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.



  1. Steve says

    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.

  2. HadenoughBS says

    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!

  3. James L. Brooks says

    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

  4. says

    @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.


    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.

  6. Bart says

    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.

  7. gregory brown says

    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.

  8. Michael says

    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.

  9. MrRoboto says

    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.

  10. Jmac says

    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.

  11. Paul R says

    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.

  12. Paul says

    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.

  13. Kyle says

    I personally do not have a problem with these billboards and do not see how the gay community thinks that these are a form of hate or slandering them for their life style and choice.
    When this billbaord is only speaking the truth. God does not make anyone gay. It is a choice. Do I agree with the gay lifestyle and choice or lifestyle no.But,we live in America. Where have freedom of speach and press.Which the Gay community clearly uses constaly,pushes issue and it to be taught in our school and all.
    But, what I’m really getting fed up with how the gay community contanly want the straight coumminty to except them,push their rights and excpet us all to allow them to hold their gay pride weeks,fairs,festables and all.
    But, yet if someone tell them the biblical truth that being gay is not Gods plan and safe lifestyle to live in. All of a sudden the gay comminity say we are discrimanting agaisnt them and hating them. These billboards are not hating or saying anything slandering. It simply stated and speaking the truth. The gay comminity needs to learn that not everyone is going to aggree with them and their lifestyle.There is always going to be people who will disagree with them or others in there lifestyle. But, that the glory of bing in America. So they need to stop cryign liek little babies and get over.

  14. Paul says

    Kyle, DUDE!

    What’s with all the mis-spellings?
    This makes you look ignorant and for many,
    makes you lose credibility.
    Every political power has an agenda, period.

  15. Inis says

    The truth is that I support the right of these people to believe whatever the hell they want. I only object to them when they try to write into law their particular interpretation of their specific “holy” document and demand the rest of us Americans live under their religion-based rules. Taliban, anyone?

  16. unreligious says

    Kyle do you really feel that the Gay community does not know there are bigots out there who do not like them? They have it heaped on them from the time they are first aware they are Gay until their dying day. You may find it comforting, to your bigotry to claim it is a choice but logic tells you it is not. Why would anyone chose to be Gay and suffer the condemnation of ignorant people like you. Throughout the world Gay people lose their jobs, homes and lives, because people like you feel that their religious “truth” condemns them. Your religious truth is just a myth, that you chose to believe. If you care to live your life according to that myth that is fine. What is not fine is when you feel others must live by it. That is discrimination, whether or not you understand that.

  17. Marlene says

    gregory (12:20:04 PM) — The pervert you’re thinking of is Phil Burress, and he heads the hate group Coalition for Community Values.

    His was the group which was able to shove down the city’s throat a referendum which banned the city council from enacting an ordinance protecting city residents on sexual orientation. I only took 15 years to repeal it.

    Then the perverts tried to repeal the *new* ordinance, but there were many errors found in the petitions and they were tossed!

    More recently, the CCV helped a local group of bigots who were trying to get two ordinances in Bowling Green, Ohio repealed, buying a full page ad in the local paper, helping them out financially, etc. Thankfully they lost.

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