Monday, May 09, 2005

And now, the backpedal

You can almost hear the grunting as the pastor of East Waynesville Baptist Church furiously backpedals.

"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.

Well, it's not exactly an apology, but it does indicate he understands maybe kicking someone out of a church for their political views is not a good move. Or at least not a popular move, anyway, what with other pastors in his denomination calling it "disturbing." And there's still the problem of the nine members who got the message their political views made them unwelcome at a church where they'd been members longer than the pastor has been serving there. They don't exactly feel like they're being welcomed back with open arms and won't return until the pastor is gone. I don't see this ending well for him.

Here's hoping this begins a whole trend of backpedaling for anyone who wants to blur the line between faith and politics and make one a requirement for involvement in the other.


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