Mississppi Church Refuses to Marry Black Couple

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    They had booked their wedding far in advance. The invitations had been sent, the programs printed. But one day before Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson were to be married at the Mississippi church they frequented, they said a pastor told them they would have to find another venue -- because they were black.

    There has never been a black wedding at the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Miss., since its founding in 1883. According to Pastor Stan Weatherford, some church members objected so strongly to breaking that precedent, they threatened to oust him from his pastorship.

    Rather than risk his job, Weatherford, who is white, said he decided to marry the pair at a black church down the road.

    "My 9-year-old was going to the church with us. How would you say to your 9-year-old daughter, 'We cannot get married here because, guess what sweetie, we're black,'" Charles Wilson told ABC's affiliate WAPT-TV.

    Outrage over the wedding's forced relocation swept the Jackson suburb of about 5,000 into a media firestorm.

    While the Wilsons were not members of the church, they often attended services there, and Te'Andrea's uncle is an employee of the church, and her father is a member. Charles Wilson told WAPT that the couple had planned to join as members after their wedding, which was planned for July 20.

    Weatherford told WLBT-TV in Jackson that he would have liked to marry the couple as planned, but he decided to perform the ceremony elsewhere as a compromise to ensure that the Wilsons could be married while "addressing a need within our congregation."

    Mississippi Church Rejects Black Wedding - ABC News
     
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    ABC.... the station that creates its own version of the news instead of reporting the actual news. I'll pass.
     
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    Americans have the Constitutional right to free association, as well as the right to be ignorant and hateful.

    Although as a private entity the church can not be compelled by government sanction to accommodate African American couples, it is nonetheless indicative of America's static racism.

    It’s an AP news story, here’s a reprint in the AJC:

    The Daily Mail:

    There is no ‘created version’ of the story.
     
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    It's the price that ABC pay for lying. I no longer accept ABC as a credible source.

    If the facts are as presented, then it seems that this Church lacks one of the core principles of Christianity... that of compassion. Christians can't be racist - and racists can't be Christian. Racism does not fit within the concepts of Christ's teachings.
     
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    Right or wrong, the church still has the right to deny the couple. You would think though, if the Church knew they weren't goin to marry them, then why did they wait till the day of the weddin to deny them their ceremony? Stories like this happen all the time and it's horrible but I doubt it will ever change, at least not in my lifetime.
     
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    "I'll pass" is as close as CG will ever get to ever admitting she was wrong. :cool:
     
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    So much for Christian love
     
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    Were they unable to marry in the Church because they were black or because they were not members of the Church? It's easy enough to just make the claim that it was because they were black.
     
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    What's curious is that this is right out of an episode of Mike and Molly. A Catholic Priest refused to marry Mike and Molly because Molly isn't catholic so they had to get married in a black church instead.
     
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    The pastor said it was because the couple was black.

    "But the couple had to change their plans after some members of First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs didn’t want the black couple to be married there, the pastor told WLBT."​


    Black couple says white church banned wedding; Crystal Springs mayor 'heartbroken' | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com


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    "Wilson said he had been attending the church for about a month and his now wife had been attending for more than a year. His wife's father also attended the church, and her uncle was custodian at the church. "​

    http://www.11alive.com/news/article/250110/40/Baptist-church-in-Miss-denies-wedding-to-black-couple



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