More 'Under God' billboards going up in Asheville, other NC cities

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More billboards with the message "One nation, under God" are going up across North Carolina following fundraising efforts in Asheville.

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Since: Feb 10

Asheville, NC

#1 Jul 8, 2010
"More 'Under God' billboards going up in Asheville, other NC cities" Asheville Citizen-Times
By Julie Ball • July 8, 2010

More billboards with the message “One nation, under God” are going up across North Carolina following fundraising efforts in Asheville.

The billboards are a response to signs put up in Asheville and five other North Carolina cities by the N.C. Secular Association referencing words from the Pledge of Allegiance.

Those signs – with the message “One nation indivisible”– have touched a nerve by dropping words “under God,” which were added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954.

“I think Christian people need to speak up,” said Dr. Johnny Tiller, interim pastor at Sunrise Baptist Church in West Asheville.“Too many Christians are closet Christians. They don't identify themselves, and they don't say anything.”
A secular association billboard on the Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte was vandalized, and the words “under God” spray painted below the word “Indivisible.”

Protesters targeted another of the billboards in Wilmington.

“I'm afraid that some of the controversy and some of the things people are saying may cause our message to get lost,” said Jennifer Lovejoy, the association's Asheville spokeswoman.
“It truly was meant to be a message of unity, that our nation was founded on the freedom to choose, and we need to continue that,” she said.
The secular association's sign in Asheville is sponsored by the Western North Carolina Atheists.
Tiller said the signs must be answered by Christians.

“The other side, the unbelievers, however you want to refer to them, have a right to put up what they want to say,” Tiller said.“We have the right to express our beliefs.”

At Tiller's small church Sunday morning, the fewer than 70 people attending the service, raised $2,000 toward the billboards countering the secular message.

The organization, We Still Pray, which is made up of local churches, businesses and individuals, is coordinating the fundraising efforts.
We Still Pray formed 10 years ago in the wake of U.S. Supreme Court decisions prohibiting organized prayer in schools.

The organization's advisory board on Wednesday agreed to purchase more signs, said the Rev. Ralph Sexton, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church.

The group already purchased space on six electronic billboards. Those will remain in place through Thursday.

The new billboards carrying the same message will go up early next week across the state.
That includes two in Asheville, one in Charlotte, one in Greensboro, one in Raleigh, one in Wilmington and one in Winston-Salem. An eighth will go up on Interstate 26 in Madison County, Sexton said.

The group raised $17,000 this week, Sexton said.
“It's overwhelming. But what does that tell you?” Sexton said.“There's something pent up inside of people.… Maybe there is a majority that has been silent.”

WE'RE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK! LIBERAL SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS TAKE NOTICE!
Troll

Hendersonville, NC

#2 Jul 8, 2010
"This morning I received thrilling news: a joke I wrote more than 20 years ago has been voted the funniest religious joke of all time! In case you've missed it, here it is:

Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!" He said, "Nobody loves me." I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?"

He said, "Yes." I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?" He said, "A Christian." I said, "Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?" He said, "Protestant." I said, "Me, too! What franchise?" He said, "Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?" He said, "Northern Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?"

He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region." I said, "Me, too!"

Northern Conservative†Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912." I said, "Die, heretic!" And I pushed him over."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2005/sep/29/c...

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#3 Jul 8, 2010
William P Miller wrote:
"More 'Under God' billboards going up in Asheville, other NC cities" Asheville Citizen-Times
By Julie Ball • July 8, 2010
More billboards with the message “One nation, under God” are going up across North Carolina following fundraising efforts in Asheville.
The billboards are a response to signs put up in Asheville and five other North Carolina cities by the N.C. Secular Association referencing words from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Those signs – with the message “One nation indivisible”– have touched a nerve by dropping words “under God,” which were added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954.
“I think Christian people need to speak up,” said Dr. Johnny Tiller, interim pastor at Sunrise Baptist Church in West Asheville.“Too many Christians are closet Christians. They don't identify themselves, and they don't say anything.”
A secular association billboard on the Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte was vandalized, and the words “under God” spray painted below the word “Indivisible.”
Protesters targeted another of the billboards in Wilmington.
“I'm afraid that some of the controversy and some of the things people are saying may cause our message to get lost,” said Jennifer Lovejoy, the association's Asheville spokeswoman.
“It truly was meant to be a message of unity, that our nation was founded on the freedom to choose, and we need to continue that,” she said.
The secular association's sign in Asheville is sponsored by the Western North Carolina Atheists.
Tiller said the signs must be answered by Christians.
“The other side, the unbelievers, however you want to refer to them, have a right to put up what they want to say,” Tiller said.“We have the right to express our beliefs.”
At Tiller's small church Sunday morning, the fewer than 70 people attending the service, raised $2,000 toward the billboards countering the secular message.
The organization, We Still Pray, which is made up of local churches, businesses and individuals, is coordinating the fundraising efforts.
We Still Pray formed 10 years ago in the wake of U.S. Supreme Court decisions prohibiting organized prayer in schools.
The organization's advisory board on Wednesday agreed to purchase more signs, said the Rev. Ralph Sexton, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church.
The group already purchased space on six electronic billboards. Those will remain in place through Thursday.
The new billboards carrying the same message will go up early next week across the state.
That includes two in Asheville, one in Charlotte, one in Greensboro, one in Raleigh, one in Wilmington and one in Winston-Salem. An eighth will go up on Interstate 26 in Madison County, Sexton said.
The group raised $17,000 this week, Sexton said.
“It's overwhelming. But what does that tell you?” Sexton said.“There's something pent up inside of people.… Maybe there is a majority that has been silent.”
WE'RE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK! LIBERAL SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS TAKE NOTICE!
GIT R DONE!

Since: Jul 10

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#4 Jul 8, 2010
Fight all you want now. Soon it will be changed to "under Marxism". President "Furhur for Life" Osama Bin Obama will decree it come Jan 1st!
Paul

Spartanburg, SC

#5 Aug 17, 2010
Folks, this is just a new chapter of a long-lasting American debate. Both sides are entitled to their opinions, but whatever words of the pledge, the bottom line is that free exercise of religion is constitutionally protected - period. Is it really necessary to name-call, berate, and smear your opposition?
Thomas Paine

Asheville, NC

#6 Aug 17, 2010
"One nation UNDER GOD, with liberty and justice for all."
Braindead in Buncombe

Hendersonville, NC

#7 Aug 17, 2010
God is a POS oozing out of the dead brains of believers

Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistant that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for my part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel.[Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason]
Free Dumb

Spartanburg, SC

#8 Aug 17, 2010
Thomas Paine wrote:
"One nation UNDER GOD, with liberty and justice for all."
With liberty and justice for all EXCEPT gays, atheists, sometimes women, blacks and whomever else the anti-American Christian majority deems as unworthy of Constitutionally protected rights, right poser?
Cross Worship

Hendersonville, NC

#9 Aug 17, 2010
Free Dumb wrote:
<quoted text>
With liberty and justice for all EXCEPT gays, atheists, sometimes women, blacks and whomever else the anti-American Christian majority deems as unworthy of Constitutionally protected rights, right poser?
Guess everybody is free to be as dumb as the next guy but honestly, the fools posting here who claim to be Christians are NOT even close to the Christians I grew up with. They're the a bible belt version and clearly do not represent the majority of Christians in America. They are the undereducated sheeples who can't think for themselves, who's leadership advocates for a Christian theocracy. They are enemies of democracy.
Jimmah Jesus Seed

Asheville, NC

#10 Aug 17, 2010
AMEN! PRAISE GOD!

"One nation UNDER GOD...with liberty and justice for all."
Cross Worship

Hendersonville, NC

#11 Aug 17, 2010
Jimmah Jesus Seed wrote:
AMEN! PRAISE GOD!
"One nation UNDER GOD...with liberty and justice for all."
Hallucinations are a serious thing. You should get help
Jimmah Jesus Seed

Asheville, NC

#12 Aug 18, 2010
William P Miller wrote:
"More 'Under God' billboards going up in Asheville, other NC cities" Asheville Citizen-Times
By Julie Ball • July 8, 2010
More billboards with the message “One nation, under God” are going up across North Carolina following fundraising efforts in Asheville.
The billboards are a response to signs put up in Asheville and five other North Carolina cities by the N.C. Secular Association referencing words from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Those signs – with the message “One nation indivisible”– have touched a nerve by dropping words “under God,” which were added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954.
“I think Christian people need to speak up,” said Dr. Johnny Tiller, interim pastor at Sunrise Baptist Church in West Asheville.“Too many Christians are closet Christians. They don't identify themselves, and they don't say anything.”
A secular association billboard on the Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte was vandalized, and the words “under God” spray painted below the word “Indivisible.”
Protesters targeted another of the billboards in Wilmington.
“I'm afraid that some of the controversy and some of the things people are saying may cause our message to get lost,” said Jennifer Lovejoy, the association's Asheville spokeswoman.
“It truly was meant to be a message of unity, that our nation was founded on the freedom to choose, and we need to continue that,” she said.
The secular association's sign in Asheville is sponsored by the Western North Carolina Atheists.
Tiller said the signs must be answered by Christians.
“The other side, the unbelievers, however you want to refer to them, have a right to put up what they want to say,” Tiller said.“We have the right to express our beliefs.”
At Tiller's small church Sunday morning, the fewer than 70 people attending the service, raised $2,000 toward the billboards countering the secular message.
The organization, We Still Pray, which is made up of local churches, businesses and individuals, is coordinating the fundraising efforts.
We Still Pray formed 10 years ago in the wake of U.S. Supreme Court decisions prohibiting organized prayer in schools.
The organization's advisory board on Wednesday agreed to purchase more signs, said the Rev. Ralph Sexton, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church.
The group already purchased space on six electronic billboards. Those will remain in place through Thursday.
The new billboards carrying the same message will go up early next week across the state.
That includes two in Asheville, one in Charlotte, one in Greensboro, one in Raleigh, one in Wilmington and one in Winston-Salem. An eighth will go up on Interstate 26 in Madison County, Sexton said.
The group raised $17,000 this week, Sexton said.
“It's overwhelming. But what does that tell you?” Sexton said.“There's something pent up inside of people.… Maybe there is a majority that has been silent.”
WE'RE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK! LIBERAL SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS TAKE NOTICE!
It's ONE NATION UNDER GOD!

PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY THROUGH HIS ONLOY SON JESUS CHRIST AMEN!
guest visitor

Redmond, WA

#13 Aug 18, 2010
Troll wrote:
"This morning I received thrilling news: a joke I wrote more than 20 years ago has been voted the funniest religious joke of all time! In case you've missed it, here it is:
Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!" He said, "Nobody loves me." I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?"
He said, "Yes." I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?" He said, "A Christian." I said, "Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?" He said, "Protestant." I said, "Me, too! What franchise?" He said, "Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?" He said, "Northern Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?"
He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region." I said, "Me, too!"
Northern Conservative†Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912." I said, "Die, heretic!" And I pushed him over."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2005/sep/29/c...
that joke is funny and really says more than just a bekky laugh
Theresa

United States

#14 Aug 18, 2010
Yeaaaaa! Amen !!!! Praise God to his holy name!~!
Theresa

United States

#15 Aug 18, 2010
Leave it in or take it out, everyone will stand before God, whether you believe or not!
Buncy

Fairview, NC

#16 Aug 18, 2010
Theresa wrote:
Leave it in or take it out, everyone will stand before God, whether you believe or not!
Your god is not all-powerful. He's a wimp. He and the Israelites got into a war with some heathen tribes with chariots of wood and your god and his warriors defeated them. But when they got into it with heathens with chariots of iron, they were defeated. They wimped out and went home:

"And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron." from _Judges,_ Ch. 1

Now who in hell would want to worship such a puny god. Lucifer is more powerful than that. He unleashed weapons of mass destruction all over the skies of Iraq.
Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

#17 Aug 18, 2010
‘Under God’ Spray-Painted On Secularist Billboard -- http://www.wsoctv.com/news/24068030/detail.ht...
Fanny the Fanatical

Mount Holly, NC

#18 Aug 18, 2010
Should have never been put in to begin with!

The self-appointed, self righteousness soul murderers at it again huh!
MsMe from Candler

Fairview, NC

#19 Aug 18, 2010
Charlotte wrote:
‘Under God’ Spray-Painted On Secularist Billboard -- http://www.wsoctv.com/news/24068030/detail.ht...
If you have Jesus you can do anything. Jesus gives us get out of jail free cards. We don't have to follow man's laws because we are not of this earth. We have a club in Candler called the BJFJ Club. We party and git down at Macks and our clubhouse. You can get saved and join us.
Tamika

United States

#20 Aug 18, 2010
Free Dumb wrote:
<quoted text>
With liberty and justice for all EXCEPT gays, atheists, sometimes women, blacks and whomever else the anti-American Christian majority deems as unworthy of Constitutionally protected rights, right poser?
Jesus loves all his hildre, red, yellow, black and white, they are all precious in his sight! We are all sinners, regardless of race, denomination, political views, etc.

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