March 12, 2010
Joel Hunter Leaves the Republican Party
Florida megachurch pastor Joel Hunter told CT today in an e-mail that he has left the Republican Party.
For 40 years I was a registered Republican like Paul was a registered Pharisee after he became a follower of Christ - when it furthered the agenda of the Gospel (as I understood it) then I was active as a Rep. When it didn't, I wasn't.
I was never comfortable being identified with a political Party but the hyper-partisanship and the outside voices hijacking legitimate political debate is not something of which I will be a part.
Christian philanthropist Howard Ahmanson left the GOP to become a Democrat in May 2009.
(h/t Ben Smith)