LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A Las Cruces Baptist church has gained notoriety for a doctored image of its sign that has gone viral.
In a meme posted on Twitter, the Temple Baptist Church’s sign is altered to read, “Please vote for Moore he is a man of god,” which is believed to be in reference to Roy Moore, the U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama accused of sexual misconduct.
Moore has denied the allegations.
By Friday, the meme had been retweeted about 5,700 times leading angry Twitter users to call out the church for what seemed be an endorsement for Moore.
The church has also received disgruntled calls as far away as Florida and California, said the Rev. Max Perkins.
“Some are very boisterous and had their opinions set before we could explain we had nothing to do with it,” he said. “We, as a church, don’t try to impose political views on anybody else.
The church’s marquee has been a subject in previous memes – images on social media intended to be humorous – over the years.
He is not sure where the viral meme came from, but believes it was created using a meme generator where anyone can type a message and overlay it on a real photo of the church’s marquee.
The church’s real sign currently displays Thanksgiving messages.