Congregation Walks Out in Protest of Virginia Pastor’s Trump-Supporting Sign “America: Love or Leave It”

This image taken from video provided by WSET-TV shows a sign “America: Love it or Leave It.” posted outside the Friendship Baptist Church in Appomattox, Va., on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Amid a national furor over President Donald Trump’s tweet urging four Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to their home countries, Pastor E. W. Lucas is gaining attention with the sign at his church (WSET-TV via AP) . MANDATORY CREDIT LYNCHBURG AND ROANOKE OUT

A Virginia pastor is now facing backlash from his congregation after he publicly promoted a church sign that reads, “America: Love or leave it.”

Pastor E. W. Lucas of Friendship Baptist Church in Appomattox said during the Sunday service, some members of his church instigated a walkout because of the negative national attention his church has received, according to an interview with ABC 13. He is refusing, however, to back down from his position.

“I’ve tried to be honest,” Lucas said. “I’ve tried to do what’s right. But I believe in my country. I love my country. And I don’t mind standing up for the country.”

Lucas’ church sign came after President Donald Trump suggested in controversial tweets that four congresswomen — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. — should “go back” to where they came from if they disagreed with his policies and “help fix the totally broken and crime infested places” and “then come back and show us how it is done.”

Three of the congresswomen are U.S. citizens.

Some identified Trump’s tweets as a racist trope.

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” Trump said in the tweets.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair