Monday, May 9, 2005

“Great Misunderstanding”

From the AP:

A pastor who led a charge to kick out nine church members who refused to support President Bush said Sunday it was all a misunderstanding, as some of the congregants who said they were ousted showed up for church anyway.

Members of the tiny East Waynesville Baptist Church said the Rev. Chan 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.

This past week, his comments turned to politics again at a church gathering that ended with nine members voted out. After the vote, other members reportedly left the church in protest.

Chandler said before Sunday’s service that he wouldn’t preach about the controversy, but he called it “a great misunderstanding.”

Yeah, I guess that’s what I’d call it when you have the Internal Revenue Service suddenly interested in your tax-exempt status for violating just about every tenent of the tax code as it relates to churches and their non-political requirements.

But I’d like to know what was “misunderstood” about “If you vote for John Kerry, get out of the church.”