Here's what WLOS, the local TV news, posted on their site:
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 News 13. But he did say "the actions were not politically motivated." There are questions about whether the bi-laws were followed when the members were thrown out.
Wow. The idea that a pastor would kick out members of a church simply for not supporting a particular politician is disturbing to say the least. I don't think it takes a lot of theological pondering to think of things that Bush has done that are inconsistent with Christianity. But then, this isn't about faith, it's about the abuse of faith. The New Testament talks about the church being a body with Christ at its head. The rising sentiment in the US though seems to be a push to decapitate Christ from the body and replace Jesus with the GOP.