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Fake image of church supporting Alabama candidate goes viral

The Associated Press and Kassi Nelson
December 01, 2017 10:24 PM

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A Las Cruces Baptist church has gained notoriety for a doctored image of its sign that has gone viral.

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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.

The meme has been retweeted over 5,600 times leading angry Twitter users to call out the church for what seemed be an endorsement for Moore.

The Rev. Max Perkins says the church has also received disgruntled calls as far away as Florida and California. He is not sure where the meme came from.

In Albuquerque, one youth pastor says the situation is a clear example of people not stopping to question what they see online in the Digital Age. 

"That people would pick that up, then share it on the Internet as fact, that was the shocking part," said Bill Connors of Eastern Hills Baptist Church. "People don't want to take the time to know the truth. I guess there's nothing we can really do about that; it's the Internet."

Some people on Twitter pointed out the picture is fake, but others responded in anger saying, "Baptists. Totally lost and confused."

A quick Google search shows multiple websites that allow people to create fake messages on real church signs. 

"There's no way to fight against that because it's going to spread so virally on the Internet," Connors said. 

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