Billboards are popping up in several parts of Ohio claiming "Jesus is Muslim".
Islam faith practitioner and Columbus,Ohio resident, Kenneth Tour, claims
The sign's purpose is to "spark discussion about religion." “When we say Jesus is Muslim, someone who is Muslim, what that means is, someone who submits to God.”
The controversial billboards are paid for by "Ask-A-Muslim.com" and the website is run by Omar Mosque, who believes "clearing up the many misconceptions about Islam will make this world a better place." Other messages from the billboards include "Muslims love Jesus too" and "A Muslim is someone who submits to God's will."
Dave Daubenmire head of the Christian Ministry Pass the Salt has held rallys against the billboards.
"Regardless of the intent of the message, people are getting offended," said Daubenmire. “The ‘Jesus is Muslim’ one is just really the one that jumped out at me, because I saw that, number one, as a blatant lie.”
In a press release sent to Christian Newswire, Daubenmire wrote “Although we support the Islamic community's right to free speech, as well as their right to post messages on billboards, we do not support the hi-jacking of the name of Jesus Christ in their attempt to lure uninformed Christians into their religion.”
Dave Daubenmire, Reverend Rusty Thomas of Operation Save America and other Ohio spiritual leaders held a, “Jesus is Lord” prayer rally near the billboard this past weekend in Columbus.