Friday, May 06, 2005

Repent or Resign

So the American Taliban is at it again. It seems that if you didn't vote for Bush, you're a sinner and should repent. At least that's what the Reverend Chan Chandler of Haywood County Baptist church is saying. You just can't make this stuff up:
Already, the Reverend Chan Chandler has ex-communicated nine members of East Waynesville Baptist Church. Another 40 members have left in protest.

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One former church member says Chandler told some of the members that if they didn't support George Bush, they needed to resign their positions and get out of the church, or go to the altar, repent and agree to vote for Bush.
What is scary to me is that only 40 others resigned in protest. Don't these people see how nuts this is? If you're a Democrat and didn't vote for Bush, you're a sinner and should repent your sin or resign? Voting Democratic is a sin? I guess I missed that one in the Bible. Oh wait, here it is:
"And the Lord said unto them: thou shalt not cast thy lot with the donkey, for doing so is a sin before thy God."
Politicus 2:14
You guys buying that? Didn't think so. Here's the North Carolina Democratic Party Chair, Jerry Meek's, response:
"One of the Bible's most repeated commands is to 'Love your neighbor.' If these reports are true, this minister is not only acting extremely inappropriately by injecting partisan politics into a house of worship, but he is also potentially breaking the law and threatening the church's 501 (c) (3) non-profit status."
I think it's poster child time. I think Mr. Chan Chandler (you just can't make this stuff up) should learn all about the laws that govern his tax exempt status and how one goes about losing said status. Because if one wishes to impose one's political beliefs by extolling the virtues of Bush while condemning voting Democratic as sinful, one has no business keeping the title of "Reverend."

Hmmm. Excommunicating parishioners for voting against one's political beliefs. I wonder what God thinks of that.

UPDATE: This appears to have made it to the MSM thanks of course to Keith Olberman. Here's a link to him discussing on his show.