Friendship Baptist Church

Shown in this file photo is Friendship Baptist Church in Appomattox with a sign that reads “America: Love it or Leave it.”

Pastor E.W. Lucas of Friendship Baptist Church in Appomattox, preached his sermon on Sunday — the title of which were the words on his church sign that garnered national attention as a controversial slogan. The sign read: “America: Love it or Leave it!”

He preached his sermon regardless of negative backlash and an alleged threat received.


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