NORTH CAROLINA — A billboard supporting President Trump’s travel ban is receiving criticism for highlighting the facts of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. The billboard reads: “Why support President Trump’s immigration ban? 19 Muslim immigrants killed 2977 Americans. September 11, 2001.”
Calling the billboard ad “hateful,” some residents have called for it to be removed from its location on I-40 in Catawba County. “I believe in the Christian way, and that’s to embrace everybody,” said Oliver Reitzell, noting that he believes there’s a message of “hate” behind the words.
The North Carolina Pastors Network sponsored the billboard and says they have no intention of taking it down. “This has nothing whatsoever to do with hatred or hostility toward anyone that comes from a Muslim background,” said President Dave Kistler, adding, “I have dear friends that are Muslim.”
Another local pastor, Paul Cummings, disagrees with the billboard. He believes there should be love shown to our enemies. “My opinion is that I think these people need the saving gospel of Jesus more than I need to be protected,” Cummings said. “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.”
“I think the numbers are powerful enough in themselves,” said another resident in support of the billboard. “So, if you look at it and think something is wrong about it, it makes [me] wonder about you.”
While covering the story, WSOC-TV pointed out that 19 of the 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Lebanon. None of the three countries are included in President Trump’s proposed travel ban.
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