IL

#2 Apr 22, 2008
Pastor Byrd and his "flock" are an embarrasment to this nation. Ignorance is a choice and choosing ignorance is to choose to embarras America. Pastor Byrd and his flock hate America. They should leave.
Josh

Huntington, NY

#3 Apr 22, 2008
Jesus was black/arab.
Robin49

Anchorage, AK

#5 Apr 23, 2008
I can't believe that anyone with the title of Pastor in front of his name could be so ignorant. I am from Alaska, far removed from racist remarks and upbringing, but this man sounds like the biggest red necked bigot around. What is even sadder is that the whole congregation was in agreement with keeping this sign in full view.
Maybe he should pray for himself and his congregation for wisdom and acceptance, because they certainly could use both.
Ronda in Oregon

Englewood, CO

#6 Apr 25, 2008
Running an ad with Osama Bin Laden front and center should not be misconstrued as "fear mongering". Is he not a real threat to America? Have the Bush admin. been succesful in eleminating the threat? No! We still face a threat from him and other terrorists. Hillary can bring some troops home and prepare America in case our land is threatened. Slogans are smooth talk, solutions mean success.
Josh

Huntington, NY

#7 Apr 28, 2008
Ronda in Oregon wrote:
Running an ad with Osama Bin Laden front and center should not be misconstrued as "fear mongering". Is he not a real threat to America? Have the Bush admin. been succesful in eleminating the threat? No! We still face a threat from him and other terrorists. Hillary can bring some troops home and prepare America in case our land is threatened. Slogans are smooth talk, solutions mean success.
I disagree. When you run an ad with a Bin Ladden picture, you are playing to people's fear, not providing solutions.
Barry

AOL

#8 Apr 28, 2008
No terrorists in the White House!
Barry

AOL

#10 Apr 28, 2008
Clearly, the Arab terrorists want Barack Hussein Osama to be our president. That would be a huge victory for terrorists.
CHAD byGod Wyatt

Duncan, SC

#12 Apr 29, 2008
I think he is wastin' money,Obama that is,cus there is no way he'll ever lead this country..He isnt a leader,he is more of a puss with the right words at the right moments,but with not solutions..He isnt a terrorist though,they say the blacker the berry,the sweeter the juice,I say the blacker the cancer,the quicker it dies...
bowser

Columbus, OH

#13 Apr 29, 2008
Barry wrote:
Clearly, the Arab terrorists want Barack Hussein Osama to be our president. That would be a huge victory for terrorists.
they did a poll within the terrorist community and Obama was voted most like-able.
Caretaker

Buffalo, NY

#14 May 22, 2008
Robin49 wrote:
I can't believe that anyone with the title of Pastor in front of his name could be so ignorant. I am from Alaska, far removed from racist remarks and upbringing, but this man sounds like the biggest red necked bigot around. What is even sadder is that the whole congregation was in agreement with keeping this sign in full view.
Maybe he should pray for himself and his congregation for wisdom and acceptance, because they certainly could use both.
Is it just possible that this CHURCH SIGN was referring to Brothers as in-GODS eyes---We are all brothers & sisters aren't we? Maybe not-I could be wrong & so could alot of people---ONLY GOD KNOWS for sure & the rest of us could only guess or wonder. Personally I think it wasn't an awful thing to put on a church sign. It def. is a controversial ? at that & has stirred up alot of discussion-no doubt about it. I beleive this ? had every right to stay there as much as anything else that could have been there. It was not a statement afterall-claiming anything one way or the other---but just a simple ?---something to think about & talk about-within the church & outside of the church as well.
Peoples Court

Augusta, GA

#15 May 27, 2008
Is it legal for Judge Tracy Carroll to be married to Lt Billy Flurry who works for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office? LT Flurry has a number of officers who present there case in her courtroom for warrants, arrests, hearings, trials, etc. It's hard to believe that she is able to conduct impartial and independent hearings given that she's sleeping with law enforcement. This just doesn't seem right from an ethical point of view??? Can somebody help Aiken?

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