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pefjr
08-03-2013, 10:46 AM
Jeess, I thought Football would certainly win this contest but apparently not in Alabama. ..Alabama state champion coach and AD fired for being a member of the wrong church







One of the most successful coaches in the state of Alabama is suddenly out of a job after he was dismissed for what initially seems to be a remarkably trivial reason: He attends the wrong church.
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As reported by the Montgomery Advertiser, Prattville (Ala.) East Memorial Christian Academy super coach Scott Phillips (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/scott-phillips/52/537/3ba), who led the school’s football program to its first state playoff birth in years and coached the boys basketball team to the first state title in any sport, was dismissed because he refused to force his family to attend East Memorial Baptist Church (http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20130801/SPORTS03/308010014/Football-coach-loses-job-not-going-church-East-Memorial).
While Phillips had never been forced to attend the school’s affiliated church when he was only a coach, that changed when he became the school’s athletic director. As confirmed by the Advertiser, East Memorial Christian Academy’s athletic director was expected to attend the East Memorial Baptist Church, even though there was allegedly not an official clause in the contract requiring such attendance (http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20130801/SPORTS03/308010014/Football-coach-loses-job-not-going-church-East-Memorial).
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Phillips tried to make that work, getting his family to start each Sunday at a 9 a.m. service at East Memorial before attending an 11 a.m. service at his family’s church of choice, Church of the Highlands. Eventually that routine began to make Phillips feel dishonest, leading to a conversation with East Memorial officials where the coach and AD told them he didn’t feel comfortable (http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20130801/SPORTS03/308010014/Football-coach-loses-job-not-going-church-East-Memorial) attending Sunday services at East Memorial Baptist.
That was the last conversation he would have as the school’s AD.
"I was 30 seconds from turning the job down because of the church issue," Phillips told the Advertiser. "They wanted me to transition from the Church of the Highlands to East Memorial. I never really liked that, so I went back in my administrator’s office and told them I was willing to give this a try, but I don’t know how this will work out?
"That was the last thing said."
Phillips insists that he tried to shift his family from Church of the Highlands to Eastern Memorial Baptist, but said he never reached any level of comfort about the decision. Eventually, he had to deal with the situation head-on, hoping that Eastern Memorial officials would be reasonable about his faith.
That was apparently too much to ask.
"In a nutshell, I told them I miss my old church," Phillips recalls. "I went in to share my heart to a pastor. Knowing what might happen, but kind of saying, 'Maybe we can work something out?' I knew that wasn’t going to be the end of it because it was going to be a process. It wasn’t received well."

George Jung
08-03-2013, 10:52 AM
Hehehe.... darned 'christians' (well, maybe they're missing some of the important stuff, eh?).... I can't believe that's 'legal', though likely the school fired him for 'other reasons' that are less-likely to get them sued. I would imagine he'll pick up an even better job now.

pefjr
08-03-2013, 02:07 PM
Hehehe.... darned 'christians' (well, maybe they're missing some of the important stuff, eh?).... I can't believe that's 'legal', though likely the school fired him for 'other reasons' that are less-likely to get them sued. I would imagine he'll pick up an even better job now.I'm thinking the same thing , but can't find any follow up yet.

David W Pratt
08-03-2013, 02:11 PM
He prolly wouldn't handle the snakes either

Waddie
08-03-2013, 03:58 PM
He knew about that condition of employment when he accepted the job. And the school is free to make most of the rules. Since he's such a successful coach he won't be out of work long. In the end it will be the school's loss.

regards,
Waddie

Ian McColgin
08-03-2013, 04:24 PM
One would wish that should values trump football, it would be educational values and not which Protestant church to attend.

wardd
08-03-2013, 07:58 PM
One would wish that should values trump football, it would be educational values and not which Protestant church to attend.

don't you understand that there is the one true baptist church then all those other false churches

Ian McColgin
08-03-2013, 08:31 PM
Yeah, which one true Baptist?
(US only, not regional affiliations, C&P from Wikipedia)
• Alliance of Baptists
• American Baptist Association
• American Baptist Churches
• Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America
• Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
• Baptist Bible Fellowship International
• Baptist General Conference
• Baptist Missionary Association of America
• Central Baptist Association
• Christian Unity Baptist Association
• Conservative Baptist Association of America
• Continental Baptist Churches
• Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
• Enterprise Association of Regular Baptists
• Evangelical Free Baptist Church
• Free Will Baptist
• Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship
• Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Association
• Fundamental Baptist Fellowship of America
• General Association of Baptists
• General Association of General Baptists
• General Association of Regular Baptist Churches
• General Conference of the Evangelical Baptist Church, Inc.
• General Six-Principle Baptists
• Independent Baptist Church of America
• Independent Baptist Fellowship International
• Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America
• Institutional Missionary Baptist Conference of America
• Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptist Association
• Landmark Baptists
• Liberty Baptist Fellowship
• Macedonia Baptist World Missions
• Mainstream Baptist Network
• National Association of Free Will Baptists
• National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.
• National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
• National Baptist Evangelical Life and Soul Saving Assembly of the U.S.A.
• National Missionary Baptist Convention of America
• National Primitive Baptist Convention of the U.S.A.
• North American Baptist Conference
• Old Regular Baptist
• Indian Bottom Association of Old Regular Baptists
• Old Time Missionary Baptist
• Original Free Will Baptist Convention
• Primitive Baptists
• Progressive National Baptist Convention
• Reformed Baptist
• Regular Baptist
• Roger Williams Fellowship
• Separate Baptist
• Separate Baptists in Christ
• Seventh Day Baptist General Conference
• Southern Baptist Convention
• Southwide Baptist Fellowship
• Sovereign Grace Baptists
• Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists
• United American Free Will Baptist Church
• United American Free Will Baptist Conference
• United Baptists
• Unregistered Baptist Fellowship
• World Baptist Fellowship
• Worldwide Baptist New Testament Missions

wardd
08-03-2013, 08:35 PM
Yeah, which one true Baptist?
(US only, not regional affiliations, C&P from Wikipedia)
• Alliance of Baptists
• American Baptist Association
• American Baptist Churches
• Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America
• Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
• Baptist Bible Fellowship International
• Baptist General Conference
• Baptist Missionary Association of America
• Central Baptist Association
• Christian Unity Baptist Association
• Conservative Baptist Association of America
• Continental Baptist Churches
• Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
• Enterprise Association of Regular Baptists
• Evangelical Free Baptist Church
• Free Will Baptist
• Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship
• Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Association
• Fundamental Baptist Fellowship of America
• General Association of Baptists
• General Association of General Baptists
• General Association of Regular Baptist Churches
• General Conference of the Evangelical Baptist Church, Inc.
• General Six-Principle Baptists
• Independent Baptist Church of America
• Independent Baptist Fellowship International
• Independent Baptist Fellowship of North America
• Institutional Missionary Baptist Conference of America
• Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptist Association
• Landmark Baptists
• Liberty Baptist Fellowship
• Macedonia Baptist World Missions
• Mainstream Baptist Network
• National Association of Free Will Baptists
• National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.
• National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
• National Baptist Evangelical Life and Soul Saving Assembly of the U.S.A.
• National Missionary Baptist Convention of America
• National Primitive Baptist Convention of the U.S.A.
• North American Baptist Conference
• Old Regular Baptist
• Indian Bottom Association of Old Regular Baptists
• Old Time Missionary Baptist
• Original Free Will Baptist Convention
• Primitive Baptists
• Progressive National Baptist Convention
• Reformed Baptist
• Regular Baptist
• Roger Williams Fellowship
• Separate Baptist
• Separate Baptists in Christ
• Seventh Day Baptist General Conference
• Southern Baptist Convention
• Southwide Baptist Fellowship
• Sovereign Grace Baptists
• Two-Seed-in-the-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists
• United American Free Will Baptist Church
• United American Free Will Baptist Conference
• United Baptists
• Unregistered Baptist Fellowship
• World Baptist Fellowship
• Worldwide Baptist New Testament Missions

yea, one of those

Ian McColgin
08-03-2013, 08:44 PM
Anctually, the school's church of choise and the coach's are both forms of baptist.