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St. Petersburg church again courts controversy with marquee message

Allendale United Methodist Church has long used its sign along 38th Avenue N. to inform drivers of its stance on political and social views.
 
The marquee for Allendale United Methodist Church is seen Monday in St. Petersburg.
The marquee for Allendale United Methodist Church is seen Monday in St. Petersburg. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published May 2, 2023|Updated May 2, 2023

Allendale United Methodist Church and its pastor, the Rev. Andy Oliver, are no strangers to controversy and have frequently made their views apparent through their marquee located along 38th Avenue N.

On its Facebook page, the church describes itself as a “social justice, anti-racist, LGBTQ-affirming congregation of believers.” Former mayoral candidate Vince Nowicki claims the church is too political, and he filed a March 8 complaint with the IRS calling for an investigation of its tax-exempt status.

The marquee for Allendale United Methodist Church is seen along 38th Avenue N. in St. Petersburg. One side reads, “Humanity is God in drag,” while the other side reads, “Jesus is God in drag.”
The marquee for Allendale United Methodist Church is seen along 38th Avenue N. in St. Petersburg. One side reads, “Humanity is God in drag,” while the other side reads, “Jesus is God in drag.” [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
The marquee for Allendale United Methodist Church is seen in St. Petersburg.
The marquee for Allendale United Methodist Church is seen in St. Petersburg. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]