Cast Out Those Devil Democrats

The minister of a Haywood County Baptist church is
telling members of his congregation that if they’re Democrats, they either
need to find another place of worship or support President Bush.

Already, the Reverend Chan Chandler has ex-communicated nine members of
East Waynesville Baptist Church. Another 40 members have left in protest.

During last Sunday’s sermon, he acknowledged that church members were upset
because he named people, and he says he’ll do it again because he has to
according to the word of God.

Chandler could not be reached for comment today, but says his actions weren’t
politically motivated.

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.

A former church treasurer says she’s at church to worship God and not the
preacher.

Can they do that? Can a religion excommunicate people for voting for
a particular candidate, and still claim the tax-free status afforded organized
religion? Doesn’t the separation of Church and State work both ways? The
Baptist Braintrust is going to have to boil this Chandler guy in oil if
they want to survive the PR fallout from this one….

from AP via the Lexington Dispatch

video from WLOS
in North Carolina
(Windows Media)

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