"Pray for Judge Kavanaugh": Church sign sparks controversy in Kannapolis

- A sign reading "Pray for Judge Kavanaugh and his family!" at a Kannapolis church is turning some heads.

Resurrection Baptist Church tells FOX 46 they have received threatening phone calls after posting a message calling for prayers on their sign last week. 

"This is not a political post. This is a PRAYER request," the church wrote on Facebook. 

This is not the first time a message posted by Resurrection Baptist Church has upset some people. 

In 2016, the church posted a sign that read, "We are voting and not for Hillary!" 

While churches aren't allowed to endorse or oppose political candidates, Pastor Tim Jones told FOX 46 that he's willing to do anything if it's what's best for the country. 

"Our church would not treat anybody any different based on their candidate. However, we are a conservative Baptist Church. We do stand on our convictions and our morals," Jones said in 2016. 

Related: Kannapolis church sign raising eyebrows 

A top Senate Republican said Thursday the confidential FBI report on charges that Brett Kavanaugh sexually abused women three decades ago “found no hint of misconduct” by the Supreme Court nominee.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, made his remarks and urged his colleagues to confirm the conservative judge in a written statement hours after the post-midnight delivery of the FBI document to Congress.

With Kavanaugh’s uncertain prospects for approval depending in part on the decisions of five wavering senators, lawmakers began viewing the document in a secure room in the Capitol complex.

“There’s nothing in it that we didn’t already know,” Grassley contended, basing his comment on a briefing he said he’d received from committee aides. He added, “This investigation found no hint of misconduct.”

Democrats have complained that the FBI’s reopening of its Kavanaugh background check has been far too limited, leaving out contact with crucial potential witnesses. They say some people had reached out to be interviewed by the FBI or the Judiciary Committee but were not questioned.

White House spokesman Raj Shah rebuffed that idea, saying, “What critics want is a never-ending fishing expedition into high school drinking.” He said the FBI reached out to 10 people and interviewed nine, including “several individuals at the request of the Senate, and had a series of follow-up interviews ... following certain leads.”

While the FBI interviews were to focus on sexual assault allegations, Democrats have also questioned his drinking habits during high school and college and dishonest comments they say he’s made about his background. Kavanaugh has said stories of bad behavior while drinking are exaggerated.

Grassley said the FBI could not “locate any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations,” and he said there is “no contemporaneous evidence.” He provided no specific detail.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has already started a process that will produce a crucial test vote in his polarized chamber Friday on Kavanaugh’s fate. Should Republicans get the majority of votes they need — and Vice President Mike Pence is available to cast the tie-breaker, if necessary — that would set up a decisive roll call on his confirmation, likely over the weekend.

"Senators ought to wipe away the muck from all the mudslinging and politics and look at this nomination with clear eyes,” Grassley said, echoing accusations against Democrats that McConnell has been making. He added, “It’s time to vote. I’ll be voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”

Three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in separate incidents in the 1980s. Kavanaugh, 53, now a judge on the powerful District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, has denied the claims.

The White House received the FBI report around 3 a.m. Thursday.

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