Target: Robert Lee, pastor of the Ten Commandments Church
Goal: Remove violently homophobic sign from church grounds that calls for the death of gay people.
Gay people are committing sin and deserve to die for it, according to a sign reportedly erected by Pastor Robert Lee outside the Ten Commandments Church in Milledgeville, Georgia. This kind of incitement to violence cannot be tolerated. Demand that this violently homophobic sign be removed at once.
The Ten Commandments Church has been known for years for its strictly anti-gay views, but its latest roadside sign has embroiled it in controversy once again. The sign, put in place by Pastor Lee, tells all those who have the misfortune of reading it that “homosexuality is a death worthy crime [sic].”
When confronted about his church sign’s content, Lee refused to give in. Instead, he dug deeper, saying that he was “merely quoting scripture” and referencing the ongoing struggle for marriage equality with “the institution of marriage was instituted by God and it should not be changed by people who deserve not to live.”
This kind of violent religious rhetoric is dangerous when members of the LGBT community are regularly subjected to harassment, discrimination, and violence just for being who they are. Sign the petition below to demand that Pastor Lee remove this hateful sign from his church at once.
Dear Pastor Lee,
I am writing you today regarding the sign you recently posted outside your church allegedly saying that gay people are committing a “death worthy crime.” This kind of rhetoric is hateful and fuels cycles of violence that leave LGBT people around the country hurt and killed just for being who they are.
You are entitled to your religious beliefs, but the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression should ideally coincide with a hefty sense of responsibility. Effectively calling for the death of a certain community of Americans is dangerous, especially when that community is already extremely marginalized.
Gay people around the country are already subjected to undue harassment, violence, and sometimes death just because they are gay. Though this fact may not be objectionable to you given your apparent view of gay people, you must understand that such hate cannot be tolerated in a modern society.
Despite your seemingly sincere belief that you are speaking fundamental truths, it should be clear that your language is making many people uncomfortable at best, and fearful for their physical safety at worst. I demand that you remove this violent sign from your church at once.
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