And he's already convinced one city politician to reverse course. Sadly, that politician is Coleman himself.
After promising to give the group, which is dedicated to getting evangelicals to elect Ken Blackwell Governor, a proclamation hand-delivered by his wife, Coleman's campaign angrily denied the allegation that Mayor Coleman's office was intending to praise the conservative spiritual movement.
On Thursday, Coleman's campaign issued a statement saying, "Mayor Coleman was never scheduled to participate in any Reformation Ohio activities and his wife will not either." The statement said that "for too long, faith and values have been manipulated to push political agendas by dividing our citizens."Indeed, records obtained from the Mayor's office showed the office wanted no part in praising this religious/political pariah using faith to divide us. In reply to the request, the Mayor's office angrily said:
"Please indicate whether you would like the certificate mailed or ready to be picked up."Well, I'm sure it was followed by: "I said 'Good day, sir!"
But in all fairness to Mayor Coleman, that was just one mayoral assistant who may not have been aware of the gravitas of the situation. Surely, someone else in the campaign can confirm that the Mayor never intended to praise a man who once said the teaching of Islam was inspired by demons. Perhaps someone in Coleman's staff that is more politically aware?
Danni Palmore, Coleman's political director and a member of Parsley's World Harvest Church, said the proclamation was promised and that Mrs. Coleman did plan to present it.Um, okay, but just because Coleman's office almost issued a proclamation doesn't mean that Coleman is arm-in-arm with Parsley.
In reaction to Coleman's strong rebuke, of himself, what did the Rev. Parsely think about all this? Coleman's attempts to distance himself from Parsley were "contrary to what I know the mayor and his wife, Frankie, stand for and believe," Parsley said in his statement.
So you can seek spiritual guidance from someone before you announce your candidacy, can award them with a city flag, but a proclamation is where Coleman draws the line?
In fact, Parsley continued, Coleman called the pastor the day before he announced his candidacy, seeking advice and counsel. Coleman has been a guest in Parsley's church, presented him with a flag from the city and shared his own faith experiences, Parsley said.
I think Coleman has some explaining to do about what, exactly, is his relationship with Rod Parsley and why it's only been within the past week that Coleman has distance himself from Parsley.
But even more bizarre is this story from the Akron Beacon-Journal that claims that the proclamation, that Coleman never intended on issuing, wasn't issued because the Colemans didn't want to irritate the audience by criticizing the group's goals.
Yes, the resolution that was never promised and never written, but if it had been hand-delivered by the candidate's wife at the rally, it would have criticized the group for using faith and values to push political agendas by dividing our citizens, and that's why he didn't attend.
So to recap, Mayor Coleman wants you to know that the reason he didn't attend the conservative evangelical political rally that he was never scheduled to attend is that the proclamation that he never promised to give and was never written would have said something that would have upset a group wondering why a politician would come to an event he was never scheduled to appear to deliver a proclamation that was never promised and that, although never written, would have criticized them harshly.