Churches in Australia Criticized For 'Jesus Loves Osama' Sign

Sydney, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister says it's a case of misplaced priorities.

He's among those questioning signs being put up by some Australian churches that read: "Jesus Loves Osama."

Prime Minister John Howard says he understands the Christian motivation of teaching God's love for all, but says the churches should understand a lot of Australians will think the "prayer priority" could have been elsewhere, as he puts it.

One of the signs appears outside the Central Baptist Church in Downtown Sydney, along with a footnote that reads, "Jesus Said: `Love Your Enemies And Pray For Those Who Persecute You."'

Australia's Anglican Archbishop says he finds the signs "a bit misleading" and potentially offensive.

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