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Internet frenzy over Beyonce's baby descends on local church

Posted January 11, 2012
Updated January 12, 2012

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— The pastor of a Moore County church said Wednesday that he's been flooded with calls "from across the country" regarding a hateful message about the birth of singer Beyonce Knowles' and rapper Jay-Z's baby.

The entertainment gossip website TMZ posted a photo that appeared to show the Beulah Hill Baptist Church marquee displaying the words: "Beyonce had her baby. Satan is on Earth."

TMZ reported that the message was the work of a vandal.

The photo and story have been making their rounds on the Internet, but Rev. Curtis Barbery said the photo is a fake.

"This church has no radical ideas or background," Barbery said. "(The story is) a fabrication. I'd call it a lie."

He said he never told a TMZ reporter that he "discovered the vandalism yesterday after receiving numerous complaints from locals – and removed it immediately," as the website claims, but acknowledged that he had received a call from the tabloid.

"I said, 'I have no idea what you're talking about,'" Barbery said.

WRAL News showed him the photo in question. Pastor says TMZ about church sign vandalism is "a lie" Pastor calls TMZ story about church sign vandalism "a lie"

"That's the first time I've seen it," he said. "I think anyone who would do that is very immature and evil."

He said the sign was never vandalized and that the picture must have been doctored. Websites like Church Sign Maker appear to specialize in that very thing – creating fake images of real church signs with create-your-own messages.

Beulah Hill Baptist Church, however, wasn't in the site's list of church sign templates.

Casey Carver of TMZ declined to comment, saying only that the website stands by its story. She refused to identify the person who submitted the photo, which remained on the site as of 6 p.m. 

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  • twoboys4me Jan 13, 2012

    OK people. No, it doesn't really matter. Yes, famous people's lives are sadly exposed to judgemental opinions. What I'd like to point out to anyone reading the articles is, the preachers statements contradict. Ihe Pilot Newspaper and the Fayetteville Paper(I had to read online)have different statements "from the preacher". Sounds strange to me. "It was vandelized and I immediatly removed it" then he said "it was never on the sign". He said in one paper and a live interview that he didn't even know who she was, then said in another paper that "now that I think back, I have seen her on TV". He said "he told them to take the old saying down on Wed" then said "the man with the ONLY key hasn't been back since Thanksgiving". Why would they ONLY have ONE key? Never gonna lose it? Doubt it. Did the news camera ever show BOTH sides of the sign? Nope. I am a native of Moore County. I know of others that saw part of it on the sign and I know them personally and believe them. Funny how the stories

  • soyousay Jan 12, 2012

    MAYBE THERE IS ANOTHER REASON I USE ALL CAPS, LIKE ONLY BEING ABLE TO USE ONE HAND TO TYPE IN THE CAR
    ...and this is a good thing? in some states it would get you a ticket

  • soyousay Jan 12, 2012

    It was selfish of the parents to name their daughter "Blue." ..

    you do know that Cher has a son names Blue..Elijah Blue, so what?

  • bookcase53 Jan 12, 2012

    Below is a prime example of "ADD". Why is it that you can't keep to the subject?

  • bookcase53 Jan 12, 2012

    Why is TMZ.com's logo on the front of all of the pictures?

  • Whatever Geez Jan 12, 2012

    so ....you are texting and driving? Thats very smart.

  • barbstillkickin Jan 12, 2012

    I can not believe this being so big of news. Anyone knows that no church would allow this to be put on there sign that is locked up and only a church member would be able to unlock it. Another false picture for some attention. Give our churches a little more respect. This should never even be news.

  • anonemoose Jan 12, 2012

    I use all caps when I am in the car, since I have to type with one hand. When I am in the office, I do this.

    Some people don't have anything better to do.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 12, 2012

    MAYBE THERE IS ANOTHER REASON I USE ALL CAPS, LIKE ONLY BEING ABLE TO USE ONE HAND TO TYPE IN THE CAR..

    I GUESS YOU CAN'T CHALLENGE MY POINT, SO YOU ATTACK ME, HUH?
    anonemoos

    You didn't really make a point so much, you just rambled off some conspiracy theory about political ideaology. What would TMZ or the church have to gain by turning this political? Is Jay-Z running for office, and if he was why would some podunk church in NC care? It just doesn't make sense. Come up with a coherent point and I'll see if it needs to be challenged. Oh texting while driving is ILLEGAL btw.

  • wildcat Jan 12, 2012

    Beyonce had her baby. Satan is on Earth."

    WHOEVER POST THIS SIGN JUST SHOWED THEIR IGNORANCE AND NO RESPECT FOR THEMSELVES OR OTHERS. JUST PRAY FOR THIS PERSON. GOD/JESUS WILL HANDLE THIS PERSON IN THEIR WAY AND THEIR OWN TIME.

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