"God prefers kind atheists over hateful Christians"

In a phone interview with The Huffington Post, Tate said the he’s received reactions from people all across the country, from Massachusetts to Texas, and that people have been overwhelmingly positive about the sign’s message. Tate estimates that he receives “30 to 40” positive responses for every one negative response.

“The ones that are upset think we are pitting atheism against Christianity,” Pastor Tate told The Huffington Post, “We are actually pitting kindness against hatefulness.”

An Internet poll of readers on The Blaze, a conservative website created in part by Glenn Beck, showed that, at time of writing, more than 69 percent of respondents agree with the statement, compared with 22 percent that disagree.