Friday, November 24, 2006

Whom Would Jesus Elect?

The Christian Coalition of America just had their president-elect resign and the resignation was unanimously approved. Why? Because the president-elect, the Reverend Joel Hunter, wanted to do boring stuff such as caring for the poor, and the Christian Coalition wants to do fun stuff such as fighting abortion and same-sex marriage. I'm not making this up:

The Reverend elected to take over as president of the Christian Coalition of America said he will not assume the role because of differences in philosophy.

The Rev. Joel Hunter, of Longwood's Northland, A Church Distributed, said Wednesday that the national group would not let him expand the organization's agenda beyond opposing abortion and gay marriage.

This is the latest setback for the group founded in 1989 by religious broadcaster the Rev. Pat Robertson. Four states - Georgia, Alabama, Iowa and Ohio - have decided to split from the group over concerns its changing direction on issues like the minimum wage, the environment and Internet law instead of core issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.

Hunter, who was scheduled to take over the socially conservative political group Jan. 1, 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," Hunter said.

He resigned 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.

These are not their issue, that's not their base. Right. And that is the reason why the Christian Coalition should change its name to the Christianist Coalition. They are not interested in the same things Jesus was interested in. And they are a political organization, whatever they may call themselves.
Link via this Kos diary.