The pastor of East Waynesville Baptist Church, Chan Chandler, has resigned. Chandler was accused last week of terminating the membership of nine church members because they voted for John Kerry. 40 other members resigned in protest. The Asheville Citizens-Times reports that Chandler promised church members he would continue speaking out against abortion before announcing his resignation. His actions obviously deeply harmed his congregation. It would be appropriate for the IRS and North Carolina officials to investigate how church funds were managed during his tenure. It certainly appears he confused ministry with promoting the reelection of George W. Bush. If he used his position to advocate for Bush’s campaign the church should loose their non-profit status.
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