The Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle church in Tennessee recently put up a message that stated, "Remember Satan was the first to demand equal rights."
A picture of the sign was posted on Facebook, and offended folks online and in the Knoxville community.
"And when you say you're asking for your equal rights, who's asking for their equal rights and who are you comparing to Satan? That was very strong language," resident Rick Staples told WBIR.
Resident Andy Henry added, "It's clearly a sign that was meant to offend a particular community, the LGBT community."
However, Pastor Tony Greene claimed he was not talking about any specific group.
"Be careful when you demand your equal rights that you don't hurt others around you. You've got to consider everyone around you," Pastor Greene told WBIR.
However, it's not clear how demanding equal rights hurts other people.
Pastor Greene told WATE:
The sign that spoke and referenced Satan demanding his equal rights to ascend up into the heavens and be God was simply "I" all about that individual. It was not a statement against any one group in particular, you know what about the rights of, you know, the unborn babies, the rights of children, the rights of everyone?
Even though his sign caused division, Pastor Greene added, "My heart breaks in the dividedness of our country."
Pastor Greene said that his church had a diverse congregation, but changed his sign to read, "Glad you reading, did not intend to offend, we all need Christ."