Deanaland

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

At least he tried...

The Christian Coalition really bugs me, and now I'm adding another reason why:

Christian Coalition Pres.-Elect Leaves


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The president-elect of the Christian Coalition of America has declined the job, saying the organization wouldn't let him expand its agenda beyond opposing abortion and gay marriage.

The Rev. Joel Hunter, who was scheduled to take over the socially conservative group in January from Roberta Combs, said he had hoped to focus on issues such as poverty and the environment.

"These are issues that Jesus would want us to care about," said Hunter, a senior pastor at Northland Church in Longwood, Fla.

Hunter announced his decision not to take the job during an organization board meeting Nov. 21. A statement issued by the group said Hunter left because of "differences in philosophy and vision." 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.

His resignation is the latest setback for the once-powerful group.

The Christian Coalition, founded in 1989 by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, became one of the nation's most powerful conservative groups during the 1990s, but it has faced complaints in recent years about its finances, leadership and plans to veer into nontraditional policy areas. The group claims more than 2 million members.

6 Comments:

  • At Tue Nov 28, 01:06:00 PM, Blogger Paige Robins said…

    Wow, that's majorly sad.

     
  • At Tue Nov 28, 01:13:00 PM, Blogger Nellie said…

    I'm with you, Deana! It is so frustrating to read that a group calling itself Christian Coalition does not feel that issues of poverty, environment, etc. are their issues!!

     
  • At Wed Nov 29, 04:42:00 AM, Blogger Blogging by Tina said…

    The CC is yet another example of spiritual correctness in the Christian community.

     
  • At Thu Nov 30, 08:10:00 AM, Blogger KentF said…

    Hey - at least they're not hypocrites. We don't care about poor people, we just want to look down our noses at all the people less religious than us.

     
  • At Thu Nov 30, 08:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That's true, Kent. I just wish they'd get "Christian" out of their name and call themselves something like "Coalition for Self-Righteous Paranoia."

     
  • At Fri Dec 01, 11:53:00 AM, Blogger Adam Gonnerman said…

    Here in the northeast (New Jersey) the Christian Coalition isn't much of an issue. It's seen just as a political action group that holds sway over religious people in the south and midwest.

    I wish there were a group dedicated only to lifting up the poor and restoring broken lives...oh, wait...Jesus started that one...it's called the body of Christ.

    It's just swayed a bit off mission.

     

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