The Christian Post > CP PT News Brief|Qui, 11 Jul. 2013 10:46 AM EST

‘Shiite Baptists’ and ‘Crazy Old Uncle’ Column by Wife Gets Pastor Fired

PorAmanda Gigliotti | Repórter do The Christian Post

An assistant pastor at the First Baptist Church in Madisonville, Kentucky, resigned after his wife wrote a polemic column criticizing the Southern Baptist Convention’s opposition to a new Boy Scouts of America policy that welcomes gay members.

Angela Thomas, the wife of Bill Thomas, wrote the column in a local newspaper dubbing church leaders “raging Shiite Baptists” and “the crazy old paranoid uncle of evangelical Christians.”

“Santa and the Easter bunny are simply the devil in disguise and cable television and the Internet are his playground. The Boy Scouts are his evil minions,” she wrote, according to Tennessean.

After the column, her husband resigned the church, according to the First Baptist Pastor Joe Leonard. However, Thomas’ wrote he had not quit.

Leonard said the column was not the cause of Thomas’ resignation.

"That's what people have made it out to be," Leonard said. "That column precipitated some conversation with (Thomas), but that is not the reason he resigned. And because of confidentiality I can't divulge the conversation and what went on."

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The Rev. Russell Moore, head of the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, said he was surprised with the “shockingly sarcastic tone” of the column.

Moore said that the Southern Baptist Convention, which believes in marriage between a man and a woman and condemns homosexuality as a sin, expressed disappointment over Boy Scouts decision, but didn’t speak in “harsh terms.”

Bill Thomas said to a local newspaper that he agreed with what his wife said and doesn’t censor what she does.

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