Friday, May 06, 2005

The Pro-Bush Purge Begins?! @ East Waynesville Baptist Church, down Home in western NC

I don't think anyone else is as shocked as I am that blatant intolerance seems to be creeping thru the Land of the Free and Home of the brave. It was National Day of Prayer yeterday when the dastardly deed was done at EAST WAYNESVILLE Baptist Church, in Haywood County. This is in our neck of the woods - literally. Western North Carolina, not far from Asheville or Knoxville. Now Haywood's the area where I'm researching some of my family's YOUNG & LOVE NC/TN ancestors. Via CNN and the Daily Kos we hear church members who are Democrats were asked or told to leave East Waynesville Baptist. That doesn't sound all that Christian to me. Word is these folks were 'ex-communicated' for not "supporting" George Bush and the current administration. Some other folks walked out in solidarity with the ex-communicatees. And BRAVO for them!! Since my html skills are seriously rusty (see my previous entry at JCF) I'll just post that Daily Kos link as is. As if acid rain and poverty weren't already enough for us to deal with. Shame on us. And God help America, including our mountains. Marian, Marian's Blog.

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Blogger Brook said...

when i first moved to the mountains in 82, it was easy to despair at the seemingly retrograde religious/political culture. it's easy to focus on that especially when stuff like this happens.

my take on this is the Southern Baptist Convention sent this new preacher to this mountain church to test the water. i think his activism comes from the leadership of the Convention -- it's not indigenious to the mountains.

back to my initial thought -- it didn't take long to see how narrow a view it is that the mountains are nothing but "conservative" and "reactionary." the story is more complex than that. i think this is a case where this chruch was used badly by their leadership, and hopefully this will serve as a catalyst for grassroots change on the part of church-goers and nonchurch goers alike. we are all part of "Mayberry." everyone knows everyone's name and details of family history. this is the bedrock of mountain people -- not the "conservative" label. hopefully there will be something positive come from this.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 2:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waynesville church pastor at center of controversy over pulpit politics resigns.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 9:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wouldn't actions like this cause revocation of non-profit status for the church?

Saturday, May 14, 2005 11:46:00 PM  

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