A newspaper column lampooning Southern Baptists, calling the group "the crazy old paranoid uncle of evangelical Christians," is causing quite a stir in a small Kentucky city and put a pastor's job in jeopardy.
The column was written by Angela Thomas, the wife of Bill Thomas, an assistant pastor at the First Baptist Church in Madisonville, Kentucky. Her column last month was done in response to the Southern Baptist Convention's opposition to a new Boy Scouts of America policy that welcomes gay members.
In the weeks since, the status of Bill Thomas' job with the church has become unclear. The First Baptist pastor said he had accepted Thomas' resignation, but Thomas has said he had not quit.
Thomas has worked at the church for 10 years and was its musical director.