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Church Votes To Ban Interracial Couples After One Shows Up

by David Badash on November 30, 2011

in Bigotry Watch,Civil Rights,Discrimination,News,Religion

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A local Kentucky church has reportedly voted to ban interracial couples from becoming church members or to worship under their roof, after one interracial couple showed up. The Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church in Pike County made the decision with the “best of intentions,” no doubt, saying they did it “to promote greater unity among the church body.”

David Edwards at The Raw Story reports:

Melvin Thompson, former pastor of Gulnare Freewill Baptist church, proposed the ban after Stella Harville brought her fiance, Ticha Chikuni, to services in June. Harville, who goes by the name Suzie, played the piano while Chikuni sang.

Before stepping down as pastor in August, Thompson told Harville that her fiance could not sing at the church again. Harville is white and Chikuni, a native of Zimbabwe, is black.

Last Sunday, church members voted 9-6 in favor of Thompson’s proposed ban. Others attending the church business meeting declined to take a stand on the issue.

“That the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church does not condone interracial marriage,” the resolution states, according to WKYT.

“Parties of such marriages will not be received as members, nor will they be used in worship services and other church functions, with the exception being funerals. All are welcome to our public worship services. This recommendation is not intended to judge the salvation of anyone, but is intended to promote greater unity among the church body and the community we serve.”

Harville told The Kentucky Herald-Leader that the decision is an embarrassment to God, the church and the whole community.

“It sure ain’t Christian,” she explained. “It ain’t nothing but the old devil working.”

 

The question, aside from the obvious, “What is wrong with these people?,” is, is this even legal?

Gulnare is also listed as the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church, but no record of them could be found online.

WYKT adds,

The couple is planning their July wedding which will take place out of Pike County.

WYMT also talked to Harville’s parents who are members at the church. During the church’s Wednesday meeting, they will ask the church to change its decision.
If not, then they plan to leave the church and look for a new church to worship.

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lepidopteryx November 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm

The fucked-up-edness of that church defies description.

IsThisBullSchit November 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm

You just gotta love the haters who hide behind the Bible and Christ's name, just like those who stand behind the Koran, and Allah's name… they all do the same damage to society when they bastardize the teachings of Christ and Allah, but call themselves their "FOLLOWERS". https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/photos-ak-sn….

Jessica Sideways November 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm

The unfortunate thing is that it is legal. Religious institutions try to fight for the right to discriminate against anyone they please and this is apparent in any legislation in the here and now trying to give gays equal rights.

fetate November 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm

so unfortunate… makes me want to cry and/or throw my hands up

IsThisBullSchit December 1, 2011 at 12:20 am

And they count on you to do that, so they can get away with their BULL$SCHIDT

Amy Zucker Morgenstern December 1, 2011 at 1:09 am

Religious institutions DO have the right to discriminate, that is, to decide who does and does not belong in their particular communion, and although their ways of doing so frequently sicken me, I think it is absolutely necessary. Think of the alternative: the state would be able to tell all churches whom to admit to membership. My church would have to let fundamentalists in–in fact, they'd so outnumber the Unitarian Universalists in most places that they could easily take over our congregations and vote them out of existence. The 1st Amendment says the state can't make any laws concerning the free exercise of religion. Let's keep it that way. The bigots can have their religious institutions and we can have ours.

I grieve for the couple, but hope they will shake the dust of that nasty little church off their shoes without a second thought.

MikeLikesSushi December 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm

That was well said Amy. People may not like what they do or the decisions they make but everyone not just churches have the right to believe what they want. That is their house of worship. Everyone has the right to admit whom they chose into their "house". I can't stand fundamentalists either but they have the right to congregate in their "house" and choose who may enter and who may not. I would not just let anyone off the street come inside my home. If the government told me I had to let anybody they choose inside my house then I would be ready to move to Canada.

shadowalking November 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Just disgusting.

IsThisBullSchit November 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm

OMG…That is SO CHRIST Like…(NOT!!!).
What a bunch of Pharisees…. they need to STOP Calling themselves Christians.

The sad thing is that Minorities in California (IE African Americans and Hispanics) OVERWHELMINGLY acknowledged (In Exit Polls) That they VOTED AGAINST (GAY) PEOPLES RIGHTS to be married.

Sounds like the Chickens may be coming home to roost.

Henious Either Way!

Wonder what the two biggest racists (Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton) Will have to say about this Story.

And how soon will it be before this church bans marriage for Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and even White people with the wrong color hair & eyes?

You just gotta love the haters who hide behind the Bible and Christ's name, just like those who stand behind the Koran, and Allah's name… they all do the same damage to society when they bastardize the teachings of Christ and Allah, but call themselves their "FOLLOWERS".
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/photos-ak-sn

fetate November 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm

They must worship the devil at that church because God is Love. Good luck to the couple. I hope this doesn't do anything negative to their bond. I'm so disgusted that this kind of ridiculousness is legal. If Congress wasn't so worried about taxing us to death to put money in their own pocket, maybe they'd have time to pass laws that make sense.

MikeLikesSushi December 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm

If Congress was to do that fetate then that would mean we are living in a fascist country. When people give up the right to belief, the right to question the norm, or when there are no more people to provide a dissent voice or an alternative point of view that can mean only one thing. We are all dead.

RevDrCarr November 30, 2011 at 9:39 pm

These people should stop taking Christ's name in vain as they do not demonstrate the love of Christ or His teachings. To use the name "Christ"ian, they should exemplify Christ. I doubt they would allow Christ, any of the disciples, apostles or writers of any of the books in the Bible they claim to embrace, as non of them were lily-white Americans. (Oh, and I am a white American). IF (emphasis on a big IF) these people make it to heaven I wonder if they will ask God for a transfer should they encounter anyone of another race!

IsThisBullSchit December 1, 2011 at 12:19 am

They would NEVER Allow CHRIST.. he was a JEW!!! Explain THAT one.

PastorMary November 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Questions: If fifteen voted (9-6), how many abstained? If "all are welcome at public worship services," how can they ban anyone from attending worship?

caneartist December 1, 2011 at 12:39 am

Well, Kentucky, West Virginia, and other Appalachian states have always had a reputation for being kind of "back-woodsy." This just goes to show how it bad it is. I feel sorry for the couple and for those in Kentucky that do not feel the same way as the dear Pastor Melvin. He probably sees the image of Jesus on his grilled cheese sandwiches.

ThundercatHo December 1, 2011 at 9:08 am

I think Herman Cain needs to address this issue.

wiccanwoman December 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

As a Wiccan clergywoman, I'd be honored to marry them in whatever type of ceremony they'd like. And PS… they'd be welcome at my Circle hearth anytime. God/dess is LOVE.

Hazel8 December 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

They're Baptists. Would you expect more?

Ohio_1967 December 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I agree they have the right to discriminate, seeing as they are a private organization. I also think the free press and individuals who disagree with them have the right to subject them to scrutiny and hopefully protests. They also open themselves up to being called ignorant, inbred racist hillbillies and ridiculed. It's a shame for people of Appalachian descent who are more progressive, such as myself, to be associated with such attitudes.

KarenVaughan December 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I wonder how they handle Moses who was married to Zippora, an African from Kush. (Or the Ethiopian eunuch who learned about Jesus while running alongside a chariot.- Ethiopia had churches long before Europe ) Banning Moses would mean no Ten Commandments..

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