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10/19/2012 02:36 pm ET Updated Oct 19, 2012

Texas Church Sign Brands Presidential Election As Race Between Muslim And Mormon

FAIRFAX, VA - OCTOBER 19:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally at George Mason University October 19,
FAIRFAX, VA - OCTOBER 19: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally at George Mason University October 19, 2012 in Fairfax, Virginia. Obama and his opponent, Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are battling for Virginia's 13 electoral votes, which Obama won in 2008. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A church sign referring to the election between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as a race between a Muslim and a Mormon is stirring controversy in Texas.

"Vote for the Mormon, not the Muslim! The capitalist, not the communist!" reads the sign outside of a non-denominational church in Leakey, a small 90 miles west of San Antonio.

Local CBS affiliate KHOU reports:

The Church in the Valley is run by Pastor Ray Miller. Miller declined an interview but did say the sign was solely his idea. He said he changes the sign weekly and this isn't the first bold statement to be displayed.

The pastor said he feels strongly about the upcoming presidential election and feels the message on the marquee speaks for itself.

Since it is a church, it is classified as a non-profit organization. That means, by law, it can not endorse a political candidate.

A faction of conservatives have long believed that Obama is a Muslim, even though he has discussed his Christian faith and often attends Church with First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia.

In a poll released in July, 30 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of conservative Republicans identified the president as a Muslim. One of the Obama campaign's Iowa offices was even vandalized with the words "Muslim Lier" earlier this month.

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