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Christian Coalition president-elect resigns

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• NEW: President-elect cites difference of philosophy over job
• Rev. Joel C. Hunter of Florida said he wanted CCA to take on social issues
• A CCA board rejected Hunter's push for expanding its focus, he says
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The president-elect of the Christian Coalition of America resigned his post Monday.

Rev. Joel C. Hunter cited a difference in philosophy over which issues the conservative Christian organization, in his opinion, should embrace.

Currently the senior pastor of the Northland Church in Longwood, Florida, Hunter was to assume the presidency in January. (Watch why Hunter stepped aside Video)

But Hunter said CCA leaders resisted his calls to expand their issue base.

"I wanted to expand the issues from only moral ones -- such as opposing abortion and redefining marriage -- to include compassion issues such as poverty, justice, and creation care," Hunter said in a statement. "We need to care as much for the vulnerable outside the womb as inside the womb."

Hunter also said he wanted to focus on rebuilding the CCA's once powerful grassroots network -- an appeal he says board members rejected.

"After initial willingness to consider these changes, the board of the CCA decided, 'that is fine, but that is not who we are,' " Hunter said.

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