Daily Wisdom

May 11, 2005

Chandler, Jackson, Sharpton Resign

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. -- The Rev. Chan Chandler, pastor of the East Waynesville Baptist Church, resigned today as a result of the controversy that has surrounded him since the days before the Presidential election last fall. Chandler, who openly shared his political viewpoints from the pulpit, endorsed President Bush last year and disparaged John Kerry. His comments were based on his opinion that Bush and the Republican party endorsed positions which were more aligned with the scriptural teachings of the Bible.

Jesse Jackson, a fellow Baptist preacher, was appalled at the idea that a pastor should not preach politics from the pulpit on a regular basis. In 1996, Jackson said, "If you go along and get along, you're a coward. Only by principled engagement can you be a force for change and hope." Today, he told stunned reporters at a press conference that he would resign his position with The Rainbow Coalition effective immediately "as a measure of solidarity with my fellow Baptist minister".

Not to be outdone, Al Sharpton, a Pentecostal minister, also called a press conference where he announced his resignation from the speaking circuit and from the Democratic Party. "I have heard nothing on this issue from the DNC. I can no longer remain a member of a political party that will not stand up for the rights of ministers everywhere to preach politics from the pulpit," he said. "If we don't nip this thing in the bud... there's no telling where it might lead."

5 Comments:

At 5/11/2005 1:59 PM , Blogger camojack said...

I hear tell the I.R.S. was looking into pulling the tax exempt status of churches who try to tell their congregation how to vote...

 
At 5/11/2005 9:11 PM , Blogger MargeinMI said...

Very funny Hawkeye! I love when these guys get 'outraged!' It's only fitting 'cause they're soooooo OUTRAGEOUS!!!


LOL :oD

 
At 5/12/2005 8:50 PM , Blogger Kajun said...

What's unusual about Chandler, Jackson, and Sharpton, Re-signing for another tour? (I notice you left out the hyphen, but I won't point that out.)

 
At 5/15/2005 4:50 AM , Blogger SGT USMC 1ea said...

Jesse & Al. Do these guys actually have an active church? How could they ever reconcile thier positions if so? I hope they can repent and come back into the fold.

Jesu est Semper Fidelis

 
At 5/16/2005 6:23 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

sgt usmc 1ea,
No, they don't have regular churches.... they couldn't be bothered with all that routine pastoral stuff. You know, like visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, etc. That would really cut into their face time on TV!

 

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