From the Clarion-Ledger (Miss.)
A Muslim group from Georgia has challenged a Mississippi preacher to a debate over a message on a sign in front of Cowan Road Baptist Church in Gulfport.
The Rev. Chris Ashley stands behind the message on the sign that reads “Jesus is God. Allah is Satan."
The Muslim group called the sign "inflammatory."
Ashley invited the group to come.
Ashley told the Sun Herald: "Any other God but that one true God is a false God . . . All these other false religions, when you strip it all away, it is ultimately Satan deceiving millions of people with other names -- Allah, Buddha, whatever it may be -- to deceive them so they won't follow the one true God of the Bible.
"Any other religion that follows any other deity besides the God of the Bible ultimately follows Satan."
A commenter on the church's Facebook page noted that "Allah" means "God" in Arabic. Ashley said he used the word "Allah" because most people associate it with Islam.
The debate is scheduled for Dec. 5 at the church.