The pastor of a Birmingham, Alabama, church posted a sign out front saying black people who vote for President Donald Trump are mentally ill, and white people who vote for him are racist, according to WVTM-TV.
Pastor Michael Jordan of New Era Baptist Church defended the sign, which read, "A black vote for Trump is mental illness" on one side and "A white vote for Trump is pure racism" on the other.
"God motivates me to take a stand for what's right," Jordan told WVTM. "Read the Bible. And look in the White House. If they're calling me a racist, look in the White House. When you vote for Donald Trump, you are supporting institutionalized racism."
Jordan already has a reputation as a racially divisive minister. In 2018, Jordan posted a sign that read, "Black folks need to stay out of white churches" on one side and "White folks refused to be our neighbors" on the other. The signs were a response to a megachurch opening a satellite campus in Birmingham to help reduce crime.
"You don't want to live next door to us, so why do you want to put a church here if they don't know us?" Jordan said at the time. "And I am condemning the black African Americans that worship white churches because the culture is so different."
Jordan's latest signs could put his church's tax-exempt status in jeopardy. Churches with tax-exempt status are not to "participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."
Some residents took issue with Jordan's political statement, and confronted him while he was being interviewed by WVTM outside his church. Watch below:
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