A few church signs has a local pastor and the city battling it out to determine what's right.
The City of Oakwood said the West Hall Baptist Church was violating the city sign ordinance by having a few banners up, but the pastor said that wasn't the case.
The city said it's not the size, shape, or even what it says that's causing problems, it's the simple fact the church hasn't gotten a permit for it. Pastor Michael Reynolds said he shouldn't need one.
With this much controversy you would think the sign would have a political agenda or racial slur, but it doesn't.
"Sign just has name of the church and time of service. That's all it says," said Reynolds.
The city said that's not the point. It said Oakwood's sign ordinance is just like every other city's.
"The bottom line is we're trying to look after the good appearance of community and trying to keep some order in community," said City Manager Stan Brown.
But the pastor said the ordinance shouldn't apply to his church because the constitution doesn't allow the city to regulate religion.
"It's just promotion of our faith and I've just seen enough intrusion by government that I don't think they have business doing that."
It's an argument the city said just isn't necessary, especially considering the permit would be free because the church is a nonprofit. It's something the city said other churches already take advantage of.
"We've had this with several other churches and it's not been an issue. We have three churches right now that have permits for signs. They let us know, we get them permits, then they take them down when done," said Brown.
Reynolds said he finds that very hard to believe.
"I just can't imagine all those churches asking permission to put up those signs. I just can't imagine that they do it," said Reynolds.
The church has taken down the signs saying it doesn't want this issue to define them, but it hasn't ruled out putting banners up in the future. In fact, Reynolds said if they do put signs up they won't be asking for permission.
Copyright 2012 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
Friday, May 24 2013 5:59 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:59:04 GMT
A shuttle bus has been involved in an accident on North Loop Road near the Air Tran hanger.A tractor trailer bus hit a hotel shuttle bus.CBS Atlanta News is working to gather details. Refresh this storyMore >
An airport shuttle bus was involved in an accident on North Loop Road near the Southwestern Airline Maintenance hangar.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 11:09 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:09:07 GMT
Police in Conyers are searching for a man suspected of shoplifting.Police said the man is described as between 20-30 years old, 5'2", with a slight build and short hair, wearing a black shirt and jeans.TheMore >
The suspected shoplifter who lead police on a car chase Wednesday has been captured.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 7:39 AM EDT2013-05-24 11:39:32 GMT
Palmetto police department is investigating an attempted abduction that occurred Wednesday afternoon. A 13 year old male got off of the school bus along Carlton Road and stated to police that a man approachedMore >
Palmetto Police Department is investigating an attempted abduction that occurred Wednesday afternoon. More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:39 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:39:41 GMT
A Decatur woman who was out with friends in Nashville, Tennessee during a bachelorette party is recovering at the Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta, after being hit by a suspected drunk driver the nightMore >
A Decatur woman who was out with friends in Nashville, Tennessee during a bachelorette party is recovering at the Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta, after being hit by a suspected drunk driver the night of the party.More >