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Pastor: Church sign condemning Beyonce’s baby was Internet vandalism

churchsignThe pastor of a small church in North Carolina has been besieged by the media since TMZ posted a photo of the church sign altered by some misguided soul to call the child of Beyonce and Jay-Z “Satan.”

But the Rev. Curtis Barbery told the Fayetteville, N.C. Observer that the photo was an Internet spoof, where someone apparently used Photoshop instead of physically changing the letters on the sign to post the message.

The sign, he said, has read “Jesus is the reason for the season” since Thanksgiving.

Barbery told the Fayetteville Observer that he hadn’t heard about any problem with the sign until TMZ contacted him. He disputes the TMZ account that says he changed the sign after complaints from the community. TMZ posted this update on its story about the sign: “We assure you 100%, the pastor made the claims in question … and we continue to stand by our story.”

During his interview with the newspaper Barbery worked in a little Bible lesson.

“Listen, Satan was here a long time before her baby was born,” he told the Observer. “We would never imply that anybody’s baby was Satan. We’re not in that kind of business, condemning people.”

In somewhat related news Us magazine reports Beyonce and Jay-Z had two private suites built at NYCs Lenox Hill Hospital exclusively for Blue Ivy’s arrival.

A hospital source told Us that six to eight rooms were converted into the two suites, which feature luxe accents such as mahogany walls. Meanwhile hospital spokespeople are combatting stories of non-famous parents being inconvenienced during the tiny celebrity’s debut.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

14 comments Add your comment

RICK

January 12th, 2012
9:52 am

WHO CARES IS IS SATAN

Valerie

January 12th, 2012
10:28 am

This story is getting more and more bizarre

shay

January 12th, 2012
10:31 am

Let it go and let these people enjoy their baby. My goodness.

JJ

January 12th, 2012
10:34 am

They’re getting more attention as the days go by — WOW.

Harold

January 12th, 2012
11:40 am

As always, link out of the AJC to the actual story being rereported.. Maybe the ReRe’s at AJC can win a PuPuPulitzer for the ReReporting

back2bama

January 12th, 2012
11:41 am

@Jennifer Brett please let this go it’s just nonsense and shouldn’t be given another minute of attention….

betty

January 12th, 2012
12:53 pm

Its a shame that anybody would say anything about the couple baby what if somebody talked about you and you family and said all kind of nasty things about you get a life because you words can’t either work for you are against you. jealous one

Wow!!

January 12th, 2012
12:59 pm

Who gives it attention? The media. Typical.

bulldawgbob

January 12th, 2012
2:07 pm

TMZ will distort anything. They are scum.

pm

January 12th, 2012
2:26 pm

with parents with values as these two have it’ll be divine intervention for this child to be anything but a self-absorbed, narcissistic fool. The lady and her husband are doing themselves no favor by squandering their money every which way (who cares about the poor in need in this world) and no doubt will not be doing a favor to the innocent they’ve brought into this world. Just watch and we’ll be seeing horrors of what this 18-year-old’ll be doing in 18 years.

keith

January 12th, 2012
3:29 pm

hope blue gets her talent gene from mama, dad has none

[...] According to TMZ, a NC church posted on it’s outdoor church sign “Beyonce Had Her Baby Satan is on Earth.”  TMZ claims in it’s article that the pastor of the church, Beulah Hill Baptist Church, said that he became aware of the sign after numerous complaints, and fixed it immediately.  The pastor has claimed that he never made that statement to TMZ, that the sign never said that, it was an internet photoshop hoax. [...]

Billy Bob Thornton

January 13th, 2012
2:51 pm

I thought Bristol Palin’s baby was satan. Are those two going to fight it out now?

roz

January 14th, 2012
2:16 pm

Congrats to Beyonce and Jay Z…..I will continue to be fans of both….just so many haters out there….Fly above your haters Beyonce and Jay Z …..you both have talent…..$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$