Controversial Message Vandalized At Pitt County Church

Pitt County deputies say they are investigating vandalism at a church overnight as a hate crime.

Vandals spray painted the front sign of the Wesleyan Pentecostal Church of Washington, which is located just inside Pitt County on Highway 264. They also stenciled "Stop Hatin" in spray paint with hearts on a side door of the church.

The changeable sign had posted a controversial message on homosexuality. The vandals used red spray paint to strike through the message, as well as writing "WTF?", an acronym that includes an expletive.

Pastor Daniel Woods, who spent the morning covering up the vandalism, defends his initial message. "We don't believe it's hateful to tell something that is biblical and truthful. And if it is hateful then God himself is hateful, and we don't believe that," Woods told WITN News.

The pastor admits their messages are sometimes controversial. He says in the past people have responded by rearranging or even stealing the sign's letters, but nothing to this extent.

So far there are no suspects in the vandalism.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 at 07:30 AM
    I'm still waiting for a solid reason gay marriage should be illegal that doesn't involve religion.
  • by iWin Location: Winterville NC on Jan 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM
    I know I'm late to this party but reading this article this morning at work I just wanted to point out that I hope this quote from the article "Pitt County deputies say they are investigating vandalism at a church overnight as a hate crime." Is talking about the disgusting filth that was originally posted on that sign by the Church. Also for everyone venting... Opposition to homosexuality will die off with the previous generation of morons who got our country in a mountain of debt and useless hatred in the first place.I am So ready for all these religious groups to pack it up and get out. The world is no longer yours old people, Thanks for playing. Enjoy all the dwindling economic feats you have screwed us out of and shut up -- You no longer deserve an opinion.
  • by Hotdawg Location: GoatTown on Dec 19, 2011 at 04:53 PM
    I know this much...Let the homosexuals do as they please...Because if two gay men or two gay women ever get stranded on an island only to be found after both had died, the same thing would be found in both circumstances. One grave and one corpse....the generation dies there. Ever watch Blue Lagoon????????? You all get the point I hope.... it just cannot be is alot more than exspressions of love and pleasure it also a form of recreation.....
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      by Only Truth on Dec 21, 2011 at 10:18 AM in reply to Hotdawg
      You remind me of people who used to say a black man and a white woman being in love was not natural. I understand both sides on this issue; the fact remains that homosexuality has a long history in this world - dating back to the Greeks and Romans, who we thought wise enough to base our entire government off of. You can keep fighting this, making it harder for young men and women to come out, and many assuming their only way out is suicide. Or you can do what Jesus would do, and just love them. Wasn't Jesus killed for espousing beliefs everyone else thought to be absurd at the time? Just be happy you're alive, you're healthy, and you're happy. Nothing else really matters, does it? Oh and one more question. God created all? Okay, fine. So what about men born with female genitalia? Or women born with male genitalia? Or a woman born with BOTH sets of genitalia? God made them to, didn't he?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2011 at 04:34 AM
    Are we all vented now? Have both sides preached their very baised positions enough? This is one of rudest comments section I have seen in a long time. From the gays to the preachers on here, both sides were mean and ill spirited to the other side and neither side has a problem with being mean. So much for both sides working together for the greater good, it's worst then the political debates on here. It's truely telling on how people really feel towards each other. sad really!
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      by 40some on Dec 18, 2011 at 09:08 PM in reply to
      The old saying goes..."Never discuss religion and politics"!!! At times, I think it's fun. Mean and dirty as it may get, think of all the thought that is stimulated by it.
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      by whad you expect!! on Dec 19, 2011 at 05:38 PM in reply to
      what is it that you think these two sides are going to work together on? just curious!
  • by TheTruth Location: G'ville on Dec 17, 2011 at 04:41 PM
    Perverts are upset because they will burn in the lake of fire. Church keep on preaching the word! Hopefully the evil ones will be caught. If not God knows and sees everything.
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      by Truth on Dec 17, 2011 at 06:15 PM in reply to TheTruth
      Just like Santa!
  • by to truth, anonymous, and any other haters on Dec 17, 2011 at 03:18 PM
    here it is..first of all, lets think about why theres an issue with gay marriage? is there any legal standpoint as to why gay people cant get married? NO, there isnt. by not allowing gay people to get married, this mingles church and state. how recently has it been that controversial political issues have been used to decide who stands where? think about the issues--things to do with abortion, gay rights, etc... right? things that churches will clearly disagree with. its a way to single us out, i think--to know how to milk their votes and maintain the power of their two party (in bed with eachother) system. you say that weve been holding back society--well no, the government is doing that. theres no way that gay marriage should be illegal, yet theyre asking us to vote on it. how could you ask us to go against our beliefs? what do you expect? its not bigotry--we are going by what our Bibles clearly state. and we have the freedom to vote, i guess you think we shouldnt? whats the purpose of being a democratic society then? why not allow us to vote on it, then push it through and everyones happy? we dont have this power you say--the government pushes through plenty of things without such a fuss because THEY are the ones with power. you want to be angry, dont be angry at us for believing what we do--thats never going to change, ever. i see a future of christians treated badly for this by people who think like you. be angry at the fact that this decision which should be a personal one, has been left up to the public to vote for.
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      by Truth on Dec 17, 2011 at 06:24 PM in reply to to truth, anonymous, and any other haters
      A democracy is not a tyrannical majority. Outside of religious reasons, as you state, there is no reason gay marriage should be illegal. Our country is governed by the tenets of the constitution, not the bible. Allowing gay people the right to an equal marriage is not an issue that the majority should rule on; just like black civil rights...if we relied on the Christian majority to decide on those laws in the 60's and 70's we would still have segregation, as they openly waged war on it back then. Making laws according to your religion, which repress the rights of other individuals (whose actions can't hurt you or your pursuit of life, liberty, or happiness) is wrong. If you don't get that, then you don't get what America stands for.
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        by skirted again.. on Dec 18, 2011 at 05:43 PM in reply to Truth
        yeah, the point was, this should not be an issue up for votes--so therefore christians are NOT holding anyone back. by the way, which christians openly waged war against segregation? (im sure you think the westboro people are christians too?) perhaps this was just a southern thing? the christian relatives of mine who came to this country in the 1700s used to help free slaves because they believed that God valued everyone equally. so there you go spinning things to your liking. but you completely dodged my comment--until our rights are taken away, we will vote as we think God would have us to. sorry if you dont like that--youre right, its not a tyrannical majority and you cannot take that away from us, legally, so deal with it. we dont make the laws, the government does, theyre the ones who allow gay marriage to be something we vote on. you cannot expect us to vote for it if our bible states that it is wrong. the government makes many laws which we disagree with as well, which is why i cant understand how they are allowing gay marriage to be voted on--they know how we will vote. its unfair to expect anything else. i still say its a way to single us out. its alright, you just want to pick and choose which things in history, in the bible, in the constitution justify your beliefs--and you think im not in reality!
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          by Truth on Dec 18, 2011 at 07:07 PM in reply to skirted again..
          Look at history. It's well documented that Christians regularly held rallies to fight against segregation. That's not saying ALL Christians felt that way, but nearly all in opposition to integration were Christians. You blame the government for allowing certain laws to be voted on, a government elected by the people, by a majority composed of mostly Christians, and even though you claim that disallowing gay marriage is unconstitutional, you still vote against it! Your level of cognitive dissonance is astounding. Do you think that atheists are supporting or creating legislation to ban gay marriage? Would you vote on shellfish being made illegal or wearing mixed fibers? How about a law that forbid citizens to work on the Sabbath? After all, those commandments are from the same chapter of the bible.
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          by give me something i can work with on Dec 19, 2011 at 04:30 PM in reply to skirted again..
          im going to have to look that up, if im wrong i will grace you with my humblest apology. (christians crusading against desegregation). cause i cant imagine that being something a christian would do--and i should say i dont base my faith on other people and what they do, so it doesnt upset me or anything. same as the catholic reference--id never do that, i dont think God would want that. anyways, if im given a choice to vote on something, i will vote for what i believe in. thats my right, it doesnt make me a bigot--if you want to blame anyone, blame those in power who make it a choice. homosexuality is spoken about in more than just leviticus. in the bible it says 'it is detestable'. as far as ive checked--and i have checked, its not been changed to 'ok'. people like you are frightening because you take and twist the beliefs of christians in order to villify us and incite some sort of crusade against us. why? why do you work so hard to know so much about something you are trying to disprove? i imagine you dont love anything in this world so much as you hate christians, which sounds like a sad life. hope it all works out, and merry christmas to you.
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          by checked it out on Dec 19, 2011 at 05:19 PM in reply to skirted again..
          didnt see it. can you provide an unbiased link? unbiased being the operative word--found lots of 'opinion' pages, but nothing stating actual fact.
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          by Truth on Dec 19, 2011 at 06:54 PM in reply to skirted again..
          Who do you think made up the KKK? Atheists? You may claim that they weren't "true christians", but they believed they were and spread their hateful message on the back of scripture picked from the bible. Do a little googling on the "Citizen's Council" and see how they touted "Christian Love and Segregation" as a method of propaganda to influence. Seriously, go look into any of the 'underground' racist websites and forums out there to see how many thousands of them spout Christian beliefs and use them to justify their hate. Look at Bob Jones University, one of the most well-known fundamentalist schools in the country. They fought at the supreme court level to prevent students from engaging in inter-racial dating (and lost). It's out there, but I don't think you really want to see it.
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      by mmmkay on Dec 19, 2011 at 07:41 PM in reply to to truth, anonymous, and any other haters
      hey, im not afraid of history! the past. lots of evil people do things in the name of religion, that doesnt mean God doesnt exist! i have Jesus in my heart, my christian plight is on a day to day basis; im not worried about what other misguided people have done in the name of God--thats on them. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss, he was supposed to be one of His followers, so im not freaking out over people doing the same thing in modern times. yes it saddens me-the wesleyan pentecostal whatever church and their little silly sign saddens me actually, but i can sit around and be sad about it, or focus on my relationship with God. its more productive i think to do the latter. so you want to focus on what misguided people do in the name of God--whats the point of it (besides further fueling your hate and self justification)? to me its like accusing white southerners of supporting slavery. ive never owned a slave, if slavery was legal id be against it, but since white people owned slaves and im white..yeah i think you see where im going. i didnt see anything regarding desegregation as you posted, with christians leading the crusade against it, but even if it was, im not guilty of it, im DEFINITELY not in the kkk, and ive never seen anything about black people and white people not being able to be together in the bible. i speak for myself, but im guessing i could be speaking for a great percentage of christians as well. im guessing you dont have a valid reply for me, so like i said, merry christmas!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 at 02:19 PM
    Wake Up America! In reply to Anonymous We the christians are not going to leave America because we recognize what made this the greatest nation on the face of the earth. It is because of our forefathers that believed and trusted God for every decision they made from the Revolutionary war to the declaration of independence, and we also recognize times will change and we are ready for it. God it going to chastize and has already started because of this sinful peverted nation that has turned their backs on Him. Please God have mercy on us all!!!
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      by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 at 03:09 PM in reply to
      The founding fathers were Deists, not Christians, who did not believe the bible was true. look it up.
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        by Truth on Dec 16, 2011 at 05:02 PM in reply to
        To be fair, SOME of them were Deists. A couple gave the impression that they went either way with their religious views. A few were definitely Deist and a few were definitely Christian. Of course, If you search the entire constitution for the word "God", you're gonna come up empty handed. The best way to tell what policies they wanted to endure in this country is to look at legislation that they passed, like the Treaty of Tripoli.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2012 at 01:26 PM in reply to
      What made the country great? Slavery, near genocide of the native population, segregations? Wage slavery? Exploting workers and children? Please fill me in on what exactly makes America so wonderful?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    I just have to say that Truth I agree with all of your post 100% and I wish more people would open there eyes.
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      by Truth on Dec 16, 2011 at 05:04 PM in reply to
      Thanks, man. I don't have a problem with people having supernatural beliefs, but when those beliefs affect me and everyone else...then we have a problem.
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        by whats the prob?h on Dec 17, 2011 at 03:00 PM in reply to Truth
        how do my beliefs affect you, in any way?
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          by Truth on Dec 17, 2011 at 06:28 PM in reply to whats the prob?h
          When lots and lots of you decide to vote into law things which cause harm to others or repress their rights, based on religious belief. Beliefs can also harm when brought into school science classrooms under the guise of intelligent design and other pseudo-scientific hypotheses. Beliefs start wars and spread misinformation on a global scale. Take AIDS in Africa: the catholic church is one of the largest sources of info for the people there. They spread the message that condoms spread AIDS and do nothing to prevent it. Now look at Africa...highest AIDS rate and highest birthrate by far in the entire world. You can blame the people if you want, but they think they are being told the truth from a trusted source.
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          by tape my mouth shut on Dec 18, 2011 at 05:45 PM in reply to whats the prob?h
          tape my mouth shut and bind me up then, i will forgo my constitutional rights which every citizen is given in this country to serve your agenda. my sarcasm probably isnt carrying, but seriously--how stupid is that, to say we should not exercize our rights on something we believe in--THAT my friend, IS what america is all about! i dont know where you come from, but we are allowed to vote--who put this issue as one we vote on? not christians! we dont have any power, except that of our votes, and that should tell you something. by the way, im not a catholic, ive never been to africa, and ive never told anyone that condoms spread aids. stereotype much?
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          by Truth on Dec 18, 2011 at 07:14 PM in reply to whats the prob?h
          You're the one pulling the "stereotype card". Someone asked how beliefs affect me. I showed how beliefs can affect everyone. I never said YOU particularly or even generalized it as ALL christians, just the ones actually doing this stuff. You are victimizing yourself because you don't have a real rebuttal. "Who put this to a vote - not christians!"...really? I'm sure it was the atheists that proposed that gay marriage should be illegal. My agenda is to uphold the constitution and the bill of rights. Do you not believe we were all created equal and entitled to the right to pursue our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness? How does allowing gay people to marry in anyway take away from YOUR right to pursue life, liberty, or happiness? It doesn't.
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          by okayyyyy on Dec 19, 2011 at 05:30 PM in reply to whats the prob?h
          the person who asked was me. you said 'when lots and lots of YOU people'. and said 'decide to vote' (you know that american right we all have! lol!!). well who writes out the ballots? who introduces things to become laws? christians? and its not christians vs. atheists, thats just hilarious! its the GOVERNMENT who is in charge of which potential laws are presented. i cannot believe that its been years since this idea has been presented, and ultimately, the govt WILL have to concede that the only basis for not having gay marriage is a religious one--why stall? i love your statements on beliefs--its just golden. because whether you mean to or not, you believe there is no God. you believe that beliefs are bad. you be-oh you get it. by the way, no matter what you say, the universe DIDNT create itself (unless by universe you mean external permanent being, which is impossible if the universe has a beginning). but im sure scientists will come up with some incredible and fantastic theory for you to BELIEVE in.
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          by Truth on Dec 19, 2011 at 06:59 PM in reply to whats the prob?h
          The universe could have very well just always existed, and changed over time. We've never seen it end, have we? Making the assumption that since everything has a first cause, the universe must have a creator is illogical. If everything has a first cause, what created the creator? Why is it excluded from this idea? Why do we need to use a more complex explanation to explain something instead using the answer, "I Don't Know"? I don't know.
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          by yeah! on Dec 19, 2011 at 07:55 PM in reply to whats the prob?h
          oh hey, i COULDVE. depends on what you BELIEVE though. ps, if youre the scholar of the bible you say you are (and wow)then you know that God is and was and is to come. He was always there, a permanent entity which existed before creation nothing created Him, He was just always there. since our brains can only accept time constrained existences, i can see where you would find it illogical; it depends on what you BELIEVE. we could go round this all day and night--as far as ive learned, the universe has a beginning--i enjoy studying science, and this is the most recent thing ive seen, but maybe its changed. there is one theory that the universe pulsates and 're creates' every so often but even then--it would have to be set into motion by nothingness--and thats alot of energy from nowhere. and still yet, if you believed that-- it would be an 'it COULD have happened' as in, a belief in something you dont quite understand or are able to PROVE in order to justify your stance that God could NOT have created the universe. in the end i guess its whichever makes you look smarter.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011 at 08:52 PM
    I don't understand why this is such a big deal. It was wrong to vandalize the sign, no doubt. But posting a message like that is really just begging for trouble in the first place. I don't support the crime, but I can't say I support the message of the church either. From what some people have posted, it doesn't seem like this is the first time this church has posted a controversial message, which makes it seem like they're just asking for stuff like this to happen to draw attention to themselves.
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      by Anon on Dec 15, 2011 at 10:08 PM in reply to
      Agreed, 100%
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    It's the church's sign. They can post pretty much whatever they want to. People who react outwardly to signs that they don't agree with, a.k.a. vandalism of property, are lacking self-control, and probably have a limited knowledge of how to deal with daily 'perceived' insults. It's called 'acting like an adult'. Don't go to the church; ignore the sign. Go your own way, but don't do it violently like this.

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