In Australia, Baptist churches around the country are featuring a “Jesus Loves Osama” sign. Prime Minister John Howard is hopping mad, as well as some religious leaders there — but they have admitted that the sentiment expressed on the sign is true, according to Christian beliefs.

One sign outside the Central Baptist Church in downtown Sydney also had a smaller footnote saying “Jesus said: `Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”‘

…A photograph of the sign was published in The Daily Telegraph newspaper on Thursday, prompting debate about whether it was a suitable message.

Prime Minister John Howard said something else would have been better.

“I understand the Christian motivation of the Baptist church,” Howard told reporters. “But I hope they will understand that a lot of Australians, including many Australian Christians, will think that the prayer priority of the church on this occasion could have been elsewhere.”

margie b-well, who sent this item in, points to the Rapture Ready “End Times Chat” message board for an interesting comment on this sign from someone named “Myth Buster”:

Of course He does, that’s why He died for him. Jesus doesn’t like to have to kill people, but He’s certainly prepared to if they spurn His grace.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding