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N.C. pastor stands by sign saying Koran should be flushed
(FOREST CITY) - A Baptist minister in Forest City refuses to apologize for a church sign saying the Muslim Koran should be flushed.
The Reverend Creighton Lovelace of Danieltown Baptist Church says he believes it's a statement that the Bible is above any other religious book "that does not teach Christ as savior and lord."
He says he knew some people would disagree with the sign but his church needs to stand up for what's right.
Local Muslim Seema Riley says the sign that reads "The Koran needs to be flushed" angered her.
The Pakistan native says she moved to Rutherford County, about 60 miles west of Charlotte, for the "small-town friendly" atmosphere.
She says the sign doesn't reflect what the county is about.
The sign is an apparent reference to a recent retracted Newsweek magazine article that said US interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had flushed a Koran down the toilet to get inmates to talk. The story touched off riots.