Some residents in Hood River, Oregon, are upset over the Belmont Drive Missionary Baptist Church's sign that bashes Muslims and Islam (video below).
The sign reads: "Wake up Christians. Allah is not our God. Muhammad not greater than Jesus" on one side and "Only the Bible is God's word. 'Holy book.' Koran is just another book" on the other side.
"I literally had to stop and back up and make sure I saw what I saw and I was profoundly offended and upset by it," Eric Cohn, a local resident, told KATU.
"I was really annoyed and sad," Hood River Mayor Paul Blackburn added. "I am annoyed that in this political season there's a solid case of ugly going on. I think it norms up this kind of behavior and makes people feel like, 'Oh, it's okay to be a bigot now.'"
Cohn wrote about the sign in a letter to the editor of the local paper, which upset the author of the sign's message, Pastor Michael Harrington.
"This one guy wrote in here that I'm a terrorist almost," Harrington said. "You ought to see what he put in here."
Harrington defended his sign, which he asserts doesn't attack Muslims or Islam.
"I'm not politically correct," Harrington told the news station. "I've never been politically correct, but I think I'm Biblically correct and that's what matters to me. It isn't against any particular denomination or anything else. It's just a fact that I have taught and will continue to teach that I have one God, one way of salvation, and one Bible that's holy."
Harrington did not explain what compelled him to tell Christians not to worship Allah, read the Bible instead of the Koran, or follow Jesus instead of Muhammad.
Harrington added that people who don't like the sign's messages can come to his church to talk about it over coffee and doughnuts; no word on if he's had any takers.
Some conservative websites have rushed to Harrington's defense.
"By taking offense at this sign, Hood River Mayor Paul Blackburn is essentially saying that one must become Muslim in order to avoid charges of bigotry," Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch wrote in a May 16 article.
However, Blackburn was never reported to have advocated religious conversion.
Mad World News ran the headline: "Muslims Demand 'Bigoted' Church Sign Removal, Pastor Has Perfect Reply," though there was no report of any demands made by Muslims.