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Racism is STILL alive and well.....

December 2nd, 2011 at 03:14 pm

Kentucky church bans interracial marriage:::

A small Kentucky church has chosen to ban marriages and even some worship services for interracial couples. The Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church, located in Pike County, made the vote in response to a longtime member who is engaged to a man whose birthplace is in Zimbabwe.
The small congregation, which usually hosts about 40 members each Sunday, held the vote after longtime member Stella Harville, brought her fiancÚ Ticha Chikuni to church with her in June. The couple performed a song together at the church in which Chikuni sang "I Surrender All," while Harville played the piano.
Chikuni, 29, who works at Georgetown College, is black--and Harville, who was baptized at the church but is not an active member, is white. Dean Harville, Stella's father, said he was told by the church's former pastor Melvin Thompson that his daughter and her fiancÚ were not allowed to sing at the church again. However, Thompson recently stepped down and the church's new pastor, Stacy Stepp, said the couple was once again welcome to sing.(He stepped down due to his ignorance)
Stepp's decision prompted Thompson to put forth a recommendation saying that while all members are welcome at the church, it does not "condone" interracial marriage, and that any interracial couples would not be received as members or allowed to participate in worship services. The only exception? Funerals.
The Harville family has formally requested the congregation to reconsider the interracial ban, and Thompson has also said he would like to resolve the issue, the area CBS affiliate WYMT has reported.
A copy of the recommendation, obtained by WYMT, reads in part:
That the Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church does not condone interracial marriage. 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.
Members of the church held a vote on Thompson's proposed language, with nine voting in favor and six voting against. The other members in attendance chose not to vote.
Gawker notes that Pike County is 98 percent white and home to the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud.
The Harville family doesn't see Gulnare's new policy promoting anything like unity or civil peace. "They're the people who are supposed to comfort me in times like these," Stella Harville said.
And Stella's father was much more forceful in his denunciation of the interracial ban. "It sure ain't Christian," Dean Harville said. "It ain't nothing but the old devil working."

I know this has nothing to with finances but I am following up on an older post that another member had raised pertaining to topic of racism. That concludes as I stated on that earlier post that to some WE(including myself) will always be "The color of our skin" This proves that on some instances US colored folks are still not accepted and in total proves that ignorance, lack of education and misinformation along with the refusal of an OPEN mind is very much still existent in this world today and I being of color find this extremely redundant and purely unacceptable!

10 Responses to “Racism is STILL alive and well.....”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Thank goodness the larger Freewill Baptist association to which this small church belongs is speaking out against this and probably booting out this little local church. (I read that in the news yesterday.) And good for the new pastor being welcoming. I wonder if this is a church that is getting ready to explode from within.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    I don't think anyone was arguing that racism doesn't exist, just discussing fictional black characters' portrayal on TV.

  3. Bob B. Says:

    I read this post with my mouth held open. I hardly know what to say.

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    Racism hurts us all, black or white (or anything in between).

  5. jperryharris Says:

    @patientsaver well I gotta say that's the one of the best things I have read all day! Thanks for your loving compassion, God bless you and Happy holidays to you! I wasn't raised to see color but now that I'm an adult I gotta say I've experienced and seen some pretty mean things, again Thanks. Smile

  6. Amber Says:

    I must quote "I read this post with my mouth held open. I hardly know what to say."

    Wow Frown

  7. jperryharris Says:

    @Amber Thanks for your generous compassion offered, God bless you and Happy holidays!Smile

  8. Jerry Says:

    What an astonishingly horrible place that must be to have such ignorance and hatred be viewed as acceptable by a church leader. It would lead me to move, that's for sure. I hope that this family has some insurance that they can eventually find a place with acceptance and love for them.
    Jerry

  9. jperryharris Says:

    Thanks Jerry, I hope they have insurance too, but I definitely wouldn't move due to another persons ignorance at least I don't think I would!I would pray for them though. Some people just don't understand God's love because they don't feel it,and with so much hate in one's heart one's very far from God, once one accepts God's love into their heart they don't see color everyone is one in the same=ONE LOVE! God bless you!

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