Religious bigotry is bad enough, but when you mix it with politics—well, it ain’t pretty. Pastor Chan Chandler allegedly expelled nine members from his church because they did not vote for Bush during the last presidential elections.
Members of the congregation said Chandler told them during last year’s presidential campaign that anyone who planned to vote for Democratic nominee John Kerry needed to leave the church
Longtime member Selma Morris, who was treasurer at the church, said Chandler’s sermons remained political after Bush won re-election. This past week, his comments turned to politics again at a church gathering that ended with nine members voted out.
“He went on and on about how he’s going to bring politics up, and if we didn’t agree with him, we should leave,” Isaac Sutton told The News and
Observer of Raleigh. “I think I deserve the right to vote for who I want to.”
Of course, I think the funniest bit of this piece (if you can find anything about this crap funny)is that the pastor insists the expulsions weren’t poilitically motivated. I’m not sure what legal action can be taken. I was under the impression that churches maintain the right to have exclusive memberships. At any rate, why not just change churches? I mean, does it really matter where you worship, so long as you do it?
Makes me wonder what Jesus would do….