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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

There is a God

And maybe He'll make sure that reason and good sense ultimately prevail after all, or at least that's how it seems to The Peach upon reading this AP story on North Carolina's East Waynesville Baptist Church. It seems that the church's pastor, Rev. Chan Chandler, has resigned following the public outcry that ensued when he demanded that all Democratic-voting church members leave the church.

Apparently, it was not enough for Rev. Chandler to be a Bush supporter himself. He felt the spirit moving him to endorse the president from the pulpit for weeks before the election last year, and then to boot from the church any member who had voted for John Kerry. Nine church members were thus "excommunicated" last week, followed by Rev. Chandler's surprise resignation today.

For its part, the Peach is first of all somewhat surprised (albeit gratified) to learn that nine Democrats (let alone nine Democratic Baptists) can be found in a place like East Waynesville, N.C. The Peach is even more surprised (and even more gratified) to see that even in such a place as we imagine East Waynesville, N.C. to be (and yes, what we're imagining is downtown Wingnuts-burg) , ultimately good sense -- not theocracy -- prevailed. Even there, a critical mass of good people recognized lunacy when they saw it.

Thank you, Jesus. And thank you, East Waynesville. For the moment, anyway, Blue America salutes you.

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