November 2006 Church & State | AU Bulletin

The once-mighty Christian Coalition continued its unraveling with yet another state affiliate’s departure this fall.

In late September, the Christian Coalition of Georgia severed its ties with the national group, saying in a statement that the “Christian Coalition of America has demonstrated by their actions in word and in deed a desire to drift from our founding tenets. The Christian Coalition has left us, we have not left them.”

Affiliates in Iowa, Alabama and Ohio have also recently quit the Coalition. Roberta Combs, president of the national Christian Coalition, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it would seek to find another person to re-create a Georgia chapter.

On Oct. 1, the Coalition announced that Dr. Joel Hunter would become president of the national organization. Combs will serve as the group’s chairman.

In a press release, Hunter said, “I look forward to building upon the successes under Roberta’s leadership and expanding our mission to concern itself with the care of creation, helping society’s marginalized, human rights/religious issues and compassion issues.”

According to Associated Baptist Press, Hunter is considered a political moderate. Many evangelicals and others know the Orlando, Fla., pastor because of his participation in a campaign by several evangelical groups to combat global warming. Earlier this year, he appeared in commercials for the campaign, in which he appealed to fellow evangelicals to combat climate change as part of the scriptural command to care for creation.