Pastor bans fried chicken from church events

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A Mississippi-based minister, inspired by the Obama White House’s anti-obesity efforts, is trying to purge his flock of fried chicken.

“Fried chicken has mysterious powers,” Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church pastor Michael Minor told WMC-TV.

While he helps members his congregation go through the process of signing up for health care through the Affordable Care Act, Minor is banning the “mysterious” bird from all church events.

“People are healthier, [they have] more energy. Their weight is down and once you get the weight down, you want to keep it down,” said Minor.

According to BuzzFeed, Minor has also helped promote the first lady’s signature “Let’s Move” healthy eating initiative and his church has received a federal grant for his efforts to get Mississippians registered for Obamacare.

The poor health of his parishioners was the main motivation for his stand against tasty but fattening food.

It was so bad, I was having a funeral every weekend,” he said.