Moral Contradictions

Friday, May 06, 2005

Baptist excommunication?

I just saw this over at Daily Kos. I haven't read through it yet, but apparently Democrats were either told to repent at the altar or resign their membership from East Waynesville Baptist Church, NC. Read the thread here. Once I read it and it sinks in I'll blog more later.

edit - 1:53pm - WLOS ran the story.
East Waynesville Baptist asked nine members to leave. Now 40 more have left the church in protest. Former members say Pastor Chan Chandler gave them the ultimatum, saying if they didn't support George Bush, they should resign or repent. The minister declined an interview with News 13. But he did say "the actions were not politically motivated." There are questions about whether the bi-laws were followed when the members were thrown out.


edit - 2:14pm - Daily Kos has a second post with more links and details.

I urge anyone who stops by to go there and take a look. As they point out, this isn't just one rogue church. This is just the sign of the times - of what's to come. For my fellow Virginians, remember just how "fundy" this state is (Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell).

This is completely wrong - no matter what political/relgious stripe you are. At the very least this church completely jeopardized its tax-exempt status. At the very worst, this can happen anywhere.

Remember: God is not a Republican or a Democrat. Not all Christians are Republicans. One's political affiliation doesn't have to define them... for Christians, your faith should fundamentally define who you are - then vote according to how you feel and what you believe.

This. Is. Wrong.

4 Comments:

  • Nathan. Tim Sean here from out in Oklahoma. Located your site through a track-back and see that you have me linked. What nice thing for you to do. It helps me make new friends...such as yourself.

    I look forward to checking in at your site and even now amd floored at your latest news post. This happened for real, or is it a William Campbell short story? Yikes!

    I have a friend heading your way to begin seminary at BTSR. Maybe you will have the chance to meet. It is, obviously, a small world.

    --Tim Sean Youmans, Shawnee, Oklahoma

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, May 06, 2005 2:53:00 PM  

  • Hi Tim,

    Thanks for contacting me. I came across your site through Ethics Daily and enjoyed your posts.

    It really is a small world... My wife is finishing up her first year at BTSR... and I spent my first two years at college at OU. I've been through Shawnee a couple times while stormchasing (was a meteorology major).

    As for the latest post, I just watched the video from the news website and yep, it's real. Unfortunately.

    By Blogger Nathan, at Friday, May 06, 2005 3:04:00 PM  

  • Well, Well, Well...

    Is this really a surprise to anyone who has watched the take over of the Southern Baptist Convention during the past 16 years? The primary tenants of fundamentalism (Christian, Muslim, Hindu, whatever) are that there is only one right choice, your leaders know that right choice, and they are right and everyone else is wrong. Bush's alliance with Christian Fundamentalists is one of the most powerful political alliances of all time. As the fundies continue to pump out cookie-cutter male pastors from the big six seminaries, they will continue to tighten their control of local churches. And the way local church people think.

    By Anonymous Gregory Randall, at Tuesday, May 10, 2005 9:45:00 AM  

  • It's not a surprise but a shock... a confirmation of what we've been fearing.

    Oh, and the latest articles talk about him as a student at Southeastern Baptist Seminary. Yay.

    By Blogger Nathan, at Tuesday, May 10, 2005 10:16:00 AM  

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