Send this pitiful excuse for a “Christian Academy” an e-mail and tell them what YOU think. I DID! Here’s the link to contact their Head Administrator:
East Memorial Christian Academy
And here is the Church’s “CONTACT” link:
East Memorial Baptist Church
“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…out of a job…dismissed for…a remarkably trivial reason: He attends the wrong church.
…Phillips had never been forced to attend the school’s affiliated church when he was…a coach…that changed when he became…athletic director.
…East Memorial Christian Academy’s athletic director was expected to attend the East Memorial Baptist Church…there was…not an official clause in the contract requiring such attendance.
Phillips tried to make that work, getting his family…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…told them he didn’t feel comfortable attending…East Memorial Baptist…the last conversation he would have as the school’s AD.
…he had to deal with the situation head-on, hoping that Eastern Memorial…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.””