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Blacklick, OH (WFLX) - By now, you've probably heard the smash hit of the summer "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry. But one Ohio church is not puckering up.
The pastor put up a sign warning people that behavior could send them to Hell!
The sign reading: "I kissed a girl and I liked it. Then I went to Hell" was only up at the Havens Corners Church in Blacklick, OH for 24 hours before the preacher took it down. But, in that time, it caused quite a stir.
"I kissed a girl, and I like it. The taste of her cherry Chapstick." It's been one of the hit songs of the summer heard constantly on top 40 radio stations.
But when Rev. David Allison heard the song: "I couldn't believe it. I was shocked." So, he decided to do something about it.
Rev. Allison put up the sign at his church, Havens Corners Church of Christ of Christian Union in Blacklick which is outside of Columbus.
He came up with the wording himself. It said: 'I kissed a girl, and I liked it. Then, I went to Hell', and, instantly, people reacted.
"I'm a Christian, but to me it's too judgmental," commented one.
"It sounds judgmental, and I'm Christian, and I believe you can't judge people before you know them," defended another.
One more said, "I don't think the church should be involved with anything like that."
Kim Welter of Equality, Ohio, a Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Group, also reacted. "For all of those religious, gay and transgender people that are out across Ohio that are looking for a home, the sign that appeared here yesterday is in an indication that this is not the place for them."
But Rev. Allison says that's not the case, and gay and lesbians are welcome at his church if they agree to change their lifestyle.
He also says he worries how the song may influence young people. Due to the controversy surrounding the sign and the fact that many of his older parishioners just didn't get it, Rev. Allison took the sign down, but, he says, his message is clear. "We're trying to give a loving warnings. Admittedly, because of the brevity of the sign, it didn't come across that loving. You can't stay in your sin and be a Christian.
While members of Equality, Ohio think the reverend is out of touch. "I don't see this as a reflection of that many religious folks here in Ohio.