Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New Angelus Temple sign is a glaring problem for one neighbor

The landmark Angelus Temple, the domed Echo Park church founded by evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, recently installed a new, bright digital sign over its main entrance. But that sign is too bright for at least one neighbor, who lives across the street.  The sign was annoying enough to drive the person to Tweet:

It’s not a big sign but it is bright. No word if it needed to be approved by the National Park Service, which keeps watch on changes to national landmarks, which includes Angelus Temple. Time for Angelus Temple to tone it down?

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  1. If their not Illegaly directing traffic then they are Illegaly advertising and causing a pottential traffic hazzard by distracting drivers, Yes I can see why this stupid screen can be anoying.

    • I can’t begin to express how angry I get when stuck in between their personal traffic directing. Countless lights I’ve caught because of them. Sometimes double reds.

  2. It is too big and bright considering they’re surrounded by residences. Not very neighborly.

    • Is it even necessary? I feel like whoever goes there will already be going regardless. I don’t think the sign is going to pull in any curious pedestrians.

  3. It’s really ugly. Looks like they’re trying to compete with Walgreens. I keep expecting to see if toilet paper is on sale.

  4. Naybor Guy Joe

    It’s also a very loud church. When events are going on the crazy Christian kids are incredibly loud. Way louder than the Echo plex which is right next to it! I think they should start serving booze at the Church or something.

  5. Sister Aimee is spinning in her grave.

  6. Get Real Folks

    In the picture it looks just as bright as the stop lights. I think folks like to blow things out of proportion. They are doing nothing wrong. Calm down people. With all the good they do surely we can find something else to nit pick and not the church.

    • I’m curious about what good they do? Thats an honest question, I am not implying they don’t do anything I am just not aware of it.
      I live pretty close to both the Echo Plex and that Church. I’m sure the Echo Plex gets plenty of complaints about noise and what not, whereas the Church is twice as loud, provides twice as much inconvenience (with traffic and parking) yet I doubt anyone has complained because its a “church”. You could say “The church is a place of worship” you must respect that. But the Echo Plex might as well be a “church” also. I mean the Rolling Stones played there and they are actually REAL PEOPLE. Did Jesus ever pop into that ugly church? NO because he is FAKE. They pay 0 taxes, I’m sure the Echo Plex pays plenty. That sign bugs the fuck outta me. It’s just rude if nothing else, they’ve made the area ugly enough with that 6 story parking ugly parking garage. Aside from walking hundreds of troubled kids up and down Sunset to the Dream Center in shackles of biblical fear I don’t know what it is they do that is positive.

      • GO DINGUS! Hear hear!!

        • This church sign will be going down. I intend to start a petition to politely ask them to remove it. If they refuse that then I will take it the next level! You have been warned stupid church!

  7. If they want to advertise like a business, then they should pay taxes like a business.

  8. So besides Dingus’ petition what else can be done to get this thing taken down?

  9. What do they do? Feed about 2,000 hungry people a month, take in homeless people, adopt orphan kids, help junkies get clean and give away about a ton of food a week. That’s a small part of what they do. What have you done lately to help anyone???

    • How is that idiotic sign helping them with any of those (admittedly noble) things? If anything they are helping a few less people because they blew a few grand on an obnoxious electronic billboard. Thats what it is. If i was a donor, i’d be a little miffed at the misuse of funds.

    • Those things are great, and I would like to verify those very noble deeds and I will take those things into account Mike, when figuring how best to respond to this new situation regarding that ridiculous sign. However, after reading what this church is about on their own website, I see that they are preaching the same fire and brimstone that has made people fearful of imaginary things for centuries which in turn produces all kinds of horrific situations. The church has always been a racket, but if what they do ultimately has a net positive value for society I promise I will look the other with regards to this sign. I still have yet made those calculations but I will certainly do some research on this new information you’ve provided. Thanks Mike.

  10. I really cannot say what the Angelus Temple is preaching now, but if the recent biographies of Aimee Semple McPherson are any indication (–Matthew Avery Sutton (Aimee Semple Mcpherson and the Resurrection of Christian America” 2000 )
    –Daniel Mark Epstein (1 July 1994). Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson
    –Edith L. Blumhofer(Aimee Semple McPherson: Everybody’s Sister(1993))
    Hell is there all the same, but McPherson did not concentrate on the brimstone like her contemporaries.

    A newspaper clipping as published on Wikipedia says:

    “Aimee’s religion is a religion of joy. There is happiness in it. She does not appeal to the brain and try to hammer religion into the heads of her audience. Rather, she appeals to the hearts of her hearers. She radiates friendliness. She creates an atmosphere that is warming. She is persuasive, rather than forceful; gracious and kindly, rather than compelling.”

    Moreover, for an imaginary god, a lot of reporters, journalists and others were amazed by what they saw:
    Epstein writes “The (faith) healings present a monstrous obstacle to scientific historiography. If events transpired as newspapers, letters, and testimonials say they did, then Aimee Semple McPherson’s healing ministry was miraculous…. The documentation is overwhelming: very sick people came to Sister Aimee by the tens of thousands, blind, deaf, paralyzed. Many were healed some temporarily, some forever. She would point to heaven, to Christ the Great Healer and take no credit for the results.” No one has ever been credited by secular witnesses with anywhere near the numbers of faith healings attributed to McPherson.

    Modernists and skeptics regarded many of the miracles of Jesus to be superstitious interpretations of what actually occurred or metaphors for his teachings. It was easy to deny a God who did something 2,000 years ago, but large crowds of people witnessed the blind seeing, the lame walking and the deaf hearing. Alleged healings were occurring faster than the journalists could write them down. McPherson’s faith healing demonstrations gave credence to onlookers her claim was true: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

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