Back in April of this year a South Carolina put this on his church marquee. Of course, you have to keep in mind that in that part of the country you expect people whose names rhyme to be siblings. Hayden and Jaiden, for example. Billy Ray and Tammy Faye.
But it turns out it wasn’t just a simple jump to a wrong conclusion.
[Pastor Roger] Byrd said that the message wasn’t meant to be racial or political.
“It’s simply to cause people to realize and to see what possibly could happen if we were to get someone in there that does not believe in Jesus Christ,” he said.
When asked if he believes that Barack Obama is Muslim, Byrd said, “I don’t know. See it asks a question: Are they brothers? In other words, is he Muslim? I don’t know. He says he’s not. I hope he’s not. But I don’t know. And it’s just something to try to stir people’s minds. It was never intended to hurt feelings or to offend anybody.”
Obama has said repeatedly during his campaign that he is a Christian and attends Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, where his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright has also been criticized for many of his remarks from the pulpit.
So he tried to stir people’s minds. Perhaps that’s a less demanding version of thinking.