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NC billboard support of Trump travel ban ignites controversy with a 9/11 reference

A controversial North Carolina billboard criticism to refer to the 9/11 terrorist attack in the promote of President Trump ‘ s travel ban.

The billboard on I-40 in Catawba County, says, “why support a President Trump immigration ban? 19 Muslim immigrants killed 2977 Americans. On September 11, 2001.”

Some may find the billboard hateful, WSOC-TV reported on Friday.

“I believe in the Christian way and that is to embrace everyone,” a man named Oliver Reitzell told the station. “Kind of hate comment. I’m not for.”

An associate pastor Paul Cummings said the billboard is in contradiction with the teachings of the Bible.

“My opinion is that I think these people need the saving gospel of Jesus more than I need to be protected,” Cummings told the station. “I am perfectly willing for people who are hostile to us, to our country, because that is what loving your enemy.”

A group called the North Carolina Pastors Network paid for the billboard and has refused to remove it.

“This has nothing to do with hate or hostility towards someone who comes from a background,” Dave Kistler, the group’s president, told WCNC-TV. “I have the best friends who are Muslim.”

The station points out that the 19 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon. These countries are not part of the Trump’s travel ban.

The U.S. court of appeals in Virginia ruled Thursday that the Trump revised ban violated the constitutional rights.

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