More reaction Friday from East Texas ministers on the sign outside Woodland Hills Baptist Church. We asked for their opinion about the appropriateness of the sign that compares New Orleans to Sodom and Gomorrah, especially when so many evacuees are now staying in East Texas.
Darryl Bowdre, the Pastor of South Central Church of Christ, "I got a phone call about it Saturday, so I went over and turned around in the parking lot and looked in disbelief. New Orleans has no more sin than Tyler, Texas. Sin is sin, regardless of where it is and God does not operate like that."
Juan Salinas, the Assistant Pastor of St. Paul's Methodist Church says, "I think that we should be thinking of helping those people instead of criticizing them or pointing our finger to them for the catastrophe that happened to them. As we point one finger, 3 are pointing at us."
Rev. Jerome Milton, Pastor at Pleasant Hills Missionary Baptist Church said this of the sign, "It is a disgrace. It says nothing about the grace of our Lord and Savior, about Jesus Christ. Here in Tyler as an ecumenical people, this is not how we heal people."