'Jesus loves Osama' church signs draw criticism
Published Thursday, February 1, 2007 1:37PM EST
SYDNEY, Australia - A sign that reads "Jesus Loves Osama" that is outside some churches in Australia is drawing criticism from the government and other religious leaders.
Although, they concede it is probably true according to Christian beliefs.
One sign outside the Central Baptist Church in downtown Sydney also had a smaller footnote -- quote -- "Jesus said: `Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.'''
Several other churches in the city had similar signs urging prayers for Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda terrorist leader.
Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen says churches that posted the sign were obviously trying to illustrate Christian teaching that God loves everybody -- no matter how evil their sins.
But he says the signs imply that bin Laden is doing the right thing.
The Telegraph quotes a Central Baptist Church official as saying Jesus Christ loves everyone in the world, even bin Laden.
The official says all they're doing is sharing the Christian gospel.