FOREST CITY, NYC. 25 May-- A Baptist minister in North Carolina is refusing to apologize for a church sign that says the Muslim Quran should be flushed.
The Rev. Creighton Lovelace, of Danieltown Baptist Church, says right is right, and he feels he was right when he posted a message outside his church condemning the Quran, reported Greenville-Spartanburg TV station WYFF.
"I cannot change my position just because it may offend someone else," Lovelace said.
Lovelace said he put the sign up in response to a Newsweek article that falsely accused U.S.soldiers of flushing the Quran down a toilet at the Guantamo Bay detention center. Newsweek later retracted that story, but not before the article sparked riots in some Muslim parts of world, killing at least 15 people.
Lovelace said he's received a few complaints about the sign, but that he stands by it.
"Where is the desecration of the Quran? Because from the viewpoint of Christ -- the Bible -- 66 books is his revealed word to mankind. Any other book trying to state they are God's revealed message to mankind would be false," Lovelace said.
He said he has a right and responsibility to expose what he calls false teachings to the world.
"Our position is that we stand on the Bible -- God's word -- and that any other book that teaches a way to God that is not scripture is false. It is wrong. It is not correct," Lovelace said.
However, even some of those who agree with his message disagree with Lovelace's display, WYFF reported.
" I don't know that I would put the sign out there, but the truth is the truth," said Jamie Hawkins, a Baptist church member.
Lovelace said he would keep the sign up until Friday.