A Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, is drawing the ire of Trump supporters by displaying a sign outside the church stating that a black vote for Donald Trump “is mental illness.”
One side of the sign in question reads: “A black vote for Trump is mental illness.”
The reverse side has this message on it: “A white vote for Trump is pure racism.”
Pastor Michael Jordan told local station WZDX exactly why he felt the sign is necessary, despite the controversy over it:
“God motivates me to take a stand for what’s right. Read the Bible and look in the White House. If they call me a racist, look in the White House.
“When you vote for Donald Trump, you are supporting institutionalized racism.”
As expected, those who voted for and support Trump are deeply offended, with Daxton Kirk saying he had spoken with city council of Birmingham to have the sign taken down, adding that people “should not be able to come into a building and feel like you are hated or diversified just because you came here to worship the Lord.”
Pastor Jordan, the Washington Post notes, isn’t the only religious leader who has expressed their views of the current president:
And in fact, some have used their platforms to speak in favor of the president. Robert Jeffress, the senior pastor at the prominent Texas megachurch First Baptist Dallas, has become a staunch supporter of the president and frequently appears on Fox News, Texas Monthly reported. He once called evangelical Christians who do not support Trump “spineless morons.”
Jordan has dealt with controversy before for messages he’s placed outside New Era. In 2018, shortly after a megachurch in the area announced it would place a satellite branch in Birmingham to combat crime, Jordan put up a sign reading “Black folks need to stay out of white churches.”
The current New Era sign certainly seems to reflect the overall consensus of African-American voters nationally. A July poll from Quinnipiac showed that 80 percent of black voters consider Trump to be a racist. Only 11 percent said he wasn’t.
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