First Baptist Church Pastor, Robert Jeffress is fighting back after he says his church was forced to take down 2 billboards advertising his upcoming sermon, “America is a Christian Nation.” Jeffress said the day after the billboards went up, the Dallas Morning News published two articles characterizing their content as “hateful” and “divisive.” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings was quoted in one of the articles. Jeffress says the articles were sent to the company that created the billboards, Outfront Media, which ended up taking them down and cancelling its contract with First Baptist Dallas. The company pointed to the Dallas Morning News articles as the reason.”
Jeffress is questioning Rawlings and the city of Dallas. “We do not object to the billboard company’s right to refuse to post our message,” Jeffress said. “What we do object to is the city of Dallas, its mayor and any other officials indirectly interfering with our church’s right to publish its own message.” “Our question is simple: Did the city of Dallas directly or indirectly threaten the billboard company? If so, that is illegal,” Jeffress added. Scott Goldstein, a spokesman from Rawlings’ office, said Rawlings had “no communication” with Outfront Media. “A Dallas Morning News reporter asked him his opinions about the billboard and he shared them. That was it,” Goldstein said.
The “America is a Christian Nation” sermon Jeffress says, is based on Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” “My message was designed to point out the historical evidence that our nation was founded by Orthodox Christians who believed that the future of our nation depended upon our adherence to Christian principles,” Jeffress said. “The title did not come from me. It originated from John Jay, first chief justice of the Supreme Court, and was found in two different Supreme Court rulings,” he went on. Since cutting ties with Outfront Media, Jeffress said another company has offered to put up 20 billboards in the Dallas area.
Source: CBN News