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Toledo Pastor Erects 9 Gay-Hating Billboards, Says He Loves Everyone


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Back in April I posted about Central United Methodist church in Toledo, Ohio which had funded a billboard (above) reading "Being Gay is Gift from God."

A local pastor has now responded to the billboards, by putting up nine of his own, The Blade reports:

Rev. Tony Scott of the Church on Strayer felt compelled to offer an opposing point of view.

The Maumee megachurch this week bought nine billboards that proclaim, "Being Gay is NOT a Gift from God -- Forgiveness, Love, and Eternal Life Are."

"I love everyone. There's nothing on that billboard about hate," Mr. Scott said in an interview. "I'm getting hate mail from lesbian and gay people, but my point is that I love them too much to let someone believe a lie. I love this city too much to let a lie be sown."

Scott's billboard, below.


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  1. 30,000 Americans die in the country every year from gun violence, and these so-called "Christians" are still talking about "the gays."


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 26, 2011 10:47:33 AM

  2. Since he seems to know so much about God's intentions, I'd love to get some insight from him on how the stock market is going to behave in the next few months.....

    What a jerk.

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 26, 2011 10:53:34 AM

  3. It's truly amazing how many so-called Christians don't understand the difference between love and hate. Rev. Tony Scott is but one of millions who just don't get it!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Sep 26, 2011 10:53:42 AM

  4. Why not just say what he really means? "Kill these demons now".

    Posted by: perkins | Sep 26, 2011 11:07:34 AM

  5. hmmm - wonder how much money could have went to the local Food Banks..instead of Billboards?

    Posted by: Gay American | Sep 26, 2011 11:08:04 AM

  6. I just called these fuckers. Funny, its not meant for hate, they love all of us. Thats what his secretary told me. Im expecting to get a call back from the Pastor himself. I got a few choice words for him

    Posted by: James L. Brooks | Sep 26, 2011 11:16:43 AM

  7. @Gay American - exactly. food banks and to help people in his own church who might be in dire need.

    @James L. Brooks - good for you. Please post results of the conversation if he calls back. I guess he doesn't know that call capping a word now translates into screaming in the texting/internet posting world.

    Posted by: Christopher Lines | Sep 26, 2011 11:34:19 AM

  8. I'm rather surprised he used the term "gay" instead of "homosexual". I guess that's some progress. Either that or homosexual costs more to print.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Sep 26, 2011 11:42:04 AM

  9. Being gay isn't a gift from God, it's our sexuality. And it is how God made us because it's our nature. Live with it.

    And who cares what some ridiculous church guy who "loves" us thinks? Seriously. Everyone at his church hates, he knows it, we know it, they know it. They have hate in their heart and if you believe anything in the Bible (or even if you don't) you can't believe anything good comes from hate either in this world or whatever comes next (if you believe that...)

    The people that go to this church and the people that run it are doomed. Because of their hate and unacceptance of ALL people.

    Posted by: Bart | Sep 26, 2011 11:47:27 AM

  10. It's so nice that out of all hellbound people, this loving person has decided the gays need his "loving" attention the most. Cry me a river Tony.

    Posted by: Alex | Sep 26, 2011 11:57:37 AM

  11. Tony Scott was one of the "Christians" I observed when I lived in Toledo. He's not the worst of the local crop.
    I remember how he was bent on ridding Toledo of pornography and organized a local chapter of a group that was active in Cincinnatti. He invited the leader of that bunch to keynote a rally, which I attended as an observer. It was akin to being taken to some other planet. His congregation was bused to the meeting, including children who sat listening to lurid tales of sexual depravity and perversion. The Cincinnatti guy had a creepy nervous laugh and overall seemed like somebody I wouldn't trust anywhere near a kid. But the crowd watched, listened, hooted, cheered and prayed with fervent noise, all the while shining out those zealot smiles and glassy eyed feverish looks.

    No, they imagine the money is well spent, no doubt. Poor, hungry people are irrelevant to the task of fighting disgusting sins.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Sep 26, 2011 12:20:04 PM

  12. So they spent all of that money from their coiffers to put up 9 billboards that only shame people instead of helping the needy or building their membership. Wow. Just another perfect example of why no one should ever give a church any money.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 26, 2011 12:37:06 PM

  13. Bart, last time I checked, my parents made me, god certainly didn't have sex with my mother, I'm quite certain about that otherwise I'd be divine.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Sep 26, 2011 1:07:40 PM

  14. It's time for bed. You're tired.

    I am NOT tired! I'm NOT! I'm NOT! WAAAAAH! I don't wanna go to bed! I'm not tired! You can say I am but I'm not! I'm not!!!

    Posted by: Glenn I | Sep 26, 2011 1:07:59 PM

  15. I look forward to the day when Republicans get their way, when all government social programs for the poor, needy or just recently employed are done away with, and it falls to churches like this to take care of their flock (as Republicans have recent indicated should take place in place of the government doing its job). Hopefully these billboards, when taken down, will be edible or offer the soft comfort of a warm blanket in winter.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Sep 26, 2011 1:16:45 PM

  16. God, BTW, is unmarried.

    Just like J. Edgar Hoover.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 26, 2011 1:17:07 PM

  17. You can send the church a message here: http://thechurchonstrayer.com/contact/

    If you are loving in your words it will make a bigger impact.

    Posted by: Markus | Sep 26, 2011 2:26:23 PM

  18. Contact Lamar Advertising and voice your opposition to running their billboards:

    Lamar Advertising Co.
    5321 Corporate Boulevard
    Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    United States - Map
    Phone: 225-926-1000
    Fax: 225-926-1005
    Website: http://www.lamar.com

    Posted by: Chad | Sep 26, 2011 3:18:15 PM

  19. It's shocking how many "Christians" have apparently never read read the bible. Based on what I know, I'm fairly certain Jesus wouldn't be telling gay people they're wrong, or evil or whatever.

    Posted by: Jmac | Sep 26, 2011 3:33:17 PM

  20. I love everyone -- except the people I'm "not supposed" to love. That kind of compartmentalizing is one hell of a cognitive dissonance <3

    Posted by: Harold Schreckengost | Sep 26, 2011 3:43:29 PM

  21. I still don't even get why they care enough to do these sort of things.

    I'd have better things to do.

    Posted by: Ben | Sep 26, 2011 7:37:30 PM

  22. Frankly, it could be a lot worse. As noted, being gay or straight isn't a gift from anyone. It's our biology. He could have been far more hateful, since the gifts he lists really don't relate to being gay.

    Being obsessed with a fictional reality is most certainly not a gift either.

    Posted by: Paul R | Sep 26, 2011 11:07:51 PM

  23. "Fighting love with bigotry, one billboard at a time."

    Posted by: ophu | Sep 27, 2011 2:50:42 AM

  24. Looks like hate speech goes all the way around. I guess it takes a paradigm for us all to understand "Love one another". All you need is Love. Let's give it a try.

    Posted by: Paul | Sep 27, 2011 6:32:21 AM

  25. Why isn't "gift" capitalized? I'm terribly offended by such a sloppy style guide.

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 27, 2011 5:32:04 PM

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