Church Removes Sign Blaming Jews for the Death of Jesus

February 26, 2004

Source: Rocky Mountain News,1299,DRMN_15_2683994,00.html

On February 26, 2004 Rocky Mountain News reported, "A church sign that said 'Jews killed the Lord Jesus' ignited a national firestorm of outrage Wednesday and packed the church parking lot with a religiously diverse crowd of protesters. The message didn't survive the day. At noon a mother of four leaned a ladder against the sign and pulled down the word 'Jew.' By 9 p.m. members of the church had removed the rest. The Rev. Maurice Gordon of Lovingway United Pentecostal Church, 999 S. Colorado Blvd., said the message on the sign was not hateful. 'It would be hateful if it pointed at anybody alive today,' Gordon said. "But this has been part of the record for 2,000 years... The incident occurred against the backdrop of Wednesday's opening of Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ, which chronicles the last 12 hours of Jesus' life. It has drawn charges of anti-Semitism.

Gordon said he was partly motivated by Gibson's movie, but added he would not be seeing the film itself because he neither attends movies nor watches television.

The United Pentecostal Church International, headquartered in Hazelwood, Mo., said in a statement it did not condone Gordon's action. "