Tuesday, May 10, 2005
You're Only Supposed To Blow The Bloody Doors Off
A Baptist preacher accused of running out nine congregants who disagreed with his Republican politics resigned Tuesday, two days after calling the issue "a great misunderstanding."As reported here a few days ago, this guy specifically kicked nine people out of his church for supporting John Kerry and voting Democratic. So he's a liar, as well as a big-mouthed weakling who folds quickly.
"I don't believe he preached politics," church member Rhonda Trantham said. "I don't believe anyone should tell a preacher not to preach what's in the Bible."
But some congregants of the 100-member church in western North Carolina have said Chandler endorsed President Bush from the pulpit during last year's presidential campaign and said that anyone who planned to vote for Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry needed to "repent or resign."
The church members said he continued to preach about politics after Bush won re-election, culminating with a church gathering last week in which the nine members said they were voted out.
At Sunday's service, the 33-year-old Chandler said the flap over the church members' dismissal was "a great misunderstanding" and he tried to welcome them back.
"No one has ever been voted from the membership of this church due to an individual's support or lack of support for a political party or candidate," he said in a statement.
The fact that his church was officially reported to the IRS Monday for violating the no-electioneering laws for churches might've also had something to do with it.
In any case, I'm sure we haven't seen the last of Mr. Chandler. He'll be on O'Reilly and Hannity; he'll be a cause celebre for those who believe that Christians are oppressed in this country; heck, maybe he'll be former Judge Roy Moore's running mate in 2008.
And he'll still be wrong on every level.