The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, and a local pastor are speaking out against a church’s sign that tells black people not to worship at white churches as part of its opposition to a megachurch’s plan to plant a campus in one of the city’s most violent neighborhoods.
The sign at the predominantly-black New Era Baptist Church reads: “BLACK FOLKS NEED TO STAY OUT OF WHITE CHURCHES. On the other side, the sign states: “WHITE FOLKS REFUSED TO BE OUR NEIGHBORS.”
The sign was put up by Pastor Michael R. Jordan, a black pastor who is accusing a nearby megachurch of racism. The pastor told WVTM 13 that he put up the sign in response to plans by the state’s largest megachurch to plant a “white church in a black neighborhood under the umbrella, supposedly, to fight crime.”
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