Ford is ‘tearing our church apart’
Thursday, 15 December 2016
FORMER alliance leader David Ford's decision to stay on at Second Donegore Presbyterian in the wake of the gay marriage storm is threatening to 'tear the church apart', a member of the congregation claimed this week.
Mr Ford, who was an Elder at Second Donegore until October, said recently that towards the end of his tenure 'the other Elders refused to work' with him - but it has been claimed that this was a two-way street.
“It remains to be seen whether or not I have any role in Dunamuggy," the South Antrim MLA admitted then.
But after much soul-searching it appears that he has decided to stay put, taking his seat in the congregation 'most weeks'.
However, a well-placed source revealed that while many have chosen to turn their back on Mr Ford, he in turn has 'snubbed' others.
“If there was a ballot box and you could vote anonymously, Mr Ford would lose by a landslide," said the insider.
He added: "With all this controversy raging people are already voting with their feet. I would say the congregation is roughly a quarter of what it was.
“That's a desperately sad situation - but the blame lies squarely with one man."
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian
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