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Church's 'loving warning' to gay teens: 'I kissed a girl...then I went to hell'

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Katy Perry's pop hit about a girl-on-girl kiss has prompted an Ohio church to expand on the message on its roadside sign, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

"It's not something that is really a shock if you're a scriptural person," said the Rev. Dave Allison of the 100-member Havens Corners Church in Blacklick, Ohio. "We meant that as a loving warning to teens."

"The Scriptures," Allison added, "tell us that you should not do what the song tells you to do. The Scriptures are not ambiguous on this issue."

Equality Ohio director Lynne Bowman acknowledged the church's right to its beliefs and notes that at least 300 churches in Ohio are more welcoming than Havens Corners. "That sign just tells [people] where they cannot go to find the love and faith in Christ," she said.

"It's just rude," said local resident Wendy Olinski. "At first I have to say I laughed hysterically because I was shocked...It was obvious: 'If you're gay, you're going to hell.'"

"But that's going way too far," she added.


Originally published on Thursday September 4, 2008.

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