All-white church bans interracial couples

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    Dec 01, 2011 8:45 PM GMT
    Church bans interracial marriages; ‘I am not racist’ said former pastor | New York Daily News A tiny all-white Appalachian church in rural Kentucky has voted to ban interracial couples from joining its flock, pitting members against each other in an argument over race.

    Members at the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church voted Sunday on the resolution, which says the church “does not condone interracial marriage.”

    The church member who crafted the resolution, Melvin Thompson, said he is not racist and called the matter an “internal affair.”

    “I am not racist. I will tell you that. I am not prejudiced against any race of people, have never in my lifetime spoke evil about a race,” said Thompson, the church’s former pastor who stepped down earlier this year. “That’s what this is being portrayed as, but it is not.”

    Church secretary Dean Harville disagrees: He says the resolution came after his daughter visited the church this summer with her boyfriend from Africa.

    Stella Harville and Ticha Chikuni — now her fiancé — visited the church in June and Chikuni sang a song for the congregation. The two had visited the church before.

    Dean Harville, the church’s secretary, said he was counting the church offering after a service in early August when he was approached by Thompson, who told him Harville’s daughter and her boyfriend were no longer allowed to sing at the church.

    “If he’s not racist, what is this?” Harville said of Thompson.

    The vote by members last Sunday was 9-6, Harville said. It was taken after the service, which about 35 to 40 people attended. Harville said many people left or declined to vote.

    The resolution says anyone is welcome to attend services, but interracial couples could not become members or be “used in worship services or other church functions.”

    Stella Harville, a 24-year-old graduate student at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, called the vote “hurtful.”

    “I think part of me is still in shock and trying to process what’s been going on the past few days,” she said. “I really hope they overturn this.”

    The church’s pastor, Stacy Stepp, said Wednesday that he was against the resolution. Stepp said the denomination’s regional conference will begin working on resolving the issue this weekend.




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    Dec 01, 2011 10:26 PM GMT
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    Thoughts:

    Mixed marriages never work.
    (But straight people keep trying....)

    Men are from Mars, women from Africa.

    I don't ever again want to hear anyone gloat about that 2007 Appalachian State debacle.
    (That's a football reference for those of you scratching your heads.)

    Sorry, it's hard for me to be serious in the face of such stupidity so I seek comic relief.


    Would it be OK if they promise not to (or can't) have children?

    I'm trying to figure out if the "not racist" part is about people of different "races" having sex of if the "problem" is that they would reproduce "impure" babies.

    Hmmm. What about related couples. Do they allow that?
    (You know, first cousins, brother/sister....)
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    Dec 01, 2011 10:47 PM GMT
    There's already a topic on this along with responses, or do you need a stronger prescription?
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    Dec 01, 2011 10:56 PM GMT
    mocktwinkie saidThere's already a topic on this along with responses, or do you need a stronger prescription?


    Maybe he has the person who started that topic blocked so he can't see it.



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    Dec 01, 2011 11:14 PM GMT
    "A tiny all-white Appalachian church KKK club pretending to be a church in rural Kentucky..."

    Fixed.
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    Dec 01, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    mocktwinkie saidThere's already a topic on this along with responses, or do you need a stronger prescription?

    Well I missed Metta's thread entirely until you mentioned it and I "searched" for the secretary's name....searching for the church name did not bring up the other thread.

    As to pithy comments, there are but 6 there. And If you count "kentucky, lol" and your usual weak stab at intelligence "lol. There's always going to be something silly happening in this world." as posts that just shouldn't be missed, then you are an even bigger moron than I've given you (credit?) for in the past. icon_razz.gif COLUMBUSITE777 is the only post worth reading there, imo.

    Thanks for posting this again, Troy. As I said, I missed metta's earlier thread on the subject and was glad to catch yours.


    It's only the very first topic on the list "News & Politics" list. Easy to miss? hmmm
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    Dec 02, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    Bigolbear said
    mocktwinkie saidThere's already a topic on this along with responses, or do you need a stronger prescription?


    Maybe he has the person who started that topic blocked so he can't see it.





    If mocktwinkie himself started said post, then, yes, that is very accurate.