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Why this seemingly innocent sign outside a church has prompted FURY in a Queensland country town

Why this seemingly innocent church sign has prompted FURY in a country town – as locals insist it is ‘extremely naive’ to think the unfortunate phrasing wasn’t intentional

  • Queensland church sign labelled ‘disgusting’ after unfortunate wording 
  • Wesleyan Methodist Church in Gympie posted message on billboard last week
  • Locals said anyone was ‘extremely naive’ thinking words weren’t on purpose 

A sign on a Queensland church has been labelled ‘disgusting’ after unfortunate wording resulted in a hilarious double-entendre on the building.

Wesleyan Methodist Church in Gympie, a country town north of Brisbane, displayed the message on the place of worship’s billboard last week reading: ‘The best way to the top is on your knees’.

But some local churchgoers failed to see the humour in it, saying someone must be  ‘extremely naive’ to write such words without realising the double meaning.

‘This is disgusting. It wouldn’t be allowed in any other sector and the fact this is a church makes it even more despicable,’ an angry local told the Courier Mail.

Wesleyan Methodist Church in Gympie, a country town north of Brisbane, displayed the message on the place of worship’s billboard which angered local residents

The sign, runs along Exhibition Road near the town’s Showgrounds which often holds fetes for children and families. 

‘To think they didn’t know what they were doing is extremely naive,’ another added. 

Wesleyan Methodist Church broadcast the message overlooking a show over the weekend, which drove several people to call the church and complain. 

The church’s reverend Gary McClintock said it was ‘sad’ anyone would think it was ‘intend for any double meaning’ and urged people to approach him at the 9am Sunday service if they had any problems.  

‘Kneeling in prayer has been a long term practice of worshippers around the world,’ he said.

‘I am sorry if the sign has offended anyone. The purpose is not to offend; the purpose is to call people to prayer and to consider Christ.’

The church's reverend Gary McClintock said it was 'sad' anyone would think it was 'intend for any double meaning'

The church’s reverend Gary McClintock said it was ‘sad’ anyone would think it was ‘intend for any double meaning’



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