Church Sign States "Koran Needs to be Flushed"

May 24, 2005

Source: The Digital Courier

On May 24, 2005 The Digital Courier reported, "A sign in front of a Baptist church on one of the most traveled highways in the county stirred controversy over religious tolerance and first-amendment rights this weekend. A sign in front of Danieltown Baptist Church, located at 2361 U.S. 221 south reads 'The Koran needs to be flushed,' and the Rev. Creighton Lovelace, pastor of the church, is not apologizing for the display. 'I believe that it is a statement supporting the word of God and that it (the Bible) is above all and that any other religious book that does not teach Christ as savior and lord as the 66 books of the Bible teaches it, is wrong,' said Lovelace. 'I knew that whenever we decided to put that sign up that there would be people who wouldn't agree with it, and there would be some that would, and so we just have to stand up for what's right.' Seema Riley, a Muslim, who was born in Pakistan and reared in New York, was one of those upset by the sign. She moved to Rutherford County for the 'small town friendly' atmosphere, she said. When she saw the sign on the side of the highway Saturday she felt angered and threatened. 'We need a certain degree of tolerance,' said Riley. 'That sign doesn't really reflect what I think this county is about.'"