Booting the anti-Bush heathens

A North Carolina pastor redefines his faith-based community.

Published May 6, 2005 5:23PM (EDT)

A North Carolina pastor has given his faith-based community a Republican makeover. From ABC news affiliate WLOS:

"East Waynesville Baptist asked nine members to leave. Now 40 more have left the church in protest. Former members say Pastor Chan Chandler gave them the ultimatum, saying if they didn't support George Bush, they should resign or repent."

The minister declined an interview with the station, but did clarify, apparently, that "the actions were not politically motivated."

By Mark Follman

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