Controversial sign taken down from Sayville church leaves some in community angry

A representative for the church told News 12 that this was a “mistake” and that they hope this doesn’t tarnish the church’s reputation in the community.

Cecilia Dowd

Mar 5, 2024, 10:56 PM

Updated 44 days ago

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A sign recently placed outside the Sayville United Methodist Church read: “Heaven has strict immigration laws. Hell has open borders."
While the sign has since been taken down, it raised some eyebrows.
The pastor of the church told News 12 that she didn’t know about it, was “furious” when she found out and said it was then immediately taken down.
She said the man who put it up had been putting up signs for years, and that going forward, he will not be doing "sign ministry" by himself.
A representative for the church told News 12 that this was a “mistake” and that they hope this doesn’t tarnish the church’s reputation in the community.
Yaritza Mendez is with Make the Road NY, a nonprofit. She described the sign as “horrible” and said she believes that every person, no matter their religious belief, their gender or where they come from, should be welcome in the United States.
Tom Keyes, of Sayville, said he wasn’t offended by the sign and that “it’s a free country.”
But Judy Pinnella, of Babylon, who cited separation of church and state, said it’s “disturbing.”


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