Lexington church responds to atheist group

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Call it the battle of the billboards.

In Lexington, a church has decided to lease billboard space to respond to a recent message from an atheists' group.

Pastor Jared Henry of Lafayette Church of the Nazarene told the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/PUE72k) that the church has gotten "almost exclusively positive feedback" after posting its message, which says: "We believe in God. Join the right club. John 3:16."

It came on the heels of a billboard message in September and October that said: "Don't believe in God? Join the club."

Clay Maney, a member of the Humanist Forum of Central Kentucky, said the original billboard's purpose was to let non-believers know that they are not alone. He says that message was "welcoming" but the new one is "judgmental."