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Pastor Forced to Move After Death Threats for Opposing Facebook's Rainbow Flag Reaction

A West Virginia pastor has had his car keyed, has received feces in the mail, and has gotten death threats after his stance against Facebook's "Pride" reaction — a rainbow flag "like" option that endorsed the LGBT agenda. It got so bad, the pastor decided to move for the safety of his family.

"I am not going to back down from it, but I do have six children and I do have to be wise about that as well. To me, honestly, it's just a matter of time until one of these people does something stupid," Pastor Rich Penkoski, who runs the online ministry Warriors for Christ, told the Christian Post Tuesday.

"It was recommended by the police and my attorney as well that as much as we want to stand up, maybe it is just smartest to move because all these people know where we live," the pastor explained. "It is a smart thing to do for my family's sake."

Penkoski received an immense amount of backlash after the Warriors for Christ Facebook page announced in June that it would ban anyone who posted the rainbow flag emoji on the page. Patheos' "Friendly Atheist" Hermant Mehta mocked the page, writing, "Here's some advice. If you run a Facebook page promoting Jesus, and you call yourselves 'Warriors for Christ,' don't tell everyone you can't handle rainbow emojis."

Penkoski told the Christian Post that his Facebook page banned the rainbow flag emoji not because they "couldn't handle it," but because it "is a pride symbol for homosexuality and we are a Christian ministry." He added, "We don't celebrate sin and we are not going to embrace it now. We know, as Christians, that sin leads to death."

The pastor added that after Mehta posted his attack, the Facebook page was inundated with over 900,000 rainbow emojis and the "Warriors for Christ" prayer line was inundated with callers who opposed the ministry's view on sexuality.

Since the ministry's webpage listed Penkoski's home address, he and his family have become targets. Their car was keyed and they received feces in the mail. The pastor also reported receiving hate messages and even gay porn in his email inbox.