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Christian Coalition Base?

It’s a shame that this man stepped down.


[i]President-elect of Christian Coalition resigns

ORLANDO, Fla. - 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 it’s 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.

A statement issued by the coalition said Hunter resigned because of “differences in philosophy and vision.” The board accepted his decision “unanimously,” it states.

The organization, headed by President Roberta Combs, claims a mailing list of 2.5 million.

“To tell you the truth, I feel like there are literally millions of evangelical Christians that don’t have a home right now,” Hunter said.[/i]

This is the kind of thing that makes people avoid Christianity. This so-called “Christian” coalition is only concerned with opposing abortion and gay marriage. This apparently supports their “base”. WTF? There are no other issues in the world worthy of their attention other than stopping abortion and keeping gays from getting married?

Also, why is an organization that is supposedly Christian in nature worried about a “base”? The point of Christianity is to help all God’s people, not just the ones that support their organization. This talk of a “base” sounds more like a political group and less like a group of people organized to do God’s work. With these examples, no wonder many people feel that Christianity is full of it and a waste of their time.

I don’t know, abortion is a top issue with me. Yet, I end up oppossing most else the coalition would make law. Or even laws presently on the books, that they support. Well, I don’t want federal recognition of Gay Marriage. Then again, I hold the Libertarian view that government (especially the federal) shouldn’t recognize ANY marriages.

That really is a shame. People like him need to have a voice a lot more than people like Pat Robertson.

Uh oh, reading that again made me wonder. It seems plausible that a Democrat version of the Christian Coalition could arise. “Jesus would be for the mininum wage and government welfare programs!”