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Church sign passive aggression goes pop

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 7-128They don't seem to have weighed in on Rihanna, Chris Brown, or any other of the summer's hot pop artists. But Havens Corners Church is making their opinion known when it comes to Katy Perry. That's because the sign outside the Blacklick, OH, house of worship now contains the gay and cherry Chapstick-demonizing line: "I kissed a girl and I liked it -- Then I went to hell."

The Columbus Dispatch has more:

Church turns pop lyrics into a bit of brimstone [AP via News Net 5]

In consequence of the vague warning, we hear all of the town's teen boys have turned totally gay. Nice work, Havens Corners!

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Your thoughts

"Blacklick"? I thought this town sounded kinda sexy...then I went to hell.

Posted by: Sykler | Sep 4, 2008 5:16:07 PM

Your link's broken. Take the last character off and it works.

This church isn't terribly far from where I live. I guess I can cross them off the list if I ever go church shopping!

Posted by: Matt Algren | Sep 4, 2008 5:42:05 PM

I know that I plan to use the phrase, "and then I went to Hell" to end all my sentences.

Example, "What did you do today?" " Well, I went to work, then the gym, and then I went to Hell!"

Posted by: Todd | Sep 4, 2008 6:05:36 PM

This is in reference to the sign at the Havens Corner Church in Blacklick, OH. "I kissed a girl and I liked it, now I am going to hell".

I want to thank all of you for sending in your e-mails and phone calls
it made a difference this is the email I received from Pastor Dave
today and the sign has been changed this just proves that when we all
unite we can make a difference within our communities to end the
discrimination of who we are, again I want to thank you. Please pass
this on to all that you have had send an email.
Love you all!!!!

I wanted to let you know that the sign has been changed. After
prayerful deliberation over whether or not to change it, it seemed
like there were too many questions over what the sign even meant.
Those who were unfamiliar with the song were at a loss to understand
even if they agreed. Also, some of you wrote thoughtful e-mails
rightly pointing out that the message and our church could easily be
misunderstood. There was no room on the sign to talk about love and
forgiveness, simply the consequence.


Pastor Dave

Posted by: Al Simmons and Bob Reardon | Sep 4, 2008 6:39:31 PM

I think it's just truth in advertising. They picked up their theology somewhere and Hell is a pretty likely source.

Posted by: Timothy | Sep 4, 2008 7:16:15 PM

I bought a bumper sticker at the Duluth/Superior Pride Festival last weekend:

I don't seem to be able to paste it here, but it's at:


It's worth the trip.


Posted by: dave b | Sep 4, 2008 7:57:35 PM

I wish Katy Perry WOULD go to hell.

The GLBT community is catching hell for her song, which isn't pro-gay in any way whatsoever.

The song is more or less a cocktease number for the straight men who gets off on watching some midget filming two drunk college girls sucking face, at spring break = "girls gone wild" bullshit.

Those sluts aren't part of the community, and neither is Katy Perry.

Posted by: Scott | Sep 4, 2008 8:43:20 PM

Dear Pastor Dave,
Thanks for changing the sign but I didn't see your apology. Why am I a sinner? It doesn't read that way in my bible... after all, on on hand I can count, in the OT, 6 admonishments for gay folks, but in both OT and NT, I count well over 300 for hetero couples. Do you suppose hetero couples need more supervision and therefore more FORGIVENESS?... let's talk about SIN and how scripture is twisted to pass on lies and deceit by your brethren... tsk tsk tsk - shame on you all.

No blessings offer... I don't want to waste my breath as I hold you personally for your sins and bind them (according to Paul...) good luck but good riddance.
-Rev Eddie

Posted by: Eddie Keator | Sep 5, 2008 1:45:53 AM

What I think is so remarkable about this is that a couple of gay men saw this sign and were immediately motivated to organize an email campaign that actually had an effect - the message of hate was removed. Perhaps I'm biased because I know the two guys who did this, but I'd like to think that if we can get a pastor in small-town Ohio to rethink his message, then maybe we can eventually get evangelicals to understand that members of the LGBT community are not emissaries from hell. Which I believe is part of what Jeremy tries to do every day.

Posted by: ZnSD | Sep 5, 2008 11:11:47 AM

This was on the local Fox 10p news last night following their coverage of John McCain's speech at the RNC. Interesting.

Posted by: Jonathan | Sep 5, 2008 12:32:09 PM

With respect to Al, the minister hasn't rethought his position, he's just rethought putting it on his marquee. There isn't enough room to say 'I love you even though you're a horrible person who is obviously going to hell now go into an ex-gay program.' It doesn't have quite the same zing, either.

Oh, and the church's website is down for exceeding their bandwidth limit. HAW HAW!!!

Posted by: Matt Algren | Sep 5, 2008 1:04:09 PM

I think this is such a sick posting. Absolutely disgusting. I'm going to hell for being gay but being a priest who practices religion and promotes being a great person and represents God and Jesus can molest little boys (don't know if we all know those news headlines) and they aren't sinners? Well one, molesting a child is absolutely disgusting and the people who do that do children should be burned alive and two, if a priest molests a little boys isn't that an act of homosexuality? I guess they'll be in hell with all of us then!

Posted by: Casper | Sep 5, 2008 1:07:53 PM

If the sign was done by a guy, then it makes perfect sense.

Posted by: libhomo | Sep 6, 2008 3:52:55 PM

I cant believe these people that speak with Gods name behind them sin more than anyother human when they are suppose to UPHOLD the BIBLE, that we hold so dear to our exsistence.

Posted by: Chris | Mar 22, 2009 6:57:04 PM

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