Caldwell: 'Politics in the Pulpit' May Have Prompted Ryan to Dismiss House Chaplain
Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell said Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) eventually-reversed decision to dismiss House Chaplain Rev. Patrick Conroy may have been caused by "politics in the pulpit."
Ryan reportedly asked for Conroy's resignation, which Conroy responded to with a letter stating his intent to finish his two-year tenure.
Caldwell said on "Happening Now" he contacted sources on Capitol Hill who told him Conroy has been preaching with a hint of a political tone.
"This pastor had become a little bit too political in his prayers," Caldwell said he was told, adding that Conroy has voiced his opinions on tax reform and "used political conjecture."
Caldwell said he was thankful to grow up attending a church where it was taboo for a pastor to express political views.
Ryan later said in a statement his initial decision was "based on my duty to ensure the House of Representatives has the pastoral services it deserves."
Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, had expressed outrage over Ryan’s decision to try to push Conroy out.