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Church Sign Violates County Rule

September 4, 2012 by  

Church Sign Violates County Rule
SCREENSHOT
Officials told the Church of the Good Shepherd in Vienna, Va., its sign didn't comply with Fairfax County code.

The Church of the Good Shepherd in Vienna, Va., is being corralled by Fairfax County because of its sign. The church’s LED sign changed more than twice during a 24-hour period, a violation of county code.

One of the offending messages was an invitation for citizens to sit in air-conditioning after a storm knocked out power to many homes.

“Welcome, come on in and beat the heat,” the sign read.

The next message read, “Visit us at goodshpherdva.com.”

Had the church stopped with two messages, it would have been fine. But when a third message appeared within a 24-hour period advertising a prayer group, the church was told it would have to comply by county code or remove the sign.

The church believes it should have the freedom to post multiple messages a day, such as emergency information important to the community. It thinks that a person who angrily complained about “that Las Vegas sign” influenced the county.

The Church of the Good Shepherd views the county’s rule as an infringement on its freedom of speech and has hired an attorney.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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