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Right in Front of God and Everybody

“This Message is for Dyslexic Athiests: There is a Dog!” read the sign in front of the Christ Gospel Tabernacle Church in St. Clair Shores, Mich. “I saw it and I couldn’t believe it,” complained passerby Latoya Bond, a local school administrator. “I was offended by it. People who have dyslexia, they have a disability. It’s very insensitive to put something like this in the public eye.” When she complained to the church, she says, they told her “Moses in the Bible had a disability. He had a speech impediment. The purpose is to display that God can use all people no matter what their disability is.” But Bond “didn’t buy it” and remains offended. “I’m not offended by atheists, I’m offended by the word dyslexia.” (RC/WJBK Detroit) ...As a school administrator, you’d think she’d be offended that they couldn’t spell “atheist” right.
Regarding the “offensive” church sign, WJBK Detroit, which is a Fox affiliate, did point out that “atheist” was misspelled on the sign. They haven’t noticed their own misspelling, though: in their story’s dateline, they identified the town as “ST CLAIR SHOES, MIch.” (capitalization from original). Four weeks after posting it, it still says that. Some rough-shod work, that!
Original Publication Date: 07 August 2016
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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