Saturday, November 25, 2006

The Poor: "Not Our Base"

According to a this article currently making the rounds of US newspapers, the recently elected leader of the Christian Coalition resigned after a disagreement in philosophy with the governing board arose.

The Rev. Joel Hunter, of Northland, A Church Distributed, in Longwood, Fla., said he quit as president-elect of the group founded by evangelist Pat Robertson because he realized he would be unable to broaden the organization's agenda beyond opposing abortion and gay marriage.

He hoped to include issues such as easing poverty and saving the environment.

"These are issues that Jesus would want us to care about," Hunter said.

The resignation took place Tuesday during an organization board meeting. Hunter said he was not asked to leave.

"They pretty much said, 'These issues are fine, but they're not our issues; that's not our base,' " Hunter said of his conversation with the group's leadership.

Wow. You can't make this stuff up. What a damning statement about the Christian Coalition and its priorities. What folly.


steve westby said...

"What folly" is right! It is a very sad day, indeed, when a so-called "Christian" group is more interested in a political (dare I say focus group based?) agenda -- rather than a core Biblical teaching such as our duty to the poor.

will smama said...

Wow. I had wondered how long he would last... I had hoped it would be longer than this.

revabi said...

I am glad you blogged about this, I was going to too.