Mississippi Church Refuses to Marry Black Couple: Do you agree with the reasoning behind the decision?

the_old_coach 2012/07/29 01:59:14
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Mississippi Church Refuses
to Marry Black Couple

By ALON HARISH | ABC News – 4 hrs ago

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.

The vast majority of Crystal Springs residents, blacks and whites alike, were
"blown away" by the church's decision, said Theresa Norwood, 48, who was born in
Crystal Springs and has lived there her entire life.

Norwood said she believes Weatherford should have married the Wilsons
regardless of the risk to his job.

"That church was their home," she said. "What would Jesus have done? He would
have married them, without a doubt, because it's the right thing to do. We're
all God's children."

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 held 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."

Norwood, who is black, said her nephew came
to worship at First Baptist Church while he was temporarily living with her,
having been evacuated from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The church "made
him feel at home," she said, but now she wonders whether he would return there
when he visits Crystal Springs.

The church is now holding internal meetings
to figure out how it should respond to future requests by black couples to be
married there, Weatherford told WLBT-TV.

For her part, though, Norwood, who is
dating a white man, said that if she and her boyfriend decide to get married,
they will likely look for a different venue.

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  • Lana 2012/07/30 00:04:47
    It was a dumb Mississippi church still living in the 1800's. And they call themselves christans ! LMAO, what jokes they are !
  • JDLogan 2012/07/29 19:44:27
    Traditions need changed sometimes.
  • ✞Knight of Honor 2012/07/29 19:05:49
    ✞Knight of Honor
    Racism is not Christian. All men are created equal.
  • DeeB 2012/07/29 18:57:48
    He should have been the 1st to take them out of the dark ages.
  • Freeranger 2012/07/29 14:03:43
    Obviously not. The best you can do is to focus on your wedding and move to another church....or justice of the peace for that matter.
    In this instance, it IS about you (both).
  • sky blue pink - American 2012/07/29 13:31:06
    sky blue pink - American
    You would think that a Church would be the last place to show prejudice.
    Have a nice day !
  • peaches 2012/07/29 13:28:56
    Horrible. Who would ever agree?!
    And it's things like this when I wonder why people are so opposed to government inference of the church because that's complete discrimination, and not to mention rude. The day before the wedding you decide to tell them this?!
    God, I'm glad I'm never going to get married in a church >.<
  • WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB 2012/07/29 10:23:32
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    "addressing a need within our congregation."

    Really? Is that what it's called, these days?
  • Its Me, Joel 2012/07/29 07:16:52 (edited)
    Its Me, Joel
    If we want to admit it or not, there still is some racism in the world. Do you really want to government / courts to start telling churches who to unite in marriage?
  • SteveMarine- JLA 2012/07/29 06:41:26
    SteveMarine- JLA
    That's screwed up for sure....but your talking a serious history....some folks take tradition very seriously....so I can understand why he made that choice.... as its the churches choice....while its really not right....its their choice.
  • xcide13 SteveMa... 2012/07/29 20:48:32
    Yeah, i see your point...we shouldn't be able to delegate what a church can or can't do...
  • SteveMa... xcide13 2012/07/29 22:38:49
    SteveMarine- JLA
    Not sayin I exactly agree with the choice...but I can see why he did it ... That had to be a difficult choice to make..
  • xcide13 SteveMa... 2012/07/30 13:47:47
    Especially in that region...
  • Anthony... SteveMa... 2012/07/29 22:07:00
    Anthony Souls
    It's surely not a church of GOD, as Jesus is open to everyone. To deny Christ to those that follow him is a Great sin, and they have done evil unto the Lord.

    Take care,
  • SteveMa... Anthony... 2012/07/30 00:02:09
    SteveMarine- JLA
    Yeah I can see ur point also.
  • Iamfree 2012/07/29 06:30:05
    This was a wretched things for that church to do, and the Pastor should have defied the small minority of church members who complained.
  • TheTruth1313 2012/07/29 06:14:30
    It is hard to believe that this kind of ignorant racism still exists.
  • Anthony Souls 2012/07/29 04:30:48
    Anthony Souls
    The reasoning was simply because they wanted to keep it a church in which only marries whites... If this was outside of a church, maybe it would have some crazy reasoning behind it to make it valid for today's society: Heritage special marriage officers or something. However, anyone can marry in any church they wish ordained by God. Jesus doesn't discriminate and they have done evil unto the Lord.

    Take care,
  • Gregaj7 2012/07/29 04:27:25
  • the_old... Gregaj7 2012/07/29 21:31:31
    Doesn't really make much sense to me, either. WWJD?
  • Gregaj7 the_old... 2012/07/29 23:16:15
    That "church" needs to do a scriptural study on John chapter 4.
  • Reichstolz 2012/07/29 04:14:11
    It is for the church to decide who they allow to use their facility.
  • MarcusRP 2012/07/29 04:10:36
    This makes me sad.
  • John "By God" American 2012/07/29 04:01:51
    John "By God" American
    If I were that pastor, I would have married them, then let them fire me. This pastor showed a total lack of character and Christianity.
  • sally 2012/07/29 03:51:44
    HOw is it possible that the pastor didn't know they were black in advance. I hope they get their money back, it's just not fair.
  • D D 2012/07/29 03:18:00
    D D
    I don't agree. They had the date booked with the church. I am taking into consideration that this is Mississippi as well. I am not surprised by it. Usually the pastor meets with the couple when they book. Did that not happen?
  • émilie✿ 2012/07/29 03:10:50
  • Dolly 2012/07/29 03:06:08
  • Starman - Guru of Reason 2012/07/29 02:51:53
    Starman - Guru of Reason
    Isn't this kind of blatant bigotry illegal? Time for the government to step in, close the place down and seize all it's assets.
  • Bob, the reasonable one 2012/07/29 02:44:46
    Bob, the reasonable one
    Totally disgusting, the pastor showed complete cowardice
  • Kat ♪ ~ ♪ 2012/07/29 02:44:14
    Kat ♪ ~ ♪
    It shouldn't have been booked there if they had a problem with it.
  • jOkEsOnYoU 2012/07/29 02:34:41
    I've been to Crystal Springs and that doesn't surprise me at all. If I were the pastor, I'd be out of the job.
  • 'Zedd 2012/07/29 02:31:03
  • Dark Knight 2012/07/29 02:29:29
    Dark Knight
  • Denny 2012/07/29 02:29:12
    I would flip burgers before I would work for those idiots.
  • Firefly 2012/07/29 02:28:01

    Here we go again ~


    giving Christianity a bad name !
  • *BIGGUMS* 2012/07/29 02:23:49
    That is the stupidest thing ive ever heard!! At least they are doing the right things in Gods eyes by actually getting married and then you say no because their not white? wtf?!?!?!?! thats is absurd!! so apparently your not one of Gods children unless your white according to that church, & you can worship their but its not ok to get married there. WOW!!!
  • sockpuppet 2012/07/29 02:11:40
    What in the hell is WRONG with these morons? I honestly did not think this sort of thing actually existed in this country at this late date.
  • the_old... sockpuppet 2012/07/29 02:18:37
    Very sad.

  • sockpuppet the_old... 2012/07/29 02:39:05
    It certainly is.

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