ABC News and the News That, In Their Words, “Mississppi [sic!] Church Refuses to Marry Black Couple”

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.

That’s the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard of. They attend the church. The church knows who they are. And then at the last minute the church tells them they can’t be married there? It makes no sense.

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.

Why did it have to be a Baptist church? Couldn’t it have been a Church of God or a Church of Christ or a Pentebabbleist church? Ugh.

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.

Me too.

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.

Guess that won’t be happening, will it….

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.”

A need? What need? The need to have a KKK meeting at the hour the wedding was scheduled? It’s just absurd.  And yes, it remains absurd because it’s a man and a woman, not two men or two women.  The quest for ‘marriage equality’ by gays is not the same thing as racial equality in spite of the constant attempt to link the two by persons who aren’t familiar with the fact that one’s race is not a choice while who one has sex with is.

2 thoughts on “ABC News and the News That, In Their Words, “Mississppi [sic!] Church Refuses to Marry Black Couple”

  1. It doesn’t matter whether the “pastor” is ousted anymore. He’s not leading his congregation, he’s taking orders.

    He had the opportunity to show moral leadership and authority and to stand for what was right. He decided not to so that he could keep his job. In doing so, he proved himself unfit to serve in his job.

    There is no excuse for what happened.


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