California church draws backlash for sign: ‘Bruce Jenner is still a man’

FILE: Caitlyn Jenner attending the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
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A Northern California church sparked outrage over a sign that read: “Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not."

Caitlyn Jenner is formerly known as Bruce and revealed in 2015 that she is transgender and has become a woman.

The church, Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church, is located in Lake Shastina, Calif., which is about an hours’ drive from the Oregon border.

Protesters gathered in front of the church on Sunday to denounce what they called “hate and slander” and to “show our love and support for the LGBT community,” according to a Facebook page that organized the event.

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Justin Hoke, the church’s pastor, wrote on Facebook Wednesday that the sign’s Plexiglass had been destroyed and the letters had been stolen.

The protesters denied having destroyed the sign, The Sacramento Bee reported. Hoke posted a picture on his Facebook Thursday of the sign back up with plaster covering the letters, writing: “It’s not pretty, but it’s back up.”

Hoke later wrote on Facebook: “If a conservative mountain farming community is no longer a safe place to call sin, sin, then is anywhere in this country still safe for real Christians?” according to The Siskiyou Daily News.

Another protest against the church’s sign is planned for this Sunday, according to the organizer’s Facebook page.

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Yes, Yes, Yes draws widest gate in Magic Millions

Master trainer Darren Weir is philosophical about the effect a bad barrier draw will have on the chances of his Magic Millions hope Yes, Yes, Yes in Saturday's $2 million sprint.

The two-year-old was considered a big chance of claiming the race after impressive back-to-back wins in Melbourne but his jockey Mark Zahra will need some luck after the horse drew the outside barrier.

"There's not much you can do about it," Weir said.

Philosophical: Trainer Darren Weir.Credit:AAP

"It makes it a bit harder … a bit harder for the jockey, not me."

Zahra will need to consider his tactics on the colt as he has won his past two starts (at Moonee Valley and Flemington) after racing close to the pace but the jockey is in good form having placed in nine of his 14 rides so far this year.

He will need to repeat the efforts of the race's past two winners Sunlight (won from barrier 12 ridden by Luke Currie) and Houtzen (barrier 16 by Jeff Lloyd) to win after jumping from a wide gate.

With five emergencies in the race, Yes, Yes, Yes will jump from barrier 16.



The Gai Waterhouse- and Adrian Bott-trained Unite and Conquer did not fare much better, drawing barrier 18 with the pair's other hope Czarson also drawing relatively wide in 14.

James Cummings' Exhilirates drew perfectly in barrier nine with Kerrin McEvoy hoping to continue his winning form in big races on the two-year-old by Snitzel, who broke his maiden status on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Two of the three David Hayes' runners drew in perfect slots in barriers three (Champagne Boom) and four (Sebrakate) while Movie Role drew out in 14.

Meanwhile Guineas favourite Outback Barbie didn't do his chances any harm when he drew barrier three in the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas for three-year-olds.

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