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Christian Coalition Has “Creative Differences”

Posted by Daniel on Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The president-elect of the Christian Coalition of America resigned his post yesterday.

Rev. Joel C. Hunter cited a difference in philosophy over which issues the conservative Christian organization, in his opinion, should embrace.

Currently the senior pastor of the Northland Church in Longwood, Florida, Hunter was to assume the presidency in January.

But Hunter said CCA leaders resisted his calls to expand their issue base.

“I wanted to expand the issues from only moral ones – such as opposing abortion and redefining marriage – to include compassion issues such as poverty, justice, and creation care,” Hunter said. “We need to care as much for the vulnerable outside the womb as inside the womb.”

Hunter also said he wanted to focus on rebuilding the CCA’s once powerful grassroots network – an appeal he says board members rejected.

“After initial willingness to consider these changes, the board of the CCA decided, ‘that is fine, but that is not who we are,’ ” Hunter said.

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