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'Bruce Jenner is still a man': Protesters fume over 'anti-gay' church sign in California


'Homosexuality is still sin'

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A church sign declaring homosexuality sinful and Bruce Jenner — who now goes by the name "Caitlyn" — "a man" has ignited a firestorm of controversy in northern California.

What's going on?

The sign — outside Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church in Lake Shastina, California — reads: "Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not."

The church posted the sign in early January to reflect "that while the culture may change, the Bible does not," pastor Justin Hoke told the Sacramento Bee.

"The culture is now demanding that we call 'good' what the Bible calls evil," Hoke said.

According to the Bee, local progressives, declaring the sign hateful and exclusionary, have staged several protests, including last Sunday, the day churches gather for their weekly worship services.

Unfortunately, some protesters, angered by the sign's anti-politically correct message, chose to vandalize the church property last Tuesday, scrambling the letters and damaging the sign.

"They broke not only the plexiglas and stole some of the Letters, they also busted the power box," Hoke wrote on Facebook along with a picture showing the damage.

On Thursday, Hoke said the sign had been restored.

It's not immediately clear who is responsible for the vandalism. Amelia Mallory, a protest event organizer, told KDRV-TV that whoever damaged the sign does not belong to her group.

"While we all objected strongly to the message that they displayed publicly, we condemn the use of violence and destruction of property that this person responsible has chosen. To our knowledge, nobody affiliated with our peaceful rally was involved, and if we do become aware of the culprit we will be informing the local authorities," Mallory said.

Mallory said her group is planning another demonstration this Sunday, Jan. 13, only this time to raise money to repair the church's sign.

"To show our love for our neighboring church, despite the dogma they preach, we have decided that this Sunday at our rally we will have a collection to help the church with repairs to their sign. While we are donating with no strings attached, we do hope that pastor Hoke will reflect on the generosity of those he rebukes before posting another similar message," Mallory explained.

Anything else?

Hoke announced Saturday that he was leaving the church after a disagreement with an elder stemming from the controversy.

This story has been updated to reflect Hoke's departure from the church.

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