NC Billboard Supporting Trump Travel Ban Ignites Controversy

A controversial North Carolina billboard has drawn criticism for referring to the 9/11 terror attack in promoting President Trump’s travel ban.

The billboard on I-40 in Catawba County says “why support President Trump’s immigration ban? 19 Muslim immigrants killed 2977 Americans. September 11, 2001.”

Some find the billboard hateful, WSOC-TV reported on Friday.

“I believe in the Christian way and that’s to embrace everybody,” a man named Oliver Reitzell told the station. “Kind of the hate message behind it. I’m not for that.”

An associate pastor Paul Cummings said the billboard contradicts teachings from the Bible.

“My opinion is that I think these people need the saving gospel of Jesus more than I need to be protected,” Cummings told the station. “I’m perfectly willing for people who are hostile to us, to be in our country, because that’s what loving your enemy is all about.”

A group called the North Carolina Pastors Network paid for the billboard and has refused to remove it.

“This has nothing whatsoever to do with hatred or hostility toward anyone that comes from a background,” Dave Kistler, the group’s president, told WCNC-TV. “I have dear friends that are Muslim.”

The station points out that the 19 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Lebanon. Those countries are not part of the president’s travel ban.

The U.S. appeals court in Virginia ruled Thursday that the Trump revised ban violated constitutional rights.

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  • May 29, 2017 at 10:20 pm
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    Some of the members of the church should start checking into what is happening in Europe since all of the EU has allowed Muslim migrants to flood into all the countries set up Sharia law side by side with the legal laws of the small countries. In other words the Muslim Brotherhood has taken over Europe told the host countries what they wanted and got it. Many of these people live off the generous public benefits the towns and cities pay them but what happens to the taxpayers that have to work to supply all of the taxes needed to feed and shelter these migrants??? That is exactly what will happen to the U.S. if the thousands of so called refugees being brought to the U.S. is not brought to a stop. This what President Trump was trying to do to put a stop to it.

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